In all transfer windows, there’s always one shock deal that pops out from nowhere while the majority of the world focus on a number of mouth-watering deals dominating the transfer betting specials online.
Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the press and (surprise, surprise) none of them have left their current clubs.
Yet there is one deal that has shocked a few members of the press and that is the Clint Dempsey transfer to the Seattle Sounders.
Unlike other footballers, Dempsey was already plying his trade in the MLS before making the big step-up to the Premier League. The underrated American international finally got his big break last season when he joined Tottenham Hotspur in a £6million move from Fulham. Dempsey was a big part of the Spurs team last year but with the new signings, which have made Spurs 15/8 to finish in the top four next season, he’s been dropped down the pecking order and has now been allowed to leave.
But the question is: why return to the States? There would have been plenty of clubs interested in his services both in England and in Europe, yet the former Fulham man has decided to return home.
There is of course the money, but you can’t ignore the fact that the MLS is far more appealing than it once was. The arrival of David Beckham, followed by the likes of Thierry Henry and Robbie Keane would have been laughed off years ago.
Now, players are considering the switch, with the competitive league and way of life proving difficult to turn down. The MLS is now a league which is getting the respect it deserves from across Europe and Dempsey won’t be the last to make the trip across the Atlantic.
Many players make the move in their 30s, but if the MLS keeps improving it won’t be too long before the younger generation decides to make the move at the start of their careers.
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