Dec 23, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT
Normally, any young U.S. man moving to a bigger club would put a little jingle in the jangle for every U.S. Soccer supporter.
But this talk of current high-scorer Aron Johannsson moving to Scottish heavyweight Celtic comes with all kinds of cautionary hangups.
First, beyond the Champions League or Europa matches in which Johannsson might himself, the level of general competition for Johannsson won’t be any better than the Dutch League.
Then there’s the rather unique history of scorers at Celtic and Rangers; they tend to score in bunches against all that inferior competition – but then they fade quickly once assigned taller tasks upon moves elsewhere.
Then there is the issue of minutes. Johannsson is performing fabulously for AZ right now. He’s on pace to undo Jozy Altidore’s mark for top scoring season for an American abroad, don’t you know?
There is absolutely zero question that the recent newcomer to the U.S. national team will continue to get minutes at his Dutch club, not only in Eredivisie action, but in the Dutch Cup, where his small club has reached the quarterfinal stage.
At Celtic? Who knows, really? There’s plenty of competition for a 23-year-old striker without a ton of international experience, even if there is significant roster changeover ahead.
As of now, it looks like Johannsson has done enough to earn his spot on the Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man roster; ongoing playing time in Holland and few more goals, and the young man seems destined to find himself in Brazil. On the other hand, if he rides the bench awhile in Scotland, who knows how that might tip the balance as Klinsmann makes those critical roster choices – especially if a Herculez Gomez or someone else gets hot.
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