Posted February 05, 2014

Freddy Adu plays in Blackpool’s closed-door scrimmage

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Freddy Adu, left, remains in search of a new club after having his time at Brazil’s Bahia end in December. (Sebastiao Moreira/EPA/Landov)

Freddy Adu is in search of his next new club after having his contract with Brazilian club Bahia expire in December. Is England the next stop on his world tour?

Work-permit issues would certainly complicate matters (one would think that if Juan Agudelo had a hard time securing a permit on appeal, that Adu, even more of a U.S. international afterthought in the last couple of years, would have a fair share of roadblocks as well), but Adu has been training with League Championship side Blackpool and he even played 45 minutes in a closed-door friendly Tuedsay against the club’s youth team, according to the Blackpool Gazette.

The Gazette reports that Adu will remain training with the club for the remainder of the week. As a free agent who is out of contract, Adu is able to sign with any team outside of the transfer window, so last Friday’s deadline is of no consequence to him.

WAHL: Adu on move after Bahia release

Adu has been on teams in Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Monaco, Brazil and the United States, bolting MLS for a second time after having his contract with the Philadelphia Union terminated last March. Because of England’s work permit restrictions, Blackpool would seem to be an unlikely landing destination. The appeals process is not known for being an exact science, though, and Adu does carry international recognition despite his lack of U.S. caps in the last two years. For the time being, it’d be wise to take Adu’s Blackpool stint with a grain shaker of salt.

“Freddy is just over to train and I’m going to have a look at him,” Blackpool interim manager Barry Ferguson told The Gazette. “That’s as far as it goes at the moment. He’s not played in two months and he’s just come back from Brazil. We’ll see how he does in training.”

6 comments
MarcoBastian
MarcoBastian

How sad, 9 years of failure, in 6 different countries, with steadily declining abilities. Freddy and his agent have taken the money and ran, but to what end?

Askantwi
Askantwi

Trust me, Adu is better than any of the midfielders in the US squad. Why they are not selecting him? only God knows. He was the best paid player in America. That didn't sit well with some big shot players and officials. All these culminated to his demise. It's amazing how people could destroy your career. Freddy also made a big mistake for not choosing to play for Ghana. He would have been a huge international star by now. See the young players in Ghana's current squad? Atsu, Frimpong, Acheampong etc., would never have been called to the US national team, yet they are by far better than any midfielders in the US squad at the moment.

AF Whigs
AF Whigs

It would be nice to know if any of Freddy Adu's much-touted potential carried any real weight.  I've never had the chance to see him play, but the fact that he's been around the block so much without sticking anywhere certainly doesn't speak to him living up to the hype.


But here we are, the guy has basically no career and yet we still get regular updates on his whereabouts.  I wish him no ill will, but it certainly seems like he pulled the wool over people's eyes in his younger days.

MarcoBastian
MarcoBastian

Southeast Asia or South-beach Miami would seem next.

WFK85
WFK85

@Askantwi  You're delusional. Blackpool is a Championship side, as in the second division in England, and he has just been brought in for a tryout. He got dropped by a small Brazilian club. He has failed to make a name for himself at any club or his time with the national team. He is literally not in the same league as the players in the U.S. midfield. It's not a conspiracy buddy, he just can't hack it.