Freddy Adu is back in the news once again after his most recent departure from a club. The former USA international, once billed among the most exciting young talents in the game, spent just six months in Serbia with FK Jagodina and leaves without making an appearance.
Adu may only be 25 but he is already something of a football nomad having played for 10 clubs in a decade as a professional, and his potential remains unfulfilled. FK Jagodina were the latest side to give him a chance but, alas, it ended before it really began.
It had been reported in July that Adu signed a year-and-a-half contract with the Serbian club but he has now responded to what he claims to be falsities, by stating that he had only signed for six-months to begin with.
FK Jagodina were the fourth club this year alone to have had Adu on trial - with Blackpool, Stabæk and AZ Alkmaar also having a look at the forward - but were the only one that were prepared to offer him a contract.
But while Adu may be the equivalent of a Football League journeyman, it would seem he is far from short of a bob or two having shared photos on his Instagram account apparently portraying a lavish lifestyle.
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His career, however, should have reached far greater heights. At the age of only 14 Adu became the youngest player to ever earn a pro contract in the USA when DC United chose him as No.1 pick at the MLS SuperDraft in 2004.
In his first season as a pro Adu was able to make 30 appearances, scoring five times and providing three assists, and found the net a total of 24 times during his two years with DC United. At this point he was only 16.
A debut for the USA came at the age of 16 years and 234 days but he made just another 16 appearances over the five following years as this career of great promise failed to get going.
Adu left DC United for Real Salt Lake in 2007 before getting his chance in Europe with Benfica the same year. He played only 11 times for the Portuguese giants in four years, and was loaned out to four clubs during his time in Lisbon.
After this he returned to MLS with Philadelphia Union and had something of a resurgence before moving to Brazil in an exchange deal involving Kleberson. Adu spent only seven months with Bahia.
They were his final club until his switch to Serbia some 10 months later. A decade on from Adu’s breakthrough and he is without a club again. What the future will hold, as ever with Adu, remains far from clear.
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