33rd President of the United States Harry Truman once said: “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand,” and Josh Sims seems to have taken these words to heart.
The Southampton youngster has finally begun to find his feet in the US after joining the New York Red Bulls on loan for the remainder of the 2019 MLS season, and after an adjustment period with his new club across the Atlantic, the former England youth international is beginning to show his quality.
Sims was vital in the Red Bulls’ 2-0 win over Eastern Conference rivals the Philadelphia Union as the regular season beings to come to a close, with the 22-year-old winger assisting the opening goal for the New Jersey-based side and was quoted by MLS Multiplex as: “at the heart of the Red Bulls’ attacking display.”
Indeed, Sims has long been a player that Southampton fans have been aware of with having a certain level of talent, with the youngster notably claiming an assist 41 seconds into his Saints debut back in November 2016 in a 1-0 win against Everton.
Yet his Southampton career has yet to really take off, with Sims last season going out on loan to Reading in the Championship before being recalled by Ralph Hasenhuttl in January shortly after his appointment as manager of the Saints, but in the US, the young winger is finally starting to prove his worth.
With the Red Bulls confirmed for the MLS offseason and set for a difficult play-off run due to a low seeding, Sims will be handed more opportunities to impress for Chris Armas’ side in the final few regular MLS games for the seasons, and with Bradley Wright-Phillips massively misfiring this year, the side will need the Saints youngster to continue his impressive form.