Written by Patrick Echatah
Luis Suárez joined the already impressive roster of Inter Miami CF while he was in Florida. Hugo Lloris, a goalie, is another player who ditched European football for Los Angeles FC. And the New York Red Bulls signed Emil Forsberg from sister team RB Leipzig before either of those high-profile signings was completed.
Here are a few new stars. Still, what effect will they all have on their MLS team? Let’s look more closely.
Emil Forsberg: New York Red Bulls
There are two reasons why the Emil Forsberg’s transfer intrigues us. First off, Forsberg marks the first significant inbound transfer from Red Bull Global’s Leipzig location to its New York location. For RBNY, this pipeline may have immediate and long-term financial benefits.
Second, and more importantly for the 2024 season, Forsberg’s acquisition seems like a wise choice for a squad that has been in dire need of a No. 10 who can change games. Thus, Forsberg is unquestionably an improvement over Luquinhas in the offensive aspect of the game. Up to his transfer, the 32-year-old was still contributing to Leipzig’s success in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League.
The Swedish international has the ability to dominate a game on the ball, even though he hasn’t always been that kind of player. But Forsberg will undoubtedly benefit the Red Bulls from the first whistle of 2024 onward, as there is a glaring void to be filled and he has the expertise to address it.
Luis Suárez: Inter Miami CF
We’ve witnessed what happens when Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi play together. Warning: Things usually work out fairly well. When they last played together, Suárez is a clinical goal scorer who anchored FC Barcelona’s front line with Messi and Neymar.
Though he doesn’t score as frequently as he used to, Suárez is still a very dangerous goal threat. The legendary Uruguayan scored 17 goals for Grêmio in the Brazilian top division last season, winning awards for Best Player and Best Striker. Along with his strength and ability to deflect the ball away from opposition center backs, Suárez’s off-ball movement is still unmatched.
It’s simple to see a front three that has teenage Argentine sensation Facundo Farías making cutting runs down the left wing, Suárez pushing opposition center backs through in the middle, and Messi moving inside from the right wing to do Messi things. Leonardo Campana will also alternate with Suárez in a variety of games and events to spell the star now that Josef Martínez is no longer with the team.
MLS defenders need to exercise caution if Luis Suárez is as good in 2024 as he was in 2023 and those knee-related concerns are promptly resolved.
Hugo Lloris: LAFC
They went after a big name because LAFC’s top two goalkeepers from the previous season were not under contract. Hugo Lloris, who won a World Cup with France and spent almost ten years with Premier League team Tottenham, will start for head coach Steve Cherundolo’s squad.
With a year remaining on his Tottenham contract, Lloris seemed to be searching for the ideal position outside of England. That and a decline in performance perhaps prompted Tottenham to acquire Guglielmo Vicario as a starting goalkeeper.
Although Lloris has a long history, it remains to be seen if the 37-year-old will benefit LAFC. Lloris went from saving more goals than anticipated to conceding more goals than expected in his final two seasons with Tottenham. The Frenchman let in more goals than expected per ninety minutes last season according to FBref.
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