The offseason news just keeps getting better for Sporting KC fans. First the assumption that Roger Espinoza is going to be leaving Kansas City in the January window, potentially to the EPL and Wigan Athletic. Now we hear today that Matt Besler has been contacted by European clubs in an interview on Sports Radio 810.
Besler is currently out of contract, joining Roger Espinoza on the list of players without a contract currently, so he would be free to leave MLS without the team getting a transfer for him. Besler potentially leaving would leave a huge hole at centerback for Kansas City. KC has already waived 4 players on the roster that can play center back in Julio Cesar, Cyprian Hedrick, Neven Markovic, and Konrad Warzycha. With Besler out of contract, the only CBs on the roster for next year under contract are Aurelien Collin and Lawrence Olum.
With that in mind, I'd argue that Besler is a bigger loss for the team than Espinoza is. KC's midfield, while it won't be the same without him has the depth to cover for the loss of Espinoza. That's not the case with Besler. Besler's play this year has been good and consistent. His play has made it possible for Collin to be the type of player that he is when he's at his best. The two compliment the other's style of play extremely well, allowing both of them to excell (as evident by the fact that both were finalists for defender of the year this year).
In the end I don't think that Besler is going to be leaving Kansas City. I think he'll get re-signed to a long term deal that will keep him in Kansas City. But it's not a fun picture to paint imagining the starting XI for KC next year not having Espinoza or Besler.