Offside Football has confirmed with two team sources that the Armada are shopping Barrow and Glenn in pursuit of a starting striker.
Apparently a deal was close with North Carolina Football Club that would have swapped Barrow and Glenn for former Armada striker Matthew Fondy. However, the deal broke down in the latter stages for unknown reasons. Fondy arrived in Jacksonville following a terrific USL season in which he bagged twenty-one goals and won Most Valuable Player. However after only nine appearances for the Armada he was sold to North Carolina in an effort to reduce costs and payroll as the team moved to league ownership. Since then he has scored thirteen goals and recorded five assists in thirty-eight appearances.
Danny Barrow is perhaps the most talented Armada player with the ball at his feet. Unfortunately he carried injuries into the start of the season and has been unable to dislodge any of the starting line up. Zac Steinberger, Kevan George, and Jack Blake are Mark Lowry’s preferred midfield trio, with Nicklas Maripuu being the first choice off of the bench. Barrow is more of a true number ten in the Spanish trequartista tradition. Give an opportunity in that role, he has the skills to be successful. However, Lowry utilizes the number ten position as more of a shadow striker role, evidenced by Steinberger’s Spring Season goal haul.
Jonathan Glenn’s position on the trade/sell block is no surprise. His time in Jacksonville has been tumultuous. Despite being the most polished and experienced striker on the team Glenn lost his spot in the starting lineup to young upstart Derek Gebhard. Since then Glenn has faced accusations of laziness from the fans and found himself relegated to coming off the bench. Jonathan Glenn is a proven target man, and is just a poor fit for Mark Lowry’s system. He has the tools to be a successful NASL striker if placed in a tactic that suits his play style.
Swap deals are notoriously hard to achieve in football. However, individual sales are not. Liverpool, for example, did not purchase Andy Robertson from Hull City this summer until Hull City completed the purchase of Liverpool’s Kevin Stewart. Both purchases were completed for approximately eight million pounds. The Armada could pursue a similar tactic in attempting to swap Danny Barrow and Jonathan Glenn for a proven striker.
More than likely Barrow and Glenn, despite being fantastic servants to the club, would be happy to leave if it meant first team playing time. While Derek Gebhard has stepped up since becoming the starter, the Armada need a proven striker that suits Mark Lowry’s tactics. A deal would benefit all parties.