To me he has changed/evolved as a player since 2016, when he was an erratic player who had his moments but never really lived up to the skill he could show. 2017 he was crowded out to the bench by Vazquez and the good form of Delgado, Cooper too was more useful. But in 2018 Cooper was gone, Chapman more the understudy, Vazquez became chronically broken (back issues), Osorio needed to fill the void, he did, but not in a creative capacity - to me he regressed here (still good on 1-2's in around the box) - it was his unexpected surge in goals that helped the team immensely, all the forwards where getting injured and the reserves under performing. Osorio developed this great nose for goals, just being there where the ball would magnetically find him in the box ... it must be something Vanney can coach into his players, Morrow too developed that "johnny on the spot" ability, despite not being a forward.
Anyways last season was best of his career, I think it was 18 goals in all games, Champions League top scorer. He also added a very good work ethic of helping defensively in his own half and became a better ball winner than Delgado. His main problem is his weak physique, he is not strong and might be lower BB if the form was any more steady, he's also slowed down in my eyes - and he is only in his late 20s! But his brain has become much better, and really TFC have been a slow pedestrian/cerebral team for years, so he fits the system, but it can be painful as to how slow the team is in transition - this was particularly seen in CONCACAF CL, where zippy Mexican teams ran circles around most of TFC's players (happens in MLS too but less often) but was more visible vs higher caliber opponents.
Some Colombian manager/team was interested in him for their 2019 Libertadores(?) campaign, TFC instead managed to get him on an new deal as he was almost a free agent, also heard rumours of some Bundesliga teams - nothing material - but I think he could succeed abroad, his skill on the ball has always been there, its just been his motivation/Form that has stalled him being more recognized. Still zones out too often from large stretches of a match, but has a knack of getting winning goals in random moments ... its almost as if he is lulling opponents to sleep with his ineffectivness, only to do pop up with a goal hahaha ... 4d chess.
I lowered Attack from the 79 I gave him for 2018, instea d placed him at 72, very good for a mildfielder in MLS, and thats him, nothing more, doe not need to be special there - too often absent in not making an impact - instead gave him *Scoring for old gen PES, for new gen I have no idea how to replicate a CMF getting in the six yard box late and acting like a poacher? *Positioning too, since he makes the space when the real forwad is at the tap in spot, he drops back to be the option.
The scoring trend continues into 2019, hope he keeps it up till WC 2026 .. he'll only be 33 and he already has the physical prowess of an old man
, so he is set ... 4d chess bois.
Very nice goal yesterday. https://youtu.be/O-pKXAc5EUM?t=103
He was later subbed out because he collapsed from heat exhastion, it has yet to reach 20 C in Toronto this year, but in Orlando it was 32 C and 80% humidity from a thunderstorm earlier in the day, Pozuelo also was cramping by end of the match - not enough fluid in the bois. 5 mmatches in 20 days, drink up judah ben hur.
some of his 2018 goals https://youtu.be/ElQRL69otyk?t=29