The summer situation for U.S. forwards is suddenly in flux as availability of first-choice target man may now be in question.
Jozy Altidore needed to leave AZ Alkmaar’s match Wednesday with Jijmegen before halftime following an ugly accident; he slid into a hard structure along the sideline during his club’s Dutch Eredivisie contest.
This comes about two weeks before U.S. players are to gather in Florida ahead of three important friendlies and (Scotland, Brazil and Canada) the country’s opening pair of matches in World Cup 2014 qualifying.
Altidore has 19 goals over all competitions this year for Alkmaar, which just dropped to fifth in the Dutch table with one match remaining, still with a chance to move up one spot into a Europa League berth for 2012-13.
Klopp frowns at Pogba fee: “I am trying to build a team, a real team”
“If you bring one player in for £100m and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney,’ he said.
“The day that this is football, I’m not in a job anymore, because the game is about playing together.”
“If I spend money, it is because I am trying to build a team, a real team. Barcelona did it. You can win championships, you can win titles, but there is a manner in which you want it.”
Klopp has spent a lot of money, but he’s spaced it out in picking up six players for around 2/3 of the Pogba fee this summer (Granted two were on free transfers).
That said, he didn’t exactly take over a club lacking star power that required loads and loads of buys. Klopp is at a different standard in answering to the media and public right now. While that’s pretty well-deserved, the way he’s getting credit for the price tags on assets he’s sold is kind of hilarious.
Either way, we are loving Klopp in the Premier League. Bring on the season.
Yet this summer has been an incredible one for transfers, with so many Premier League teams leading the way in business, that names like Sadio Mane, Michy Batshuayi, Nico Gaitan, and Nolito miss out list (and they are just the tip of the iceberg).
Here’s our Top Ten so far
10. Mario Gotze, Bayern Munich –> Borussia Dortmund
Will a return “home” do the trick for the World Cup clinching attacker?