With Clint Dempsey already secured for a two-month loan, Barclays Premiere League club Fulham now reportedly has its eyes set on fellow American Michael Bradley. Bradley is reportedly likely headed for an English team and Fulham would love to add him to the mix.
Bradley was a key part of Italian side AS Roma last season, making 24 starts in Serie A. But new coach Rudi Garcia and the signing of Kevin Strootman this summer have seem him drop in and out of the lineup. Bradley has made just six appearances so far this season, and could be made available during the January transfer window.
Bradley is arguably the United States national soccer team’s top player at the moment and his lack of playing time this season is a concern for his fitness as the 2014 World Cup approaches.
The 26-year-old Bradley joined Roma from fellow Italian club Chievo in July of 2012 and thrived once he saw playing time. He has previously played for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, SC Heerenveen, Borussia Monchengladbach and also spent time on loan at Aston Villa in 2011. Though he only made three appearances for Villa during that stretch, he does have experience living and playing in England.
As of now, Roma is reportedly only interested in letting Bradley go if it can find a replacement for him, but you can bet that U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann will lean on Roma to move his star midfielder if the team isn’t going to put him into action. What impact that will have is unknown, but it certainly can’t hurt.
Bradley is the son of ex-U.S. and current Egyptian national team coach Bob Bradley and has developed into one of America’s most indispensable players. He has 82 career caps for the national team and has scored 11 goals. His grit, energy, aggressiveness, passing ability and heart in the midfield should be a big key to whatever the U.S. does at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Getting him playing time in England with Fulham would be great for the national team’s prospects.