Wilfrid Kaptoum was one of the biggest signings that the New England Revolution made in the offseason, but fans had to wait until the 2021 season opener to see Kaptoum suit up in a Revs kit.
Kaptoum was absent in New England’s preseason friendlies as he picked up an injury. Last Saturday, the Cameroonian came off the bench in the 83rd minute and made his MLS debut.
Seeing that he only played for about eight minutes, there isn’t a whole lot that we can draw from Kaptoum’s performance. He completed five out of his six passes and overall simply looked healthy out on the pitch.
Kaptoum was asked about his debut by Frank Dell’Apa of the Boston Globe and said it was a positive experience besides the result.
He said, “It was a very nice experience, besides the tie. I felt good. The team’s working very well, we were strong. Things have just started but I think we’re going to continue improving throughout the season.”
Kaptoum also told the media on Thursday that he is feeling good and Bruce Arena mentioned that they expect to play the midfielder in some capacity in the home opener.
With the hype surrounding Kaptoum’s arrival in New England, it seemed like he was poised to be a constant fixture in the starting XI, but his hiccups in preseason have forced him to take on a smaller role for now.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, Kaptoum stated that he wants to help the team in any way he can when asked if he intends on starting against D.C. United.
The 24-year-old said, “Well that’s up to the coaches, it’s their decision. I intend to be in the best possible condition to help the team in any way I can and at any moment.”
No matter how many minutes Kaptoum plays, Revolution fans can’t wait to watch the midfielder on Saturday night.