Kwadwo Poku: U.S. Open Cup could be the spark

It really hasn’t been the year that everyone thought it would be for Kwadwo Poku. Following the 2015 season, the midfielder was widely expected to play more and make an impact. In Patrick Vieira’s reign, it has been the complete opposite.

Could next week’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match against the New York Cosmos be Poku’s spark to get fired up?

Playing in only six games this year with three starts, the 24-year old has had some trouble fitting in Vieira’s system. With just three shots on target, only one has landed in the back of the net and it was a beauty.

Last year against the Cosmos, Poku scored with a bicycle kick and did all he could for his club. Following the Cosmos match, Poku saw more minutes and the supporters got to see that Poku fire.

Next Wednesday, everyone’s expecting Vieira to switch up his usual set up and do a complete rotation. He might want to rest up Andrea Pirlo, Mix Diskerud and Thomas McNamara. We could see Frank Lampard grabbing his first start, but Poku’s chances of starting are really high.

If he does get the starting nod, he must take advantage of every chance he gets and keep his energy levels high. In the three games that he started, Poku started off great, but slowed down around 60th minute.

One of the main reasons that Vieira hasn’t used him is his fitness level. If Poku can keep up for the full 90 minutes, create chances, put some shots on target and even grab a goal, Vieira might be more intrigued to the idea of playing Poku more.