The Vancouver Whitecaps will have a giant void to fill on their attacking line after the departure of Camilo Sanvezzo.
The star forward signed with Liga MX outfit Querétaro in a move that had plenty of controversy attached to it. In the end the former MLS Golden Boot joined the Mexican side in a $2 million transfer, so now the Whitecaps won’t have their main scoring threat for this upcoming season. Most of the fans are worried about the lack of goals the team could suffer, but Vancouver has enough pieces to replace the Brazilian forward.
The presence of Kenny Miller gives Vancouver a steady option forward, but it’s clear he doesn’t have enough talent to be the sole presence upfront. Some of the young players will have to step up, and a trio appears to be ready to take the next step: Kekuta Manneh, Darren Mattocks and Omar Salgado.
Out of these three players, Manneh is the one who appears to be ahead of the pack to claim a spot in the starting lineup. The 19-year-old Gambian striker has enjoyed some success already last season – even notching a hat-trick against Seattle Sounders in October last year – and he has been reportedly targeted by the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool so he could be poised for a breakout year right when the Whitecaps need him the most.
Omar Salgado – a former 2011 MLS SuperDraft first overall pick – and Jamaican international Mottocks have hit a few roadblocks in their development, but they have enough potential to break out as well. After all, they are still young enough to fulfill the talent many believe they have, and with more opportunities they could be ready to lead the team’s attack next year.
These are a lot of ifs, but one thing that is certain is that the Whitecaps have internal options to replace Camilo. If these three strikers can turn things around and improve their game this year, the Whitecaps might turn a few heads this year.