Portland Timbers’ search for a dynamic, young and versatile forward for the coming season has finally come to an end. The revered team is happy to announce the sign up of 24-year-old Brian Fernandez. This promising Argentine attacker had always been a top target for Timbers. But his high signing costs had initially pushed Timbers to look for other options. However, after a strange turn of events, Timbers has been successful to rope its much aspirational target and Fernandez’s signing marks the highest expensive signing for Timbers history.
Timbers’ search for a young attacker began when the club’s all-time top scorer Fanendo Adi, got transferred to Cincinnati FC in first quarter of 2018. It led the team to look for an effective replacement. But the road was not smooth. And after the bout with the ,Mexican club, the team manager Gavin Wilkinson sat down with his staff to chalk out the parameters needed in the new player. They took to deep strategic thinking as is seen with strategic card games like DominoQQ.
“Our focus was to find a dynamic, versatile and young forward who is excellent with feet and tryst and someone who can penetrate lines easily. We also stressed on the skill of getting behind defenses yet with the élan of attracting opponent’s attention all the time”, Wilkinson noted.
When Portland got to know about Fernandez, the team was elated to find a player who ticked on every box of parameters it was looking for in its new marquee attacker. Timers carried a thorough research on him and was impressed with his track record. The team had a long discussion with Fernandez and his team (Necaxa). Wilkinson and his team informed Fernandez about the amazing facilities and opportunities he is going to enjoy as a Timbers player.
Fernandez was inspired to join the Timbers as well. But as with every signing, this one too seemed to be a long-drawn process. Around March-April of this year, Timbers was really worried since the signing deadline was May 7. But finally, after thorough and transparent negotiations, Wilkinson was actually able to sign in the promising Argentine attacker on 6th of May.