New York City FC winger Talles Magno has had a roller coaster season. 2023 was expected to be his year. The Brazilian was supposed to shine. Yet, that was not the case. His struggles and the poor management of the player by NYCFC caused him to have a not-so-great season.
The biggest issue was that Magno was played as a striker rather than a winger. It was clear to most of the media and supporters that the forward was not a striker. However, head coach Nick Cushing still believes he can play up front and center. Thankfully, he started as a winger over the last couple of games, and fans have seen more of the talented Magno who was signed a few years ago.
Meanwhile, Major League Soccer puts out a list of the top 22 players under 22 every year. The forward has been on the 22 Under 22 list in the past. After this season, one would think he would not be considered.
Talles Magno was named to MLS' 22 Under 22
To the surprise of many, Magno was a part of 2023's 22 Under 22. The 21-year-old NYCFC player came in at number 12. The following description was provided for him:
"Is he a striker? Is he a winger? The answer depends on who you ask, but one thing's clear: Magno has boatloads of talent and might be the most skilled player on this year's 22 Under 22 list. The Brazilian star is now in his third season with NYCFC and has produced 13g/13a in 78 games, showing flashes of being a $10+ million player – especially given the doors City Football Group can open in the global soccer world."- MLSsoccer staff
MLSsoccer.com believes Magno has more to offer. He has the skills and ability to be a star in the league. In some ways, they have ignored the difficult season the Brazilian has endured. Perhaps they also recognize it was partially not his fault.
Nonetheless, it is a wonderful achievement and hopefully will aid with Magno's confidence. He has the talent; it was just misused. Truthfully, it was seen over the last few games that he can be a meaningful player on the pitch when he starts as a winger. Yes, he did move around the attacking third and even was in the attacking midfield. But his performances proved he should not be a striker. That much is true, and one can only yearn for the day NYCFC recognizes this.
2023 might have been a roller coaster season. There were more downs than ups. No matter what, Magno continues to be one of the bigger talents on New York City FC's roster. That is why he was named in MLS' 22 Under 22 list.