With the influx of players into the MLS, it is becoming an ever more popular destination for those footballers reaching the end of their careers. Due to the way their season works, many have a break whilst the action continues in Europe. Clint Dempsey is on his way back to Fulham, so we look at who else could have a stint in the Premier League.
December 20th, 2013
Clint Dempsey is looking for a return to the Premier League during the MLS off season, after making the move to Seattle Sounders from Spurs in the summer. Fulham looks his likely destination, and with Landon Donovan a popular Everton recruit in recent years, it got me thinking who else I’d like to see back in the Premier League.
The obvious choice would be Monsieur Henry. The epitome of cool, Henry still has all his class and swagger left, even if he has lost a yard of pace. He’d be an interesting signing for anyone, mainly due to the fact that even though he has lost that pace, he’s still a world-class finisher. Could he be the cover Arsenal so desperately lack? Or a possible season saviour for Jose?
Goals like this one certainly suggests he’s still got what it takes.
The powerful midfielder spent eight happy years at Everton, scoring an impressive 56 goals in 226 appearances. He was renowned for his ability in the air, as well as the occasional temper tantrum! He’s made a good start to his MLS career, scoring 12 goals in 39 games.
He could add some stability to the midfield of one of the lower PL teams, such as Fulham or West Brom, as well as chipping in with a couple of vital goals.
Donovan is an Everton regular, and there are rumours of the Toffees signing him for a third time on loan this January. The midfielder is an attacking force whose creativity helped Everton in his previous loan spells, scoring two goals in 17 appearances. Not only that, but he is an older player with International recognition, who will bring an air of calmness and authority to the dressing room.
He’d be a great role model for Ross Barkley, and could help the youngster develop his game further. You can learn a lot from a guy that has 102 goals in 214 games for the Galaxy.
I’ve always been a fan of Keane, and I was sad to see him leave the Premier League. A natural finisher, he could definitely add some flair, creativity and goals to one of the strugglers. With their recent struggles and a lack of goals with Andy Carroll’s injury, Keane could return to former club West Ham to provide them with an added boost up front.
I always felt sorry for old Carlo. A good keeper, he was always a second choice behind Petr Cech and Brad Friedel as they hit the peaks of their careers. A cool and calm shot-stopper, he’d make an excellent first choice for many Premier League clubs. I could see him travelling to Sunderland to work with former team mate Gus Poyet to try and save Sunderland’s season, or as a long shot, a bit of experienced stability for Manchester City.
So that’s it! Of course this is all speculation, but with the MLS season over and some Premier League teams desperate for some added quality, the MLS players could provide a cheap option of clubs adding some quality. And let’s face it, we’d all like to see Thierry Henry back for moments like this.