The 29-year-old Canadian International midfielder’s contract is coming to an end this summer. Given that Scott Arfield is able to play almost anywhere along the midfield line he could be a great addition to the squad without taking an international spot.
What does he brings to the table?
Arfield is currently playing with Burnley, who sit seventh in the English Premiere League (EPL). An important but expendable midfielder for Burnley could be a great pick up for either Canadian club. Given the position that Burnley is in right now (not facing relegation and sitting mid-table in the standings) they will likely want to make big moves in the offseason and signing Arfield would not be one. Arfield has 22 goals and 12 assists in his passage with Burnley (193 appearances). These aren’t astonishing numbers but in comparison to other players who have played in the EPL and now play in the MLS it is without question he can be a difference maker.
But at what cost?
Given his skill level it would not be surprising for him to be one of the higher paid players of the either team. Players in the MLS who have had similar paths and playing styles as Arfield have earned a few millions which will play into the decision of both Canadian clubs.
Furthermore, if the Impact do manage to sign Arfield it will not only be expensive but also take up their final designated player slot. This could be costly for the Impact given that they have very little defensive depth for the time being and their forwards have not proven to be super effective.
If he were to join the Impact he could run into some familiar faces such as Edwards, Petrasso, Piette, etc. Having played about a dozen games (1 goal and 4 assists) for the Senior Canadian national team, Arfield has already developed somewhat of a relationship with multiple players currently playing with the Impact.
The midfield might not be the Impact’s biggest issue at this time but the timing to acquire this player is right now. With Arfield’s Burnley contract coming to an end this summer and the interests for him to come play in Canada developing the Impact need to seize their opportunity. It is without question that he will bring a certain quality to the pitch but the big question is at what price?
Do you think it would be a good idea for the Impact to sign Arfield even if he will take up a designated player spot and likely cost over 2 million?
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