The Matt Miazga hype train is blowing its whistle, loud and clear for everyone to hear. The latest blast is inspired by a profile from Martin Harasimowicz for FourFourTwo.com.
It is an engaging read that includes a lot of information already familiar to New York Red Bulls fans: Miazga does want to test himself in Europe, and the English Premier League in particular; he remains open to playing for either Poland or the USA at the senior international level; he is man with ever-increasing options for his future.
There is some new information also, including the report that Poland has stepped up its efforts to win the young center back's commitment to its national team's cause (he has been contacted by Polish soccer legend Zbigniew Boniek and promised a call-up in the near future), while US Soccer remains equally keen to hold on to its burgeoning star (in the piece, Tab Ramos calls Miazga "the future of American soccer"). Interesting times ahead for Miazga at the international level.
The entire article is well worth a read and we won't spoil it by giving away all its details, but the eye-catching news is the identity of specific Premier League clubs that have approached Miazga: the report names Leicester City, Stoke City and Chelsea. The story doesn't specify when these offers were received, though it implies they may have arrived in the wake of Miazga's impressive work for the USA U-20s at the U-20 World Cup earlier this year.
The defender turned them all down - for now (as far as we know, he is keeping his club options open and has thus far resisted RBNY's efforts to get him to sign a new contract).
Is Jose Mourinho aware that his club covets a "Mickey Mouse" team's player? Once A Metro sincerely hopes Jose got that delivery of Red Bull that was in the works. He may need a pick-me-up after reading FourFourTwo's report.