CHELSEA are about to send more shock waves through the football world by beating Manchester United to secure the services of Freddy Adu, the American teenager widely regarded as the most exciting young player on the planet. United and several top clubs in Italy and Spain have been tracking Adu for four years, but Chelsea’s negotiations are at an advanced stage. Agreements are imminent with the player and Major League Soccer (MLS), which owns his registration. The 16-year-old forward is expected to move to London in the summer, by which time he hopes to have become the youngest player to feature in a World Cup tournamentFunded by Russian oil magnate (and Tim Roth lookalike) Roman Abramovich, Chelsea has been buying and selling players like a hopped-up day-trader for the last several years, so it's no surprise that they would have interest in Young Fred.
Aside from the money (which he already has plenty of, thank you Nike, Gatorade, etc.), I'm struggling to imagine why Freddy would be interested in them. Yes Chelsea are quite probably the best team in the world right now, but theirin lies the rub - Adu is not ready to play at that level. For his future as a player, not to mention the future of U.S. Soccer in general, he has to play regularly. At Chelsea that is vastly unlikely to happen.
Consider the case of a somewhat similar, though vastly more accomplished and battle-tested, player who moved to London over the summer. Shawn Wright-Phillips had performed so well over the previous 2 seasons that the cognescenti were openly advocating for him to start ahead of David Beckham for the English national team. After half a season largely on the bench for Chelsea, those rumors have died. Admittedly, injuries have played a part, but he has not had much of an opportunity to play himself back into form.
The worst possible outcome is Adu making the move, riding the pine and becoming a symbol of how the American 'soccer revolution' is overrated, as Darko Milicic has somewhat poisoned the well for young European basketball players. Sadly, that is the most likely outcome as well.