Chelsea announced the signing of defender Matt Miazga from the New York Red Bulls for £3.5 million on Saturday.
The 20-year-old, who made his debut for the US national team last year, signs on a four-and-a-half-year deal.
Miazga is viewed as one of best young talents to emerge from the MLS and Chelsea clearly don’t believe his lack of experience - he only played 39 league games for the Red Bulls - is anything to worry about.
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He became instantly adored by Red Bulls supporters after scoring in their 3-1 victory against rivals New York City FC, home to Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo, last June.
Twitter reacted accordingly to the signing, with some mocking Chelsea’s tendency to send young players out on loan by asking which club Miazga will join on a temporary deal.
Miazga’s signing spells more bad news for Chelsea defender Gary Cahill. The 30-year-old has been a regular on Chelsea’s bench in recent weeks as Guus Hiddink seems settled on John Terry and Kurt Zouma being his centre-back partnership.
Whether Miazga drops Cahill further down the pecking order remains to be seen. But Chelsea’s fans seem to think the former Bolton man could be off.
The youngster is the next Captain. Leader. Legend, according to Chelsea fans.
The signing is also evidence that the MLS is beginning to produce European-level talent.
The Red Bulls posted a video titled: ‘All The Best, Matt Miazga!’ as players congratulated the 6ft 4in defender on the move to England.