Saturday, March 5, 2016

3/5/16: Can Columbus Keep Harrison Afful and Waylon Francis

With everything quiet on the Western Front.

Lets talk about the possible transfer out for Harrison Afful and about other news.

Nearly two months ago it was reported that Afful might head closer to Ghana by way of Turkey for
three times the amount of cash.

It appears he is likely to stay with Columbus currently but could it be just until the August transfer window?

The Ghanian talent had an excellent first year for Columbus. More recently he mentioned his desire to win MLS Cup in his second year with Columbus.

“My expectation is just the one: just to win the trophy for the club," he says.
"This year, we are ready and we are going to get that trophy for the club and for the city.”

Amro Tarek was signed by Columbus as a loanee from Real Betis. He's mostly a left back which makes you wonder if he could transition into Afful's position, or if there is an interest in Waylon Francis.

Columbus could've signed the Egyptian just in case one goes.

There has to be a lot of clubs looking at both as possible quick wingers. Both have beyond reached fan expectations.

Former Crew player Giancarlo Gonzalez has been a pretty solid performer for a big European club such as Palermo.

The Crew defense wasn't fantastic in 2015. But, both defensive wingers have checked off the marks. I think Columbus will have to battle to keep both. If not this Summer, next offseason.


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