Answer: guys who want to drift inside--Fred, Tino . . .
So that's why the flirtation with 21-year old Portmore United and Jamaica winger Eric Vernan seems so exciting. An honest to goodness wide player, who can play on either flank, and, if his performances in the Digicel Caribbean Championships (MVP!) are to be believed, is ready to make a step up in the level of his play. Did I mention that he's 21? Unfortunately, he's also the only current member of the Jamaica squad not to have an entry on Wikipedia yet (get on that, internet minions!) So what type of player is he?
Well, Jamaica head man (and former England and Liverpool great) John Barnes gives us this puzzling assessment (via the Jamaica Observer). . .
"We know what small men are like, look at Adolph Hitler, Napoleon and people like that. So he is tenacious and when you are small you have to play like that,"
Ouch! Well, we know he's short, so that fits the United bill, right? How about someone with a more football-specific measure? Fortunately, Barnes' assistant, Theodore Whitmore, comes to the rescue with (also from the Jamaica Observer). . .
"Eric reminds me of a young Ricardo Gardener when he was just coming through"
Ah, now that's more like it! Bolton's winger/wingback is a player that I've always enjoyed watching, particularly this year, when he's playing in a more unfettered role on the left wing.
So, a young, short, hard working, tricksy winger that can score goals and set them up. That's the picture I'm getting. If that is in any way accurate, I'll be a happy fullback. Of course, given the FO's recent body of work, we may be looking at this guy instead.
Fictional corpses aside, what do you think? Happy to see the wings addressed? Pleased that we're adding a young gun emerging on the international stage? Think we should, I don't know, maybe try to land a defender or two before First Kick? Wonder if we're going to put the 2008, score-in-bunches, but surrender-in-bushels Galaxy in the shade?