It has been a little over week since the trade between DC United and the Philadelphia Union which sent the top spot in the 2014 MLS Allocation Order to the Union. Almost from the beginning the rumors were out there that the Union were targeting US Men’s National Team and Stoke City midfielder Maurice Edu to be the man they used the allocation spot on.
As soon as the story was starting to take life, though, the league has expressed concerns over the salary that Edu would receive coming back to the United States. It is rumored that Philadelphia would pay Edu $1.2 million to play in the city of Brotherly Love. That salary would make Edu one of the highest paid players in the entire league.
Now that we are a week away from the closing of the transfer window, it seems as if Philadelphia is stepping up the offensive to pick up the American.
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) January 23, 2014
It is obvious that the Union think very highly of Edu, and they should seeing as though he is just 27-years-old with five-and-a-half seasons of European experience. The biggest knock is how little Edu has seen the field in the past few seasons since moving to Stoke City from Rangers FC of Scotland.
Edu signed a three-year contract at the Britannia Stadium in August of 2012; since that signing he has played in ten minutes of action. One substitute appearance in a year-and-a-half is not going to cut it for anybody trying to stay in game shape especially in a FIFA World Cup year. To be fair he did make 12 appearances for Bursaspor of Turkey on loan during the 2012-13 season.
Edu is not guaranteed a spot to Brazil anyway with the depth in the central midfield on the National Team. Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones pretty much have the starting spots filled with Kyle Beckerman, Sacha Kljestan and Mix Diskerud all higher on the depth chart that him.
This transfer is a huge risk for the Union, but if Edu can come in and play up to his potential the rewards could be big for Philadelphia and maybe even Jurgen Klinsmann with the National Team.