I’m getting tired of seeing people slam Maxi every time he fails to convert a chance.
He has already exceeded his best career goal scoring season by 33% Among the top 10 MLS assist leaders, he is behind only Diego Valeri and Almiron for most goals, and behind only Kaku for most assists. He is tied with Giovinco for goals scored. The only players besides Valeri and Almiron with more goals than Maxi are pure scorers who don’t run the offense and don’t create assists (and Maxi has more assists than those 2). To be honest I never thought we’d see a season like this from Maxi. I would not be either shocked or consider it a failure if he didn’t hit net again this season, and I doubt he repeats it next year. The problem is Villa is hurt and aging, while Medina, Berget, and even Shradi provide only sporadic relief for Villa’s missing goals.
There is no case for having a reasonable expectation that he should be doing better and the reflexive complaints seem kind of empty. I get that he has missed a good number of very solid chances. But nobody in MLS is doing better than him right now in his role.
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