Currently, Red Bull has its hands on four teams. Two in Europe, one in Brazil, and one in New York. Each of these teams have players who could help New York immediately, and some could even provide sell on value. Two of these players will be guys you look to buy. Two will be younger players who would make solid options for loans.
The Austrian International and RB Leipzig CB has fallen out of favor at Leipzig, moving towards the bottom of the very talented Leipzig CB pool. While Illsanker is not your traditional Red Bull signing as he is 30-years-old, a veteran presence who is well versed in the system could be a really good fit. He is open to moving by all accounts. Illsanker would be a synergy move, similar to what we saw with Ibrahim Segaya years ago, but would be a very solid addition. As a bonus, he can also play CM, which adds versatility to his game and makes him a solid passer out of the back.
I’m going to pass it over to RBNN’s RB Brazil/Bragantino expert Juan Mesa for the rundown on this young CM:
While not a frequent starter for Bragantino this season, the 21-year-old proved himself a solid option when called upon. Naressi is a dynamic midfielder with a lot bite, and covers ground well. He is not as elegant as Sean Davis or Cristian Casseres Jr., but is not shy about moving forward with the ball. Naressi has some veteran competition for 2020 as Bragantino move to the top tier of Brazilian soccer. A move to New York could be what he needs for the next phase of his development. He is a Red Bull Brasil product, familiar with the system.
The young Slovakian CM is only 18, but he recently signed a long term deal with Salzburg, and may be in need of a challenge above Leifering. New York would offer a great opportunity to get experience at a higher level, and prepare him to step into the Salzburg side next winter. Pokorny is a true 6, and he averaged double digit recoveries per game in his first season with Leifering. Often put in positions where he was the lone midfielder, his positioning allowed him to put out fires and recover balls that got through the press. He also has nice passing range, and his comfortable receiving the ball from defenders with his back towards goal, turning and firing a pass forward. Pokorny is young, but could be the type of 6 RBNY needs.
The 17-year-old right back has played in 14 games with Liefering, and all four of Salzburg’s UEFA youth league matches. He can play on the left or the right, and is a smooth operator out wide. Despite this being his first year as a pro, he never looks fazed, and he consistently puts in a good shift. With outside back being a priority this offseason, Dedic could be a solid depth option at either left or right back. He is more than capable of playing in MLS and even challenging guys like Kyle Duncan for minutes.
Photo by Bill Twomey Photography