His twitter handle: @kekuta16
#CrewSC just pulled off a big move signing Kekuta Manneh for just $300K and Tchani, wow who drugged the Whitecaps GM #MLS— Abdoulie ⚽️ (@Jammeh_2) March 30, 2017
May be a good, okay move for both clubs considering both players could fill a discernible gap better for both.
Sort of a no loss move for Columbus with Tchani not making the 18 and us having at least two, perhaps three other starting quality DM's (Trapp, Artur, and Abu). In addition, Naess is a solid enough fourth.
In retrospect, the Whitecaps had Russel Teibert (DM) and Alphonso Davies (RM) in positions on March 18th where Tony Tchani would go or perhaps could go in a 2-0 loss at home to Toronto.
Never hear of them? Me either.
If you're in need of similar enlightenment both are Canadian homegrown players for Vancouver.
About all you need to know to know Tchani is likely an upgrade.
In addition, perhaps the Whitecaps feel that they have other players like Manneh in Mazqueida, Bolanos, Montero, Hurtado, and Shea if you want to be generous.
Either way Manneh has still started 2 out of their 3 games and has played 136 more minutes than Tchani so far this year.
Yet, this story mentions that Carl Robinson may have been looking to get something for Manneh while he still can.
Could be losing him anyway. Last year of contract.
If Columbus can't or don't re-sign him they keep the 1st round pick that they gave up in this deal for next year.
In comparison, Columbus needs someone in attack finishing more chances.
Were top in the league at shots on goal and the Opta expected goals. But, have 7 goals.
Vancouver needs an upgrade or two in the non-attacking half of midfield and Columbus could use another wing, attacking option.
The $300,000 K in allocation is because the 22 year old Manneh with over 100 caps and over 20 goals in MLS already is just a bit more of a commodity.
Especially if you can talk him into a longer contract. If not, you've lost your current 4th string DM for a season and gained a solid attacker for a season.
Despite what Tchani's real worth might be. If that's what you think as Berhalter then it's a low risk, strong bet.