What do you think Jamil Walker's future will be?

Discussion in 'D.C. United' started by ursula, Jan 3, 2006.

  1. ursula

    ursula Member

    Feb 21, 1999
    Republic of Cascadia
    In a wierd way, Jamil could be a pivotal factor in what the team does this offseason. Depending on what the team thinks he's capable of the team may or may not go after another striker, may or may not risk going with Esky and thus they team may or may not focus on positions other than forward in it's efforts.

    To go to one extreme, if you thought Jamil has the potential to do even better than last year as he gets more playing time with Moreno, Gomez etc, then why worry too much about forward? On the other hand if you think Walker had a fluke year last year then yoiu almost have to get another forward who would compete for serious playing time.

    So what do you think lies in Jamil's future?
     
  2. dc 1sided

    dc 1sided New Member

    Apr 28, 2005
    Virginia
    He has scary potential, a great pickup. He just blows by people, DC doesn't have anyone like that. The big if is can he consistently finish his chances. Hope so, something to look forward to in the upcoming season.
     
  3. bigredfutbol

    bigredfutbol Moderator
    Staff Member

    Sep 5, 2000
    Woodbridge, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm one of those who thinks he'll do even better as he gets more playing time with the starters. Call me an optimist, but I'm hopeful that both Jamil and Esky will be putting the ball in the net this season.
     
  4. MattMathai

    MattMathai BigSoccer Supporter

    Jun 28, 2004
    Annapolis
    I think it'll take another year to figure out if he's capable of being a full-time starter or if he is destined to remain a super sub.
     
  5. dadman

    dadman Yo soy un papa

    Apr 13, 2001
    Gaithersburg, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm solidly on the fence with Jamil. Love him, love his work ethic, love how he adds a dimension to the attack, but worried about how he fits with the players we have and with Nowak's system.

    I'd like my vote back. :eek: I think he's going to show more in 2006 than I gave him credit for.
     
  6. fatbastard

    fatbastard Member+

    Aug 1, 2003
    Lincoln (ish), Va
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Hmmmm, no choice for his future career involving him saying
    "Would you like Fries with that?" ;)
     
  7. uniteo

    uniteo Member+

    Sep 2, 2000
    Rockville, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well, I had him as a strong backup/part-time starter, but that's the category I wooould have put AJ Wood in as well.
     
  8. Th4119

    Th4119 Member

    Jul 26, 2001
    Annandale, VA
    Jamil has one thing you can't teach: speed. His acceleration, quickness, and overall speed is close to the best in the league. This allows him to stretch defenses well which is pivotal when playing with a player like a Moreno who is a much more "on the ball" type of player.

    However, there are other things I see in Walker's game that lends me to believe he will be a valuable part of United's attack for a few years. In addition to being a perfectly complimentary type of player to a Moreno or a Quaranta, he understands the importance of things like making lateral runs across a defense to be at full speed and onside when a through ball is played to him. He has also improved his ability on the ball, and while it's certainly not up there with Moreno or Adu's techincal ability, it doesn't really hold him back much.

    Finally, he has become very good at holding the ball long enough in the attacking end while teams overcompensate defensively for his blazing speed and laying the ball off for easy scores to his teammates. It is absolutely no coincidence that despite playing around a quarter of the minutes of United's main attackers that he finished tied 2nd on the team in assists with seven.

    Also, Walker is willing to learn. He came on strong at the end of this season and he did the exact same thing in 2003 with the Earthquakes. He didn't see much time in 2004 because of injury so it is tough to guage that year. What can be said though is that when he has come to a new team he hasn't been altogether too impressive in the beginning but he has come on strong towards the middle of his first season with those squads. This leads me to believe that it takes him some time to work out how to use his speed and ability with his teammates as well as taking some time to develop some confidence in himself in a new area. Hopefully he can stay healthy this offseason and improve his technical ability. If he does this I believe he can become a very valuable contributor to United.
     
  9. Pints

    Pints Member

    Apr 21, 2004
    Charm City
    I am hopeful for his continued success and even moreso for him to become a more solid player on the team. IF he can get his finishing in order he could prove very very helpful.
     
  10. jmsdoc

    jmsdoc Member

    Jun 25, 2000
    The Valley
    Interesting statement...I've not heard that before. :rolleyes:
     
  11. nobletea

    nobletea Moderator
    Staff Member

    Sep 29, 2004
    HarCo
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think you have to always be somewhat hopeful for younger players, so hence my answer. But I think this year will be the one that tells all. If he can put together a season of equal or improved performances, then he's likely to become a good solid MLS player. If not, then he'll fade into A-league glory.
     
  12. owendylan

    owendylan Member

    May 30, 2001
    Virginia
    Club:
    DC United
    "Would you like fries with that?"

    I also agree that this is his make or break season. If he can keep the level that he played later in the season versus how he started out, then he can be a solid contributor to the team. If however it takes him a while to get going, I don't see him sticking around past the season. Yes he has speed but what good is it if he can't finish a higher percentage of his chances.
     
  13. gnat

    gnat New Member

    Oct 1, 2003
    If we have good 60 - 80 minute forwards in front of him, I think he will have another good season. I really like him of the bench late, but he is almost useless from the opening whistle. Hopefully he is spending the offseason learning to drill shots into wastepaper baskets from 20 yrds to improve his scoring potential.

    -dave
     
  14. Mason16

    Mason16 Member

    Apr 11, 2001
    South Florida
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I am the one fool in the group who thinks he'll take another step forward this season and score 10+. I just like the improvement he has shown and think that he is Nowak's kind of coachable player that has yet to reach his potential.
     
  15. Th4119

    Th4119 Member

    Jul 26, 2001
    Annandale, VA
    Are you contesting the point?

    What exactly where you trying to add to the discussion with your post?
     
  16. ursula

    ursula Member

    Feb 21, 1999
    Republic of Cascadia
    I didn't vote till now and I actually agree with you. I know I'm wildly optimistic here (I tend to be) but I see him having the ability that, with more playing time, could get into a groove and stay there for years provided he has decent service. United has that service and I think Nowak is a good coach for him.

    Again the important thing here is that he get regular playing time including starters minutes. Will he get those precious minutes? All depends on how management answers the question I posed in the poll. If Nowak & Payne think that he has the potential to get to the next level then I think they will go into next season with an open competition between Esky and Walker for the #1 striker chair- and they get no one else who would automatically take the starter spot by default.

    If they aren't so optimistic about Jamil's chances then probably they will spend for another striker and Jamil will only see mop-up duty at least until the new striker and Esky prove they aren't capable.

    I think they are optimistic, at least thinking that the Esky/Walker combo will bang in 10 goals somehow and thus they will put their money into other positions. We'll see.
     
  17. JoeSoccerFan

    JoeSoccerFan Member+

    Aug 11, 2000
    I'll speculate, simple derision - but I could be wrong.
     
  18. usfooty7

    usfooty7 New Member

    Oct 27, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    I was surprised to see so few with option "A". I have not seen Jamil play with the reserves, so perhaps I am naive, but I think he is too edgy right now, and perhaps DC (nowak) is not the best place for him to develop. I see him as a target man, moving quick on the ball, and although that is a tactic that DC uses pretty well, it's usually something that works better for us later in the game. Hence the Super Sub success that Jamil has had with the first team. I could see him slotting in Quaranta/Olsen crosses all day though, given half the chance.
     

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