|photo by Matt Kremkau
by Daniel Feurstein
As the winter window remains open for Major League Soccer the news was officially brought down this Sunday night that the New York Red Bulls have officially transferred Polish Youth International Striker Patryk Klimala to the Israeli Premier League as he will be playing for Hapoel Be'er Shiva. The Red Bulls will retain a sell-on percentage of the transfer fee if Klimala is sold to another club.
"We want to thank everything Patryk has done for the club," said Head of sport Jochen Schneider, "We wish him and his family all the best in their future endeavors."
Ever since Klimala transferred to the Red Bulls from Scottish side Glasgow Celtic two seasons ago, his production hasn't been what was advertised, or the number of chances he has taken has missed the net than enter it. For two seasons Klimala has accumulated a total of 13 goals and 10 assists in 3,740 minutes. His hot start last season quickly fizzled as the season went on with his opening goal at San Jose and two assists to help Lewis Morgan score a hat trick in Toronto.
While he was successful at the penalty spot, the truth is during the run of play, Klimala was very frustrating as he would get plenty of moments to convert chances, but either they were saved, nailed the woodwork, or shot high and wide. You could feel the frustration within the fan base as well as head coach Gerhard Struber.
With the rumors of a deal almost done bringing over Beligen striker Dante Vanzeir from his club at Union Saint-Gilloise, it looks like the Red Bulls will have a solid striker come over and rain in all the goals back to Red Bull Arena for the 2023 season and beyond. While you want to give Klimala a chance to show why he was supposed to be the one to convert chance for the club, it was plain as day that he still needed time to refine his skills. While you wish him good luck in his new venture in the Israeli Premier League, this was the right move by the Red Bulls as he didn't fit what Struber was doing with the tactics.
Now the Red Bulls need to be ready for their Coachella trip in the second half of their pre-season and get ready to open 2023 down in the land of magic inside the purple palace on Church Street as they will open at the end of February at Orlando City.