Brek Shea isn’t a player that rings alarm bells and he’s unlikely to get you sitting on the edge of your seat with anticipation or your eyes rolling in wonderment. However the promising teenager is the latest prospect coming through the MLS that has attracted a wide interest from England and Italy.
Very few MLS players have made it in the EPL, but some say the highly rated Dallas winger could be the real deal. FC Dallas are currently in there off-season, which in recent seasons we have seen MLS-based players train in Europe to maintain their fitness during this period; the latest being Shea to ploy this scheme. The 21-year-old MVP candidate will remain in Europe and train with Arsenal for a month following the national team’s friendlies next week against France and Slovenia.
Shea has been heavily scouted by Premiership clubs and was recently rumoured to be a subject of a £10 million bid by Manchester United in January. While he trains with Arsenal, he will learn a great deal from the talented players surrounding him and being under the guidance of Arsene Wenger who specialises in breeding young talent. Shea has been dubbed as a Bale-esque type of player due to his pace, athleticism and speed on the ball. The young versatile midfielder, who like Bale started as a left back has found that his attacking instincts make him a much stronger winger than a defender. He can also play as a second striker.
“The decision to send Shea to train with the Gunners was made after U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann encouraged his MLS-based players to spend the off-season training overseas to enter January camp in top shape,” said a statement from FC Dallas.
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman said: “Affording Brek the opportunity to continue to work on improving his game and measure himself among the best players in the world is something we are all excited about. It’s a winning situation for Brek, FC Dallas and the US team, as the extra training time will help push his game to the next level.”
The American youngster is excited at the prospect of training with Arsenal, stating it would be his dream to finally one day play in the Premier League.
He said: “To see how he [Wenger] does things, he has had so many young players over the years and turned them into who they became, that experience will be pretty cool,
“I think, obviously I am happy where I am, but I want to, eventually when the time is right, try it out and give it a shot.
“It’s just strictly training, [getting] that experience and hopefully raising my game to another level.
“[Jurgen’s] been pushing and wanting us to train in Europe in the off-season and it is good to get that experience.”
He might be the hottest prospect in America, but to break through in Europe is a difficult task for anybody. Remember Freddy Adu, look how his career planned out? So will Brek Shea be the next Gareth Bale, I highly doubt it but only time will tell?