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Lucas Cavallini isn’t Alphonso Davies, that much should be obvious.
And the Vancouver Whitecaps don’t necessarily need him to be. But it would be nice if Cavallini, the team’s rumoured acquisition, can put up some goals this coming season for a Whitecaps squad that desperately needs them.
Cavallini, a soon-to-be 26-year-old Canadian forward, has spent the last three years with Mexican club Puebla, scoring five goals in 17 matches last season after reaching at least 10 in the years prior (in more games played, mind you). He’s also rumoured to be costing Vancouver $6 million in transfer fees.
The Whitecaps were one of the worst teams in the MLS last season, coming dead last in the Western Conference in both points and goals scored (they registered a paltry 37).
And that came a year after teenage sensation Davies’ goal-scoring exploits made every contest a must-watch (OK, that might be a bit of stretch, but he and fellow former ’Cap striker Kei Kamara at least made the team entertaining).
In any case, it’s at least encouraging to see the team spend some of the reported $20 million they acquired for transferring Davies to German club Bayern Munich.
Bayern, by the way, likely doesn’t have any regrets over that transaction.
But was this the best allocation of funds? Hopefully. After all, though the total seems low, Toronto native Cavallini did lead Puebla in goals. (And no, Puebla wasn’t very good, coming second-last in league standings.)
Whitecaps fans will likely find out quite quickly if they are in for another year of watching the team flail away at the bottom of the standings.