There has been lots of movement in Whitecapsville this week. Not only did the club announce that Danish goalkeeper David Ousted has signed a brand new multi-year contract, but they have also confirmed the signing of Panamanian striker Blas Pérez for 2016 in what has to be catalogued as one of the worst kept secrets in history.
Another player that may be in the move in the near future is Jamaican forward Darren Mattocks.
American soccer super-pundit Grant Wahl reported today that Mattocks may be next in line to join the ever lengthening list of footballers making the move to the Chinese Super League. Although Wahl admits that a deal is not secured, the fact that Chinese clubs are making a splash this winter by tempting footballers from around the globe to join their ranks does not make the rumour hard to believe.
The potential move of Mattocks would be welcomed by a large majority of Vancouver fans who have long wondered just how long he would stick around due to the Jamaican’s lack of meaningful goal production since joining Vancouver prior to the 2012 MLS season.
Mattocks scored seven goals in his rookie season which lifted expectations for him. However, his abysmal record of only only 12 goals in total over the following three years has left the Whitecaps faithful disillusioned. Whenever trade rumours swirl, Mattocks’ name is consistently at the top of supporter lists of who should be offloaded.
The Whitecaps currently have Designated Player Octavio Rivero as the first option to lead the attacking line. The fact that head coach Carl Robinson has bolstered his attack through the signings of Masato Kudo and Blas Pérez, in addition to an apparent lack of suitors for Mattocks within MLS, makes it seem that the Chinese Super League could be the only option for the club if they want to move forward without the Jamaican striker.