With the loss of top franchise scorer Bradley Wright Phillips, the New York Red Bulls have a gap in their attack. According to the Daily Record, a Glasgow based newspaper, the Red Bulls are interested in Aberdeen’s English forward Sam Cosgrove, who has tallied 11 goals in 18 appearances in the Scottish Premiership.
Cosgrove, 23, has reportedly been earmarked by the Austrian based Red Bull scouting network as a transfer target and is “high” on the network’s transfer list. Cosgrove has been previously linked with Premier League clubs and Serie A giants Lazio.
Physically, Cosgrove is a potent presence standing at 6’4 and weighing nearly 150 pounds which would provide a different look to a Red Bull attack that had relied on speed and acceleration. The English forward can use his size to not only create chances for himself but set up his teammates as well and is also capable of taking penalties. Cosgrove could also be an additional weapon to a Red Bull team that has historically been dangerous on set pieces.
However, after a 1-0 victory in the Scottish Cup, the winning goal a penalty by Cosgrove himself, Aberdeen’s manager Derek McInnes said that there had been no offer or discussion over the sale of the English forward and doubted Cosgrove would make a move to MLS. This does not necessarily mean a move isn’t in the cards as this tactic of quelling rumors is commonly used by managers in order to preserve a player’s value.
The Red Bulls currently have three contracted forwards on their roster in Tom Barlow, Mathias Jorgensen and Brian White. With White presumably on top of the depth chart and the group collectively having 13 MLS goals, a proven goalscorer could be wise move by the team.