Nashville SC made another MLS signing, sending allocation money to Columbus for winger David Accam. We sat down with Jared Young of American Soccer Analysis to get some more information on Nashville's biggest signing yet.
Ben Wright: Can you give a brief overview of the type of player Accam is?
Jared Young: Accam is a wide attacking player. His speed sets him apart, but he’s also clever with the ball, can make the final pass and is a smart finisher. He immediately gives Nashville a proven threat offensively.
BW: What are some of Accam's strengths and weaknesses?
JY: In modern systems the wide players are required to defend a fair amount. Accam’s commitment to that end of the field is inconsistent. He’s capable but can get caught too high at times. He’s also not a high volume scorer. A good year for him will be 10 to 15 goals.
BW: Is there a specific style or system in which he's best?
JY: He might be best in a two striker system, paired with the target forward where he can come from the outside and play off the goal scorer who is taking most of the attention. That role would also limit his defensive assignments. He played a similar role with the Union this season and had 4 goals and 2 assists in 8 games. 4.
BW: He's had issues with consistency in the past. Should that be a concern for Nashville fans?
JY: If Accam is healthy he is a quality attacking player. His first season with the Union, in 2018, was marred by a groin injury that he tried to play through. He had an excellent 14 goal season in 2017 for the Fire, and was hot for the Union this season before the trade. If he’s healthy and used appropriately he will definitely contribute.
BW: How can Nashville make the most of him in 2020?
JY: The best thing Nashville can do is ensure he is integral to the attack. Commit to getting him the ball wide in the final third. Put him in positions to make a critical final play.