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Will Brek Shea play again at Stoke City this year?

May 2, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

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Perhaps agent Gary Mellor, who represents U.S. international Brek Shea, felt the need to move the public opinion needle back in his client’s direction following some recent comments that were something less than complimentary.

They weren’t scathing … but not 100 percent positive, either.

U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann seemed to indicate some low-level disappointment with Shea’s choice to jump ship from MLS, landing in a spot where he’s now stuck along the sidelines.

Or, perhaps Mellor is simply expressing what Shea wants – to play! Either way, here’s what Mellor just told the local newspaper around Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, home to Stoke City FC:

“Brek is getting fitter all the time, he is training hard and putting the work in. In fact, he played that under-21 game after a full afternoon training session. He’s hoping that he gets a chance to prove he can do a job … Tony is well documented in saying that he is looking to next season for Brek, but Brek is still hopeful that he can get a chance at some stage this season.”

The “Tony” here is Stoke manager Tony Pulis, who has been careful to nurse Shea along following winter foot surgery. The former FC Dallas man has two appearances since his $3.8 million move across the Atlantic in January.

Stoke has three matches remaining in the 2012-13 EPL season.

  1. midtec2005 - May 2, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    What Tony Pulis should be careful to do is making sure he signs his resignation. Stoke have the 4th highest net spending in the EPL, they should be better. Every single MLS team plays better football (not saying they would beat Stoke, just that they have better tactics). Tony Pulis will not help Brek Sheas development in any way. Watching that team play is like watching poor high school soccerk, it’s no wonder Jurgen is dissapointed in the move.

  2. dfstell - May 2, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    I just don’t worry about this stuff too much. I know a lot of people poo-pooed this move, but I only really care from a national team perspective.

    If Shea is going to be a high level international talent, then his quality will shine through and it won’t really matter if he takes a little longer to recover from an injury or if his club plays ugly soccer or if he initially struggles for playing time. He’ll be fine IF he is a transcendant talent. But, if he’s just a marginal international talent, then he’ll get screwed up by lack of playing time or won’t be able to get playing time or will be hampered by the style of play.

    The thing is, we don’t really need him if he’s just going to be a marginal international talent. We’ve got other guys who are marginal international talents. I just don’t see a scenario where he was destined to be something special and he gets screwed up by this move to Stoke.

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