Last year when the Revolution signed the 22 year old Congolese striker Dimitry Imbongo I was excited to see a new face among a group of washouts (Caraglio, Lekic, and Kinne). When he stepped on to the pitch at Gillette for the first time I sadly witnessed another forward who couldn't hold the ball, pass, or finish. On the rare occasion that he did see the field, he looked like he was a step or two behind the pace. However, it was also obvious that he was young, quick, and possessed remarkable strength.
Year 2: This year he seemed to sharpen his skill set and learned to use his physical gifts which helped him quickly emerge as a force to be reckoned with up top. A string of consistent performances showed coach Jay Heaps that he could hold off even the strongest of defenders, lay off the ball, take people on, and at times score some great goals. His hold-up style of play is perfect in Heaps 4-1-4-1 formation as he can carry the weight as the lone striker. However, with 3 yellow and 3 red cards in one season, the question must be raised... "Is his fiery temperament worth the risk?"
WIth Agudelo's departure at the end of the season we are left with Imbongo and Davies (who hasn't scored since 2011). Will he find his form or will he end up being another bust? Thats for you to decide... But I surely hope he can learn to control his temper and improve technically so he can score more goals for the Revs.
Would love to hear your thoughts!