By Aaron Campeau
Somewhat related to the previous point, Eddie Johnson's skill set just isn't all that well suited to playing up top alone. EJ's finishing ability and positional awareness are as good as any player in the league, but his hold-up-play and vision leave something to be desired and his effectiveness when drifting into wider areas--as required of a lone striker--is suspect.
Johnson is unquestionably a tremendous talent, but he's much more effective when given more of a license to find space in the opposition's penalty area and make scoring goals his primary concern. When tasked with leading the line and facilitating Seattle's attacking buildup, his weaknesses as a player are more clearly on display.