American defender Matt Miazga could be on the move to Ligue 1 in the coming days as the Chelsea player is set to go on another loan spell with Caen. The transfer only makes the future brighter and brighter, both for Miazga and the USMNT.
Following a stellar season with Vitesse in the Dutch Eredivisie, Matt Miazga is garnering attention from Ligue 1 side, Caen. The defender would be reportedly joining the French club on loan from Chelsea.
His time at Vitesse was also a loan spell that was an overall success in his development. Miazga made over 50 league appearances for Vitesse and scored three goals during his two seasons with the Dutch club.
This move to Caen would be a big step in the right direction for Miazga as he would foreseeably get plenty of regular playing time in one of Europe’s top five leagues.
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Although Miazga got lots of first-team minutes in the Netherlands, the level of play will increase in Ligue 1 and the strikers he will face will give him a fierce test. If this move happens, Miazga will get the opportunity of his career to prove himself in Europe. This is his moment.
It was not a great campaign for Caen defensively last season; the club from Nothern France barely stayed in the top flight finishing in 17th place in the table, which was just one point out of the relegation zone. With a total of 65 goals conceded across the 38-match season, it is fairly easy to see why they struggled so much. They conceded the fourth most goals in Ligue 1 and can use all the defensive help they can get to try and stay up for another season.
Miazga will have added pressure for this reason as Caen will certainly be looking to him and other new signings to reduce the goals conceded number significantly in the 2018-19 season. No doubt, Chelsea will be watching their young defender intently. Depending on how it goes for Miazga, this could be his ticket back to the Premier League and London.
The United States Men’s National Team will come calling for Miazga in the fall as the U.S. have a host of important friendlies. At just 23, Miazga has become an integral part of the USMNT backline, and, at the moment, doesn’t seem like he will be losing his starting role anytime soon.
As a result, his time in France can only further benefit the amount of respect he will gain from American fans.
This will now place two American players in the Ligue 1 with Miazga joining Paris Saint-Germain’s Tim Weah. With two USMNT players in one of Europe’s top flights, the future is looking brighter and brighter for the U.S. and Miazga.