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Transfer Profile: Sherijl MacDonald

Transfer Profile: Sherijl MacDonald Busan IPark
Determined to make their return to the top flight sooner rather than later, Busan IPark have had a mini clearout of their foreign contingent over the summer. Brazilian forwards Jonathan Balotelli and Alemão Junior have been moved on and replaced by two Dutch forwards from Almere City FC from the Dutch Jupiler League in Arsenio Valpoort and Sherijl MacDonald. K League United spoke with TotalDutchFootball.com's Will Burns and Steve Davies to see what Busan fans can expect from their new signings. First up was Arsenio Valpoort, now it's Sherijl MacDonald's turn.


How was Sherijl MacDonald viewed at Almere City? League wide?

Steve Davies: An experienced, journeyman forward who, while at home playing through the middle, can also operate on either flank, managed to bag seven goals and nine assists as Almere City came within touching distance of claiming a place in the top flight of Dutch football for the first time in their history. MacDonald will be remembered most by the Almere faithful for his brace in the second leg of the their promotion/ relegation playoff tie with MVV on 5th May 2018.

Will Burns: A well-travelled veteran that was totally overshadowed by the performances of Valpoort.

Strongest aspects of his game?

SD: Having come through the famed Ajax youth system before spending time in Belgium, Germany, England and the USA, MacDonald’s main strength is his experience. Despite being 33, MacDonald still knows where the back of the net is and provides an invaluable service to those around him in terms of holding up the ball and creating opportunities for those around him as is impressive number of assists last term clearly illustrate.

WB: An old head, a calm attitude, great temperament and will bring great experience and versaility. Like Valpoort, McDonald can play across the front three.

Weaknesses?

SD: At 33 MacDonald is certainly no spring chicken so, in order to get the best from him, his time on the field will need to be managed carefully.

WB: Age is not on his side at 33 and he struggles to be effective late in the game. Everywhere he has gone, his goalscoring record has never looked impressive.

Reason for leaving?

SD: MacDonald is well travelled and, as he nears the twilight of his playing career, one final challenge in a foreign land was no doubt too tempting to pass up.

WB: Again, unsure.

Where do you think he would be best utilised with Busan IPark FC?

SD:  Although probably most effective when operating through the middle, a position from which he scored five and set up four last term, MacDonald can also operate on either flank should the need arise.

WB: From wide or through the centre.

What should K League fans expect from him?

SD: While not the most prolific goal scorer, MacDonald is a selfless forward whose real strength is in the opportunities he creates for others.

WB: A handful but possibly not as successful in front of goal that Valpoort will be.

Best moment with Almere City?

SD: His brace against MVV in the second leg of Almere’s promotion relegation playoff tie with MVV on 5th May 2018.


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