Timmy Chandler’s club coach wants the same thing many USMNT fans do: to see less of him on the U.S. national team.
Eintracht Frankfurt manager Armin Veh says the much-maligned Chandler needs to “get in line” for his Bundesliga playing time, and thinks the back is hurting his chances of club success by continuing to report for U.S. duty.
Chandler, 25, transferred back to Eintracht Frankfurt last season after spending five seasons with Nurnberg. He’s been capped 26 times by the U.S. under Jurgen Klinsmann, scoring once, but has become a target for fan vitriol due to his mercurial displays on the pitch.
But Veh believes the summer trips with the United States harm the defender’s club career.
“I understand that he wants to play there. But it doesn’t help me and Eintracht,” he said, according to Bild. “He needs to ask himself what he wants.”
Other U.S. internationals playing in Germany, including Hertha Berlin’s John Anthony Brooks and Gladbach’s Fabian Johnson, resumed training with their respective clubs last week.
Well that’s a lot to take in, isn’t it? I’m not sure what Klinsmann would have to say to Veh, but I feel confident we’ll find out.
Chandler played in 29 matches for Frankfurt last year under coach Thomas Schaaf, but Veh has returned to the club after a year away. Veh did not coach Chandler in his first stint at Frankfurt, and we’ll have to monitor whether this could be a precursor to a transfer (or at least a heavy dose of rumors).