USMNT star Michael Bradley hasn’t had the playing time he expected at AS Roma, and after falling out of favor with manager Rudi Garcia his name has quickly surfaced as a loan possibility for teams all over Europe.
The former Borussia Monchengladbach player has failed to start consistently in the Serie A outfit, and with the emergence of Kevin Strootman and Miralem Pjanic as reliable options in the middle of the pitch, the US international would be wise to look for another team to join. The World Cup is getting closer, and Bradley could even lose his place with the National Team if he doesn’t change his fortunes soon.
Fortunately for Bradley, he left a very good memory in the Bundesliga after his tenure with Borussia, and Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly interested in bringing him for a six-month loan. Leverkusen will play in the UEFA Europa League in the second part of the season so the move makes sense in terms of playing time and experience for the defensive midfielder.
No bid has been submitted by the German side yet, but the loan looks likely to happen at this point. It would be a win-win situation for both parties as Bradley will continue developing and Leverkusen would increase the depth of their midfield zone.
The AS Roma experiment clearly didn’t work out as expected for Bradley. While he has the quality to get a regular starting spot with the squad as time advances, he would be wise to move during the rest of this season. With a World Cup roster spot on the line, the defensive specialist needs to make sure he gets enough playing time to secure his presence in Brazil.