Romario Williams was the 3rd forward selected overall in this year's draft after Cyle Larin and Khiry Shelton. In 17 College games, he managed to score 7 goals along with 3 assists and 34 shots on goal. To know more about Williams, I have reached out to Lloyd Barker, the former Montreal Impact player and soccer analyst to ask him some questions about the young gun.
1-First of all how would you describe Romario Williams style on the field?
He is a speedy striker with the creative ability and willingness to go at defenders.
2-What are his strengths and weakness?
Strength: quickness and taking players off the dribble.
Weakness: Like most young players, he needs to improve his off-the-ball-movements. This will allow him to find useful spaces when the team is in possession.
3-Where do you think he is going to play next year? MLS or Montreal FC?
He was drafted for the first team. Where he eventually plays will be determined by the pace/rate of his development.
4-To which current MLS player you would compare him?
Kekuta Manneh from the Whitecaps: Quick feet, a bit erratic, unpredictable, capable of getting past most defenders.
Once again, a big than you to Lloyd Barker for a rundown on the most Brazilian of Jamaicans, Romario Williams.
So from what I understand here is that Williams is a sneaky striker who will be very dangerous around the net. To be effective, he needs to find the space like Marco Di Vaio was so good at and become a real "Renard de Surface"
Comparing him to Manneh from Vancouver is good news because the young bright star is having a good impact on the Vancouver Whitecaps squad and has had for the past two years.
I do agree with Barker on the fact that he was drafted to play with the big club and that only time will tell if he will play in MLS or USL. But, when I look at his skills set, it reminds me a lot of Jack McInerney and that could play against Williams. I’m not sure the management wants two players with the same skill-set on the field or on the bench.
Versatility is so important right now in MLS that it could hurt some of the playing time available for Williams but he is a long term project in my opinion and they need to be patient with him.
I want to thank Lloyd Barker for taking the time for answering my questions as it was a real honor and pleasure to be able to pick his brain on Romario Williams.
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