CF Montreal will be looking to better their finishing place in 2021 after ending the 2020 campaign in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. The Canadian club made a few additions to their team which should give them a chance of achieving a better finish in the coming season. Here are three key Montreal players to watch for during the 2021 campaign.
The Norwegian striker joins Montreal after a long career playing in various leagues around the world. Johnsen has had previous success scoring goals as the 29-year-old registered 19 goals during the 2018/19 Eredivisie season. Montreal has not had a player reach a double-digit goal-scoring season since Ignacio Piatti left the club. However, Johnsen may be that player to give the Montreal attack a boost and reach a season of over ten goals scored. The striker’s progress in his first season in Major League Soccer will be one of the things to watch for during Montreal’s 2021 campaign.
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After spending the beginning of his career with the Chicago Fire, Mihailovic is headed to a new club as he signed with Montreal in December. The 22-year-old is coming off of his best season to date in terms of assists. During the 2020 campaign, he registered seven assists to lead the way for the Fire. This was a career-high for Mihailovic and he has the potential to better that number in the 2021 season. Montreal’s signing of Mihailovic has the potential to be one of the best acquisitions they’ve made in recent offseasons.
After the departure of Saphir Taider, Montreal needs a new player who can create goals and Milhailovic can be that player who steps in to fill the void left by the Algerian international. He will have attacking players such as Johnsen, Mason Toye, and Romell Quioto to work alongside which should offer opportunities for goal creation from the new signing. It will be interesting to see if Mihailvoic will reach a double-digit assist season for the first time in his career as it’s certainly a possibility for the United States international.
Wanyama is set to begin his second season with the Impact. The former Tottenham Hotspur player will be one of the veteran leaders on a squad that will be looking to improve defensively. He will likely anchor the midfield in his usual defensive midfield role and can help Montreal improve after conceding the most goals in the Eastern Conference last season. If Montreal can limit the number of goals they concede in 2021 this could lead to a better finishing place. Wanyama can be a key player who assists in getting Montreal going in the right direction defensively.