Kwesi Mugisa, Staff Reporter
Reggae Boyz assistant coach Alfredo Montesso does not envision a recall for discarded national striker Marlon King anytime soon, insisting the player does not fit technically into the team's current plans.
While not completely ruling out a recall for the 32-year-old striker in the future, the coach strongly hinted that King may have donned the jersey of the national team for the final time, also stating that the forward had already got plenty of chances with the team, and suggesting that it could be time to explore new avenues.
"He has had a lot of time with the team, at least three opportunities to qualify for the World Cup with the team, perhaps it may be the time for other players," Montesso told The Gleaner.
"It is not just about discipline, as we have looked at him in two practice games and, technically, we do not see him fitting into this team," he added.
The national team has had an embarrassment of riches, so to speak, as it relates to their attacking options up front in recent times, with players like all-time leading scorer Luton Shelton, Ryan Johnson, Omar Cummings, Dane Richards and MLS rookie sensation Darren Mattocks all emerging as credible options.
"There is a lot of talent coming through, we have (Luton) Shelton who has scored the most goals, you have young talent like Darren Mattocks and Tramaine Stewart," Montesso said.
Wrong side of the law
In an all-too-familiar tale, King found himself on the wrong side of the law after breaking curfew rules following a friendly international in Panama, just ahead of the start of the team's first two matches in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying semi-final rounds. King and his fellow England-based colleague Chris Humphrey were suspended for two games for breaking the team's curfew. However, with two more matches having gone by in the round, neither player has been recalled.
"Of course, it all comes down to the preference of the coach (Whitmore), which players he thinks will fit, and I support him 100 per cent in his decision," Montesso added.
In 21 games for Jamaica, King has netted 12 times, a strike rate better than 50 per cent.
Also excluded from the squad for the most recent World Cup qualifiers is veteran striker Ricardo Fuller, who was last used as a late substitute in the country's 0-0 draw against Antigua and Barbuda.
The Reggae Boyz will next tackle Guatemala at the Estadio Mateo Flores in that Central American country on October 12, before hosting Antigua and Barbuda four days later.