After weeks of speculation, Matt Miazga is reportedly close to landing at a temporary home.
Sports Illustrated reported on Wednesday that the Chelsea defender is close to signing with Spain’s Espanyol. Miazga would join the La Liga club on a season-long loan after reportedly turning down Premier League options in favor of more game-time at Espanyol.
At Espanyol, Miazga would compete with former Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis, Costa Rica’s Óscar Duarte and Spanish veteran Alvaro for playing time at the centerback position.
UPDATE– Espanyol just completed a deal for Mexican centerback Diego Reyes on a one-year loan from FC Porto, which would seem to make a Miazga loan there much less likely.
Throughout the summer, Miazga was linked to a variety of teams throughout Europe, including Sunderland, 1860 Munich and Anderlecht. However, reports claimed Chelsea was reluctant to let the defender go until signing additional centerback options.
Espanyol has played twice in La Liga so far this season, surrendering a league-worst eight goals, including six to reigning Europa League champions Sevilla.
Miazga loaned to Vitesse.
Espanyol just signed FC Porto center back Diego Reyes on 1-year loan.
The loan is off! (according to my sources/headvoices)
La Liga is best league developing “winners”. Anyway, the EPL is over rated.
I’m all for competition, but what is the probability he gains playing time? I suppose I’m underwhelmed with the potential destination.
I am not a fan of this move. Soccer IQ is not going to improve playing for the doormat of La Liga.
Because when I think defense, I think La Liga.
I understand your sentiment, but I believe this is a great move. He will get a footballing education very different from both the US and English environments. This will make him more well rounded polished player.
Barcelona is a nicer place to live than any of those potential places in England. Congrats and enjoy! If he plays well maybe Barca keeps an eye on him for the future.
That is what I was thinking. I also checked out their current CBs and I think that he be able to push for a lot of playing time.
Best possible scenario.
New he needs to grow a pair and earn playing time.
Not entirely sure what you mean by “grow a pair”. You mean, like, put big boy pants on and get consistent first team minutes? Or is this just USMNT bashing?
He means, if he was MM he for sure would. You can tell by his posts how great he could have been in that situation. The fact that he couldn’t/didn’t leaves him trolling about guys who are really putting in the work……
Seems like as good a spot as any, hopefully he can fight for playing time.