On Friday, New York City FC announced the signing of winger Agustín Ojeda from Racing Club de Avellaneda in Argentina. The forward’s contract will keep him with the club until 2028. There is an option until 2029. Moreover, the 19-year-old joins via Major League Soccer’s U22 initiative. The contract is likely this long in order to ensure the team can receive proper compensation when he eventually makes the move to Europe.
Of course, there is never a guarantee Ojeda will eventually make that jump. However, he is a player with a lot of potential. Many believe he will become a star and can possibly become one of the top attackers in MLS.
Ojeda’s potential makes him a great signing for NYCFC
NYCFC clearly recognizes the potential of the young player. He made just 24 appearances with Racing, where he scored three goals and had two assists. He predominantly played as a left-winger in his young career, but he can also slot in as a right-winger and in the central midfield.
This makes one question whether Talles Magno will truly move on from the Pigeons. There were rumors that he was seeking a move, but there is also a chance the Bronx side will try to help the Brazilian return to his top form. That way, he can make a jump to Europe at a higher level.
Ojeda’s versatility gives NYCFC room to rotate and move players around in the final third. Sporting Director David Lee recognizes this. “He’s a very talented player with high potential and he’ll add more variety and competition to our front line,” he told NYCFC.com.
That is exactly what the club needs. One of the main problems in 2023 was the lack of a direct offensive threat and the lack of goals. The increase in offensive options means NYCFC is already moving in the right direction in the new year. Plus, there is room for another attacker or two. Ideally, the club will announce a striker next. Mounsef Bakrar needs the competition, and Gabriel Segal will be utilized as depth.
New York City FC still has a good amount of work to do before they begin the season later this month. Ojeda will need time to adjust to his new surroundings, but one can only hope he will take the league by storm once he becomes comfortable.