Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pulis & Levers (updated)

I'm not sure how far Stoke City are from pulling the right handle to activate a Brek Shea move, but manager Tony Pulis suddenly seems very pessimistic it will happen in January.

"I can't see him coming now. We'll see what the future brings."

Does this mean Shea's visit-of-some-curious-kind is now off? Is Pulis hinting they will keep trying in this window or that they will come again in summer? Rest assured, I am trying to find out.

UPDATE
: And there ya go...






- Greg Seltzer

15 comments:

Jay said...

If Schellas Hyndman thought he had a bad relationship with Shea before this failed move came about, he's in for a long season.

dikranovich said...

if shea is a real pro, he will go out there and play like a man for dallas. i dont know, this isnt some diva contest, and we know aunt esther aint strolling down the catwalk

dikranovich said...

the dog walk is more like it!!!

Dasdude said...

I honestly don't think this is a bad move if Shea stays in MLS. I f he goes out and plays like he did in 2011 he will no doubt be gone by summertime

Jim Nguyen said...

It's probably a combination of Shea not being ready physically coming off his foot surgery and MLS wanting more in a transfer fee from Stoke. If it happens in summer, great. I'd rather Brek tear it up between now and June and have other teams call. I don't think Stoke's defensive posture suits his attacking wing style that much anyhow.

Jon said...

So, many thought this was simply a repeat of the Cameron situation. It's not, MLS officially blocked a transfer that one of its clubs agreed upon.

I despise that business practice. It has nothing to do with MLS maybe getting more at a future date or someone thinking FCD is a good situation for Brek, it's about MLS interfering with and undermining one of its FO's.

If FCD decides to sell Brek, it should be up to FCD. But MLS has the power to say, haha, we're sticking you with a pissed off player for another 6 months because we valued him at 2M more than Roma paid for Michael Bradley, and value him at about 1-2M less than Spurs paid for a 17 goal EPL scorer last year.

Tony M said...

Jon, I'm going to disagree with you partly for arguments sake.

Shea's contract is owned by MLS, NOT FC Dallas. Part of the proceeds of any sale goes to the league and the owners. They have a right to protect their financial interests if they don't think the deal makes sense.

Furthermore, the deal has impact beyond FC Dallas. If the league approves what it considers to be a low ball offer for Shea, it affects the price for other players on other clubs. After all, Shea has been a featured player on the Youth National teams and has started to appear with the senior team. He is an imposing specimen. If they can't get a premium for him, who can they get a price for?

I am not sure I actually agree with everything I said, but clearly it is not FC Dallas's call alone. The league has a legitimate interest to protect.

Huge Cheerleaders said...

BBC seems the think the transfer did not happen because of an injury. Could that be right?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/21169555

WilkersonMclaser said...

It shouldn't be, but it would be a shame if this turns out to be one of those "last chance" inflection points that an embittered Shea (or MLS, for that matter) looks back upon as the reason for a flatlined career. Should Freddy Adu have gone to Inter? Maybe Freddy Montero should have gone to Europe to develop. #Yougetheidea

That said, I agree with Jim: Stoke's route one approach isn't so bad for guys like Cameron, but it would be a poor fit for a swashbuckling winger like Shea. I think he'd be better off going to another Barclay's club or to Holland or Germany.

Greg Seltzer said...

I think Jon is 150,000% right. Enough of this two-tiered ownership crap already.

WilkersonMclaser said...

By the way, Greg, do you know whats-up-with-that re: Agudelo? Will he or won't he?

Greg Seltzer said...

I don't know for certain, but Garber's little remark this week makes me think it could happen.

WilkersonMclaser said...

Not a raving SPL fan, really, but some European play might be good for him. And Neil Lennon is funny.

BTW, anyone else hear about the Whitecaps' new Japanese playmaker? http://blogs.theprovince.com/2013/01/22/japanese-midfielder-daigo-kobayashi-to-join-whitecaps/

I vote that his nickname be Kobayashi Maru.

Also, I hope this is the beginning of an East Asian pipeline, as there's some great talent to mine out there.

Matt said...

If Brek's career flatlines because of a setback like this, he probably wasn't going to have much of a career, either way. In the world of setbacks, this is a pretty high-class one.

Just play well for 3 months and he'll be gone in the summer.

soccer boy said...

I disagree when you putt freddy montero in it. The reson he flat lijed mostly is cause he never played for the columbian national team. That's wht there was no teeth to the fulham roumers back then. That is the main reason he left for columbia to get a bigger move plus be on the nat team. Just like jk is demanding usnat players move abroad to more challenging club situations, the same can be said of the columbian nat coach(who told freddy montero to have a chance come back to a better club in columbia).