Kwadwo Poku Should See More Time During Mix Diskerud's Upcoming Absence

With the biggest game in New York City FC’s young history on the horizon, there is one player who needs to be on the pitch come Sunday, Kwadwo Poku.

Aside from being the only player who showed up against the Cosmos last week, there are a handful of reasons why Poku should be in the starting squad against rivals New York Red Bulls in the second Hudson River Derby.

Life without Mix

First and foremost, Mix Diskerud will be tending to his national team duties once the 2015 Gold Cup gets underway which will leave a huge hole in the midfield which, in my opinion, should be filled my Poku. The team should learn how to play with him on the field and to be completely honest, he has earned the right to be in the starting eleven which is something manager Jason Kreis makes abundantly clear in his press conferences. Kreis has reiterated that he does not give starts to people just for the heck of it and that players need to earn their spot in the starting squad.

What is NYCFC waiting for?

The Ghanaian has only started in one match besides their U.S. Open Cup thriller against the Cosmos. And oh, by the way, the match he started, Poku happened to have an assist and City pulled out a 2-1 win against the Philadelphia Union. He has brought life and pace to every game in which he has come off the bench, and anyone with a clue would be able to tell that this young man should be in the starting eleven on a consistent basis.

Who will do the running?

One of the most concerning questions surrounding the surplus of talent that will be coming to the Big Apple is, who will do the running in the midfield? With Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo coming to join the Light Blues, who will do the nasty, gritty, donkey work that is required in the middle of the pitch? The answer is none of them. No offense to the English and Italian legends, but there days of covering large amounts of ground are over. They are there to facilitate play on the attack and keep the ball in front of them when defending. Diskerud is no bone-crunching number six either. The solution? Move Mix out wide and have Poku sit behind Pirlo and Lampard when they arrive.

This scenario is obviously a few weeks away but to be completely honest, this process needs to start right now. After the abysmal start to the season, NYCFC cannot afford to have an adjustment period when Lampard and Pirlo hop off the 4 in the Bronx. This train needs to get moving and moving quickly. They are in a great spot right now and have worked extremely hard to put themselves in a competitive place in the table, but the wheels can easily fall off again once Mix leaves for the Gold Cup.

Inserting Poku will give Mix more freedom to attack and will serve a greater overall purpose of simply making the team better. This kid makes the team better in every way, so why only use him for a limited amount of time? Why is there a ceiling on how many minutes he plays? 20-30 minutes of Poku is solid. He will give you pace, a sense of urgency and even some goals. Just imagine what 90 minutes of his services can do for this side though.

I can see Poku in the dressing room before the Red Bulls match, pleading to Jason Kreis, “HELP ME, HELP YOU!”