Chelsea’s interim manager Guus Hiddink has spoken about the imminent arrival of U.S. national team youngster Matt Miazga.
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The 20-year-old New York Red Bulls center back is due to complete his $5 million move to the reigning Premier League champs in the coming days, as the New Jersey native continues his meteoric rise.
Ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup fourth round clash at MK Dons on Sunday, Hiddink was asked about the young defender.
“We are not rushing but he will be one of the squad members for the future,” Hiddink said. “He is a young guy stepping up to the national team and we always have such players here. You can then see what they are capable of.”
After excelling in his first full season in MLS for the Red Bulls in 2015, Miazga was handed his full U.S. national team debut by Jurgen Klinsmann last November in a 2018 World Cup qualifying win over Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
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Now he has the chance to develop at one of the biggest clubs in Europe but Hiddink’s comments seem to suggest what many U.S. fans and pundits feared and half expected: Miazga will be nowhere near the first team for quite some time.
The Blues currently have 29 players out on loan, most of them young, and have a history of stockpiling young talent from around the globe and then charging smaller clubs loan fees to make use of them. Although it has been widely reported that Miazga will not be loaned out between now and the end of the season, it’s safe to say there’s still a long way to go before he lines up in Chelsea’s first team regularly.
More than likely he will join another European or English team on loan to aid his development overseas but in the meantime he will play games for Chelsea’s development squad.
Intriguing comments from Hiddink. But remember, Hiddink will not be Chelsea’s long-term boss as a new man will be appointed in the summer following the conclusion of his second interim spell in charge of the west London club.