“One of the league’s best defenders” – Chelsea’s £3.5m player profiled

first_imgDid you know?1. Miazga joined the Red Bulls academy in 2009 and signed a homegrown player contract in 2013, aged 18.2. He made his MLS debut in September 2013 in the 76th minute against Houston Dynamo.3. He has played 38 senior league and play-off appearances in the US.4. Miazga doesn’t require a work permit as he holds a Polish passport; his parents are from the eastern European country and in 2012 he made an appearance for their Under-18 team, before opting to play for the US.5. He made his senior debut for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side last November in a World Cup qualifier against St Vincent and the Grenadines. Expert eye:Speaking to talkSPORT, retired American goalkeeper Brad Friedel, spoke admirably of the centre back: “[Mizaga’s] a very tall figure. He’s a centre half. He’s come on in the last 18 months incredibly well; he’s currently in with Jurgen Klinsmann’s team as we speak, and this kid’s got a great future ahead of him.”New York Red Bulls manager Jesse Marsch said: “I think in many ways he has been one of the best defenders in the league this year and should be considered in that echelon. His starting points are very high – everything from his mentality, to his awareness, to his athleticism – which means his ceiling is very high.”Video evidence: Chelsea have signed defender Matt Miazga from New York Red Bulls in a reported £3.5m transfer.But who is the 20-year-old? Is he an alternative to £50m-rated defender John Stones?talkSPORT has taken a closer look at the man nearing a move to Stamford Bridge.Name: Matthew MiazgaDate of birth: July 19, 1995 (age 20)Birthplace: Clifton, New Jersey, United StatesPosition: DefenderHeight: 1.93m (6ft 4in)Club: New York Red BullsWhat’s the latest?In his press conference, manager Guus Hiddink revealed Miazga is now a Chelsea player.“He will be one of the squad members for the rest of the season, a young guy stepping up to the national team, and if you have young players you can see what they are capable of in training,” he explained. Miazga has also been monitored by Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City. The reported £3.5m transfer fee is on the low side given he had a year remaining on his current contract at the Red Bull Arena and turned down improved terms before the turn of the new year. New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga 3 3 3last_img read more