Recently repatriated by CF Montreal, the young Quebecer Jules-Anthony Vilsaint intends to make his place within the formation even if it already counts on a well-stocked group in the attacking position.
The 20-year-old athlete, obtained on Saturday through a transfer from Royal Antwerp FC, in the Belgian first division, joins Romell Quioto, Mason Toye, Kei Kamara, Sunusi Ibrahim and Chinonso Offor as attackers. For the moment, no choice has been made on the identity of who will be the starter at the start of the campaign.
“Of course, I will try to learn from them, they are more experienced, explained Vilsaint in a videoconference on Tuesday. I’m going to take parts of their game and add it to my game. It’s a learning process and that’s what I try to do. »
He has already played as a winger, and the injury to Matko Miljevic, the severity of which was not yet established on Tuesday, could force things in this direction a little.
« I’m a versatile player, so wherever the coach needs me, I don’t mind. With my qualities, I can help the team,” argued the newcomer.
Focus on development
Growing up in Montreal, Vilsaint played for Panellinios Montreal FC before leaving for Europe. He is now coming home, at least temporarily. Indeed, the strategy of the Bleu-Blanc-Noir seems to be to train young players before sending them to bigger stages by doing good business on the transfer market.
Sporting director Olivier Renard has notably sent Djordje Mihailovic, Ismaël Koné and Alistair Johnston elsewhere in return for significant sums of money since the start of the last campaign.
« Jules-Anthony is a promising Quebec striker, » Renard commented in a press release. He has interesting physical qualities, in addition to having good speed despite his large size. We will help him develop and continue his progression with us.”
CF Montreal will continue its preparation in Fort Lauderdale with, in particular, preparatory matches on Wednesday and Saturday. The first meeting of the regular season will be February 25 against Inter Miami CF.