It’s been a very up and down year for Eric Remedi. He went from an undisputed starter under Tata in 2018 to being dropped to the bench during Atlanta United’s 2019 playoff run under Frank de Boer, only featuring once, playing 11 minutes in the 2-0 win in the Conference Semi-Final against Philadelphia Union.
Games Played: 34, 30 starts (All Competitions)
What went right this season?
Remedi, in the words of my colleagues, is good at a straightforward job, man marking. Like I said before, it was pretty much up and down year for Remedi, but the thing with him is that when he plays well, everyone notices. In games where defending and battles in the midfield were vital, he rose up to the occasion. When De Boer gave him that straightforward job, he did well.
What does he need to improve on?
Remedi style of play does not really fit in De Boer’s style of play. Remedi likes to run and be explosive defensively. Still, De Boer’s style and tactics had him very quiet and stuck in the midfield. Remedi struggled in trying to adopt this new style leaving the backline and himself exposed way too many times to count. Some say it could be injuries that affected his performances this season. Still, regardless if he wants to break into the starting lineup again, he needs to diversify his game. I appreciate a player like Remedi, he’s young with so much room to improve. He runs the entire game giving 110% effort, but in De Boer’s eyes, it just doesn’t fit.
What role will he play in 2020?
With the balance and experience that a player like Jeff Larentowicz brings to the midfield and in De Boer’s style of play, Remedi is probably going to see fewer minutes next season. Although if he can diversify his game and adapt to De Boer’s tactics, his minutes can rise throughout the season. It’s just basically up to his willingness to adapt in order to get more minutes, which I can see him doing this coming season.