The January transfer window in Europe is a time of rampant speculation, intrigue and uncertainty. And not just for the players that move, but also for their new teammates. During this past January, several U.S. players changed addresses, with many crossing borders into new leagues and new situations. As they prepare to suit up and hopefully get their first sniffs at their new clubs, longtime EPL veteran Jonathan Spector shared a couple thoughts on the U.S. player moves and what they can expect in the days and weeks ahead.On the U.S. players making the move to England:
“The final day of the window was pretty hectic, even more so than normal. It was good to see the likes of Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones make the move to England. When you go on loan like this you only have a short time, and I’m sure they will do well and make the most of it. It would be good to see them here on a more permanent basis if that is what they feel is best for their careers. I’m sure they will enjoy the experience.”
On players coming into new teams midseason:
“It is very difficult thing. You’re expected to come in and have a big impact on the team, all without knowing the players you are playing with or against as well as you’d like. That can be difficult, and it takes time to adjust. On the positive side for Michael and Jermaine, I would say that the style of play isn’t too different than what they have experienced. The closest league in terms of style to the EPL is the Bundesliga, so I think that will certainly put them in a good starting point. They both have a great work ethic and a really good attitude, and that will make it easier for them to adjust and do well for their clubs.”
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For more of Spector's interview, watch this special edition of Studio 90.