Freddy Adu, once regarded as one of the hottest young talents in world football, is currently trying to impress the coaching staff at Blackpool.
The 24-year-old forward has in the past been linked with clubs such as Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, but he has thus far failed to live up to his early promise. Having been released by his latest club, Brazilian side Bahia, in November, he could finally now get a chance to shine in England in the surroundings of Bloomfield Road.
Adu travelled with the Seasiders for their clash at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, a match in which they lost 2-0, and he is currently training with their first team squad. He is lined up to feature in a behind-closed-doors match against the youth team, when caretaker manager Barry Ferguson will be taking a close look at the talented American.
“Freddy Adu is just over to train and I’m going to have a look at him. That’s as far as it goes at the moment,” he told the Blackpool Gazette. “He’s not played in two months and he’s just come back from Brazil. We’ll see how he does in training.”
Adu, who won the last of his 17 international caps for the US in 2011, started his career at DC United where he was handed a contract at just 14, and has also been on the books of Red Salt Lake, Portuguese giants Benfica, and Philadelphia Union. He has also had loan spells at Monaco, Belenenses, Aris, and Caykur Rizespor.