With Pre-season going on and the start of the season is only two months away, the Fire still has much work to do to get into winning form. Now with the new arrivals of Juninho, Dax McCarty and Nikolic that helps the team a lot for the midfield and offense, Nikolic being a proven goal scorer at the age of 29. Nemanja Nikolic left his former club Legia Warsaw to join the Fire, having scored 41 goals in only 56 matches, in over two seasons also being 2015-2016 player of the year. Also, being the top goal scorer in the Ekstraklasa (Polish) League, Having a total of 194 goals in 326 appearances.
Also, the Fire will be getting a significant amount of experience from the 27-year-old Brazilian Juninho being a six-year veteran, being a Three-time MLS ALL-STAR, winning three MLS cups with LA Galaxy. The Brazilian midfielder arrived in Chicago Fire on a one-year loan from Mexican club Tijuana, in his 24 games played he had only scored 2 goals and 2 assists. For LA Galaxy Juninho Played 187 matches only starting in 180 of them while scoring 18 goals and making 23 assists. Juninho has great passing this is fantastic because now we have someone that can hopefully help the Fires offense. David Accam pace is Ridiculous, he’s fast to fast, he just leaves the defense staring and his shot is good, but what was the Fire lacking someone to give Accam good passes and now with Nikolic in the team Fires offense got a lot stronger. Including the new arrival of Dax McCarty, the midfield became a lot stronger.
So what do the Fire need to focus on more?? What do they have to improve on before the season begins?
Defense: The Main thing that the Fire need to focus on is defense, now Johan Kappelhof and Joao Meira were great in the back, but where the mistakes happened were between Brandon Vincent, Jonathan Campbell. Now them being rookies it takes time to adjust, but at the start of the season they both played great but then in the middle of the season they just forgot how to play and made huge mistakes that cost the Fire games. The Fire need a more experienced Defense to make Matt Lampson’s job easier, and those defenders would be mentors towards Vincent and Campbell. The new addition Dax McCarty will be a great help even though playing in the midfield we know he’s not afraid to go back and defend.
Playmaker: The Fire need a talented Playmaker to create those chances for David Accam, Chicago Fire have one of the best and fastest wingers in the league, but the can’t abuse his power if there’s no one to him those perfect opportunities. With the new arrival of Nemanja Nikolic and with current player Michael De Leeuw, the Fire needs someone to set perfect passes and plays, someone who can start an attack and is not afraid to join in on it. Just like Seattle’s Lodeiro, Chicago Fire still have DP’s spots to fill and with the rumor of Keisuke Honda rejecting offers from china and eyeing a move to the U.S. a player like Honda would be that great fit for the Midfield and Rumors of Bastian Schweinsteiger the Fire need to start making moves to strengthen the midfield, which I doubt will go through. With the new additions of Juninho and Dax McCarty, they will be major help to the midfield but we still need a talented playmaker
Communication: The last couple of seasons Chicago Fire lacked in communications, too many mistakes that could have been prevented if there were better communication on the field. Last season we saw mistakes happen between Brandon Vincent and Jonathan Campbell also saw it in the midfield with Khaly Thiam and Matt Polster. This is key to having to a successful season.