It was a nice sunny Sunday afternoon for Kwadwo Poku until two hours ago. According to multiple reports, specifically Empire of Soccer, the 22-year old midfielder has been sold to Miami FC.
After missing the 18-man roster in yesterday’s match, and struggling to find a place in Patrick Vieira’s squad in the 2016 campaign, Poku will now take his talents to South Beach.
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The NASL team will increase Poku’s yearly wage to a reported $300,000 and according to multiple sources, Poku’s transfer fee was about $750,000.
The midfielder was rumored to leave NYCFC last year in a possible trade with the Philadelphia Union, but the deal never fell through.
It might be a shock to some of the NYCFC faithful as Poku was a fan favorite and excelled last season. Under Vieira, Poku was told he had to earn his place and while only playing seven games with three starts, Vieira was not impressed to say the least.
Poku’s last game came against the New York Cosmos two weeks ago when NYCFC suffered a 1-0 loss in the US Open Cup. Vieira publicly expressed his opinion about Poku’s performance and was not happy with Poku’s decision making in the match.
With the rookie Jack Harrison impressing in his last three outings and Frank Lampard getting back and meshing well with the rest of the squad, NYCFC had to make a move.
While Poku was considered to bea big part of NYCFC for the supporters, unfortunately it always come down to business and some players have to go.
Now the question remains–who’s next on Vieira’s chopping block?