According to a Major League Soccer report, English Championship side, Bristol City have offered nearly $4million for Columbus Crew SC goalkeeper, Zack Steffen.
Steffen has played in Europe previously, beginning his career at SC Freiburg in Germany before returning to his homeland and joining Columbus Crew in 2016. During his couple of years with the Crew, he has established himself as one of the best shot-stoppers in Major League Soccer, and has a real chance of becoming USA’s number one as they look to move forward.
So far during the 2018 season, he has kept seven clean sheets in 16 league games. He was named MLS Player of the Month for May as he went on a run of five clean sheets in a row.
A move to Bristol City could make sense for Steffen – and here’s why. The Robins have established themselves as a development club in the Championship, whether it’s buying and selling, or making use of their academy. It’s a method used by clubs in order to compete whilst also looking to develop and make profit in the future.
A couple of recent examples are Aden Flint and academy graduate, Bobby Reid. Flint joined Bristol City from Swindon Town in 2013, and went on to score 37 goals in a five-year spell – impressive for a central defender… He signed for Middlesbrough in a reported £7million deal this summer.
Bobby Reid came through the club’s academy, and after countless impressive performances last season, he earned a move to now Premier League side Cardiff City, going for around £10million.
My point is, that if Zack Steffen can become a first-choice keeper in the Championship, especially with a club like Bristol City, they can develop him and who knows, he could attract further interest and discover greater opportunities further down the line.
Bristol City keeper Frank Fielding recently suffered an injury in preseason so, if Steffen was to make the move, it would allow him the chance to establish himself as first-choice almost immediately. That would be absolutely vital, both for him, and the United States Men’s National Team in the long run.
Written by Luke Beaumont – (@_LukeBeaumont)
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