Tottenham Hotspur have taken D.C. United winger Andy Najar on a two-week trial. In what has been an ongoing trend in recent seasons. The Honduran winger is the latest MLS player to train with a European club over their winter break.
The 18-year-old was voted MLS Rookie of the Year for the 2010 season and is the youngest player in the D.C. United squad. To come to England and train on a regular basis with the likes of Van Der Vaart, Bale and Modric will just help the youngster learn and grow as a player as well as doing wonders for his confidence.
Since David Beckham and Landon Donovan started this trend back in 2009 more MLS based players have followed their footsteps and have found European clubs to train with during the winter break.
Ex-Tottenham legend and new USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann is also in favour of this tactic and has encouraged his players to move abroad so they can broaden their knowledge and gain valuable experience.
D.C. United GM Dave Kasper said:
“We are pleased to finalize Andy’s stay with Tottenham.”
“I think this experience will be tremendous for him. He will come away from this as a better player, and we look forward to having him back with us shortly.
“It’s great for our players to get into a different environment and have a different experience. We feel it’s good for their continued development.
It’s certainly aligned with the philosophy that Jurgen Klinsmann has made public, which is that our offseason is too long and our players need to continue training.”
18-year-old Najar joins fellow MLS players Thierry Henry and Brek Shea who are currently training with rivals Arsenal- to name a few.