Even though he transferred to Bologna FC in recent months, Luis Binks will be back with the Impact in 2021 in the form of a loan.
The 19-year-old center-back surely does not regret taking a chance by leaving Tottenham last winter to join the Bleu-Blanc-Noir.
“I’m happy to be back next year and I hope that will get me more games.”
“I think I can continue to learn and develop against good opposition.”
With 1,762 minutes on the clock this season, Binks was the fourth most used player by Thierry Henry, second behind Zachary Brault-Guillard among defenders.
“I didn’t expect to play as many games as I have played, there were established players who had played in Europe, I knew I was going to have to work hard.”
This use undoubtedly made it so that he began to be affected by fatigue at the end of the season and his level of play weakened, which was notably reflected in a lack of discipline.
“There was maybe a bit of fatigue, but also frustration. Some yellows arrived late in the games, there is a bit of both.
“But I have to be careful because I don’t want to continue to miss games because of a build-up of cards.”
In many ways, Luis Binks left his teenage years to enter the adult world by crossing the Atlantic last February.
“I probably didn’t realize how much I was going to grow this season. I arrived thinking my parents would come every month.
“I learned as much on the pitch as off and I believe that in the end it will help me a lot.”
He certainly did not expect to play the majority of his games in empty stadiums and elsewhere than at Stade Saputo.
“When I signed in January I expected to see crowds and play in different stadiums.
“I am disappointed that we did not play as many games as we should have played in addition to not playing in front of our fans.”
Although his eyes are on the playoffs, the young Englishman acknowledges that the winter break is expected and will be necessary.
“The year has not been easy for anyone. I arrived in a foreign city, I live alone and I did not expect to be that long without seeing my family. ”
He therefore intends to go and recharge his batteries as soon as the team has finished their Champions League matches next month.
“I need to come home and think about something other than football because this year has been so intense.
“I’ll be there for a few weeks and then see what happens. If the league postpones its season for a few weeks, I will find plans to train. ”
A student at Tottenham Academy, Binks was taking a risk by leaving behind the scenes of the Premier League to come and play in MLS. However, he believes he made the right decision.
“I had a lot of surprises in MLS because being from Europe the league is not seen as it should.
“I sincerely believe that in the next few years it can become one of the best leagues in the world because of its diversity and the good players who come from South America.”
And he wouldn’t hesitate to recommend young players in Europe to emulate him if they want to take the next step.
I believe there are a lot of young players in Europe who don’t get their chance and get frustrated.
“If they can make their debut in MLS, it can only be good for them. I would tell them not to hesitate, there are a lot of young people here who are getting recognition and that is not just my case. ”