City Set to Sign Aberdeen Winger Gary Mackay-Steven

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A deal to get Scottish winger Gary Mackay-Steven to Yankee Stadium appears to be set with the player going through a physical in Manchester according to The Scottish Sun. The team was linked with Mackay-Steven last season before Patrick Vieira departed for France and interest seemed to dissipate under Dome Torrent. That has changed and the player may be joining the team in early July.

The 28-year-old has spent his entire career in the Scottish Premier League, playing with teams like Celtic, Aberdeen, and Dundee County. Since 2011 he has scored 38 goals with his best season being in 2013-14 when he netted 10 in all competitions. The move is a bit of a shock considering the depth of wingers currently on NYCFC. Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, Alexandru Mitrita, Valentin Castellanos, Jesus Medina and Ronald Matarrita have played in that position. Adding Mackay-Steven will certainly create a deeper bench but there are still concerns in the striker position where Heber remains the only option.

There is the chance that Mackay-Steven could be a back-up striker. He has scored 16 goals over the past two seasons and perhaps could be interested in a position change under Torrent and CFG. If not, he will be working hard to usurp a spot where two players in Tajouri-Shradi and Mitrita have staked their claim to a starting position.

Another mystery is the transfer fee associated with such a move. City does not have an empty designated player spot but could buy down one of their other contracts or sell a Medina who has not produced for the club since joining in 2018. City are still involved in the US Open Cup and have only one loss in the 2019 season, making them an interesting team to join and one that could be on the cusp of adding the first significant silverware that New York City soccer fans have seen since the days of the Cosmos.