The Revolution announced Tuesday night they have gained $150,000 in General Allocation Money from Montreal in exchange for the MLS rights to 28-year-old defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama.
New England had filed for discovery on Wanyama, which allowed the Revs to control his rights in the American top flights. Teams have a maximum of seven players on their discovery list at any time.
Montreal had acquired Wanyama from English club Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the day, and announced he would be listed as a designated player.
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I was getting into bed when this news broke — the GAM portion, not the transfer itself; that came around the dinner hour — so while nestled under the covers, I went to Twitter to gauge the reaction.
There were many scratching their head as to why the Revolution did not reach out and get Wanyama’s signature, especially with the way the midfield has played in the past. Their argument — and it’s a valid one — is that New England doesn’t really need another DP goal scorer, a la Adam Buksa; what they need is a stiffened midfield to slow counterattacks. Wanyama could have — could, could — brought that to the Revs.
I would like to point out, however, that just because a club has a player on its discovery list — and yes, I know… how can a club “discover” a player who has over 200 appearances on the British Isles, between Celtic of Scotland, Southampton, and Spurs? — does not necessarily mean they have to sign that player. They can do exactly what they did Tuesday night: the club in question gets allocation funds they didn’t have before, and another club gets a player they need. That incoming allocation money can help pay down salaries. It has happened before: last year, the Revs traded Claude Dielna’s MLS rights to Portland for $100,000 in GAM, and the year before that, they transferred Krisztian Nemeth to Sporting Kansas City for a mix of TAM and GAM.
And quite possibly Wanyama didn’t fit in with Bruce Arena’s tactics; we hear a lot about teams only bringing in players if they are the right fit. And maybe Wanyama didn’t want to come here. Who knows?
The Revs — and I’m just spitballing here; I don’t have inside info — must have thought they have what they need at the Nos. 6 and 8: Wilfried Zahibo stepped in and did what he had to do on Saturday, and Diego Fagundez performed well at the No. 6. Kelyn Rowe and Scott Caldwell are there, too. And when Luis Caicedo comes back, he has the speed to track back.
I can see the fans’ points, and yes, I can see them souring and complaining should Buksa, the third and final DP, not live up to the hype. But I can also see the coaching staff having confidence in what they have, too.