The saga of Juan Agudelo moving abroad continues and despite the fact that the USMNT forward is already on Stoke City’s books, he is not allowed to play for the Premier League outfit, as he couldn’t get a work permit.
With the intention of getting him some playing time overseas, The Potters decided to send him on loan and while teams like FC Twente and Standard Liege were close to land him, the 21 year old will end up joining FC Utrecht until the end of the season.
It is a perfect move for Agudelo, as he seems a perfect fit for the style of play that is used at the Eredivisie, the Netherlands’ top league. There is a lot of passing, velocity and plenty of spaces to move into attacking positions, which are three things Agudelo excels at. He should be ready to thrive in first European stint, making a name for himself before joining the Premier League.
While some might say FC Utrecht wasn’t a good fit for him – as the team is not in the title race and they are only an average side on the league – the reality is that the performance of the squad could be a blessing in disguise for Agudelo. He should have plenty of chances to showcase himself and prove he belongs, so instead of warming up the bench, there’s a real chance he ends starting from day one, and if he is successful, he might become a regular fixture within the team.
In the end, Agudelo only needed a team to play for and that’s exactly what he will do at Utrecht. If he gets enough playing time and is successful, it will also increase his chances of making the final 23-man roster for the upcoming 2014 World Cup.