Yes, Jozy Altidore is back in the traveling squad for the to trip to Manchester City tonight. Does he make the 18? We shall see. You already know what I think they should do, but Gus Poyet even got some stick for it in England when he entirely left the US striker out of the cup final loss to Citeh. Yeah, that was weird.
Meanwhile, Timothy Chandler has resumed training with the ball, but still on the side. May both he and all my dinged St. Louis Blues stars regain full fitness very soon. Amen.
Also, folks have been wondering what suddenly happened to Sacha Kljestan at Anderlecht. A mainstay for most of his time in Brussels, Inspector Kljouseau has started just four of 12 matches since returning from a winter injury, with a DNP in in six of them and another two in which he was pulled at halftime.
What has changed? Well, Cheikhou Kouyaté is now sliding into defensive midfield, but there is a much more pronounced reason. And that reason is a 16-year-old Belgium prodigy named Youri Tielemans. Here is a sample of what the kid can do, from a Champions League group phase match at Olympiakos.
YOURI TIELEMANS vs Olympiacos (Home) 2013/14 HD from Belgo TV on Vimeo.
- Greg Seltzer