Taty Castellanos has been hailed as ‘top-class’ by supervisor Ronny Deila after his brace in NYCFC’s 2-0 win over Inter Miami.
With Heber sidelined since September 2020 with an ACL damage, Castellanos has needed to shoulder a a lot larger goalscoring burden than he may need anticipated.
However this season alone, the Argentine has netted eight targets in 18 MLS appearances, organising an extra six – each group highs.
His newest strikes got here in a helpful 2-0 win over Inter Miami on Saturday that leaves NYCFC second within the Japanese Convention. The primary was a scientific header on the far submit from an outstanding Maxi Moralez supply, whereas he doubled his tally from the penalty spot simply earlier than half-time.
After the match, Deila praised Castellanos each on and off the sphere, hailing the 22-year-old as ‘top-class’.
“Off the pitch, he does every thing proper on a regular basis, he’s match and he battles,” Deila stated of Castellanos (through MLSsoccer.com). “Proper now, he can do it alone, however now we have extra depth within the squad and we may play two up entrance as properly when Talles [Magno] is more fit and Heber is back again. What Taty has done this year has been top class.”
Deila also praised his striker’s willingness to ‘fight’, despite a hectic schedule which has seen NYCFC play four games since the start of August alone.
“The pass from Maxi was superb, and the finish, I don’t need to say anything about that – it was top, top class,” he added. “He’s difficult to play against, Taty, again playing all the games and to put in that performance, fighting like he did on Wednesday night is something I’m really impressed by. Good to get two more goals, now he has three in two games. We have a top striker.”
Although he insisted he is extra targeted on getting wins for his group, Castellanos himself was glad to get on the scoresheet. He additionally advised reporters that confidence is one thing he isn’t in brief provide of.
“I’m very blissful for the win entrance and foremost, and for the targets as properly,” Castellanos stated. “I’m all the time trying to rating targets, each single recreation, and in the case of confidence – I’m all the time assured. The teaching employees and everybody on the assist group helps lots with ensuring we’re in the perfect place.”
Although they’re well-placed within the East, NYCFC face a troublesome interval of fixtures. First up is an away journey to Supporters’ Defend holders Philadelphia Union, earlier than a Hudson River derby clash at Purple Bull Area and the go to of MLS leaders New England Revolution on the finish of August.