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2018 Dossier: Jefferson Savarino

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In half a season, Savarino was a revelation. We can’t wait to see what he does with a whole season!

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at Real Salt Lake Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Since moving to a 4-3-3, the right wing position has been a troublesome spot to fill. Sebastian Jaime wasn’t the answer, ‘Burrito’ Martinez seemed like the answer until he decided he didn’t want to stay in Utah anymore. It seemed like as long as we couldn’t fill that hole, the shift away from the diamond was doomed to fail.

Enter: Jefferson Savarino.

What to Know

Joining on the 9th of May, Venezuelan international Savarino has been a consistent member of the line up and his impact was almost instant, notching up an assist in his second game in an RSL jersey. In half a season, he hit managed 6 goals and 7 assists in 19 starts. Set to be a starter in the RSL line up and a sleeper pick for club MVP, the 21 year old joins and already impressive haul of young players yet hit their full potential.

What to expect in 2018

Expect him to start ahead of Bofo and continue to be a regular fixture unless something drastic happens. My gut feeling tells me that he will be the main creative outlet on the wing while Plata plays more like an inside forward to take advantage of his finishing prowess. With the speed he plays at he may not hit 90 minutes in every game but he will

What to hope for

Assuming he starts every MLS regular season game, we could be looking at double digit assists from the talented playmaker. With a brand new target in Alfredo Ortuño and a full pre season with the team to get up to speed on the concepts and shape Mike Petke wants, he should see more of his influential play resulting in goals.