French ahead Corentin Jean is formally on the bottom in Fort Lauderdale as Inter Miami set their sights on a significant playoff run within the latter half of the 2022 MLS season.
The Herons had already pulled off the eye-catching acquisition of Spanish playmaker Alejandro Pozuelo from Toronto FC throughout this window. But they weren’t executed there, with Jean arriving from RC Lens with 160 French Ligue 1 video games underneath his belt.
Inter Miami have already got a formidable array of attacking items at their disposal with forwards like Leonardo Campana and Gonzalo Higuain equipped by Pozuelo via the center and Indiana Vassilev out huge.
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Jean’s job will seemingly be to enrich the assault in a number of areas, with head coach Phil Neville hailing the 27-year-old’s versatility.
“He’s at a brilliant age where he’s approaching his peak,” Neville stated at Jean’s introductory press convention. “He’s very versatile, he can play 7, 11, 10, like a 9. He’s really quick over 5-10 metres, he can beat people one-on-one, he’s got really good set-piece deliveries and from wide areas. And he’s got just that big-game experience that we feel he’s going to give us that composure in the final third. We’ve got Pozuelo, we’ve got Coco in now to add to the really good players that we’ve got.”
Although he personally prefers to be the person in the center, Jean himself revealed that he has been used extra on the wings in coaching, alongside a central striker.
“I have been very well received by the team,” he stated via a translator. “I like to play up top but the coach prefers to play in a 4-3-3. I have been used more in training in either the left or right position as a support for Gonzalo and Campana. But I hope our relationship will continue to develop and so far so good.”
He added: “When I was in France I had a chance to see some of the games. There is definitely a lot of quality in the team and the league itself has a lot of parity, so every game is difficult. For myself, I do. like having space to work with, so the style of play favors myself. I enjoy playing on the left or the right, but my preferred position is definitely up top as one of the two strikers.”
Jean may make his Inter Miami debut when the workforce host FC Cincinnati on Saturday, though Neville won’t rush his integration.
“I think he hasn’t played a game since May, so we have to make sure that when we put Coco in it’s the right time and he’s ready to perform, and not leave him short,” he stated. “So we have some really good decisions to make at our forward positions.”