(Report: Via Taylor Twellman on Twitter, FC Dallas and Stoke City are near completion on a transfer deal for Texan Brek Shea valued at somwhere around $3.5M)
Welcome to the Jurgen Klinsmann England football factory.
We’ve written it in this space before, but it was Klinsmann who was instrumental in getting Geoff Cameron to Stoke City. It was also Klinsmann–we theorize–who called in the Cameron favor on Maurice Edu so the US central midfielder kept his value up in the wake of the Rangers debacle in Scotland.
Brek Shea welcome to the Potters. It’s really an ideal situation for the US forward who has suffered–it says here–more from herky-jerky coaching than a lack of development. Sure Shea had to grow at times over the past two seasons, but as Fox writer Leander Schaerlaeckens points out on Twitter, “Every single player that has ever spoken his mind to Schellas Hyndman was gone within 6 months.”
Shea will join a Stoke City team that tends to keep its wingers pinned back allowing ample space on the flanks. That said, the central midfield of the Potters is typically more concerned with defensive integrity rather than on-the-floor table setting.
Shea should get ample one-vs-one opportunities
An analysis of how Brek Shea’s troubling 2012 season was more about how and where he was played.