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Onyewu Picked Up By Rossoneri
July 7, 2009, 5:30 PM
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AC Milan have announced the surprise signing of American defender Oguchi Onyewu.

Onyewu, who had a loan spell at Newcastle in 2007, has signed a three-year deal with the Italian giants after leaving Standard Liege.

The American International was a hot commodity after the Confederations Cup showing.

The American International was a hot commodity after the Confederations Cup showing.

The 27-year-old was linked with a host of English clubs earlier this summer, but Milan have moved to lure him to the San Siro.

Onyewu impressed during the recent Confederations Cup, helping the USA reach the final and Milan have decided to bring him in to bolster their defensive options.

A statement on Milan’s official website read: “AC Milan would like to inform that they have signed Oguchi Onyewu on a permanent basis from Standard Liege.

“The USA international has signed until June 30 2012.”.

Analysis:  Don’t be fooled by this move just yet.  While I’m all for Americans abroad in the transfer market, I just don’t want to see Onyewu fall into the same situation as Adu, Altidore and Beasley.  If he can manage a starting spot and hold it, that would be a great boost for both his skill and national team.  However, he will draw competition from some of the world’s best in Nesta, Oddo, Zambrotta and Jankulovski.  If finds himself rotting on the bench, it could cause big problems for his career and he should seek time elsewhere.  Reportedly, there was interest from Inter Milan and Birmingham (says the club VP), so, if worst comes to worst, we know he wouldn’t have a horribly hard time finding a club.

Result:  If Milan don’t seek any other defensive signings, Onyewu has a legitimate shot at making the starting eleven.  If, even for a minute, he doesn’t push himself and strive to be better, he’ll be eclipsed by other players.  This will be a brand new challenge for the American, and make no doubt, his hardest yet.


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