Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin has reaffirmed his desire to bring Stoke City loanee Maurice Edu back to the MLS club in 2015.
Edu, 28, joined Stoke in August 2012 from liquidated Rangers but has made just one substitute appearance in the Premier League since, despite proving a huge hit during his four-season spell in Scotland.
Spending the second-half of the 2012-13 campaign on loan at Turkish club Buraspor, the former Toronto FC star then returned to MLS in January on a season-long deal, in order to boost his chances of making Jurgen Klinsmann’s US World Cup squad.
While he ultimately missed out on the trip to Brazil, Edu proved a considerable hit in Philadelphia, playing at both centre-back and in central midfield over 31 appearances, while captaining the side for much of the second-half of the season.
With the Union having the option to make his stay permanent, the 46-times capped international has already said he would be open to a return, and Curtin is pushing the Union’s ownership group to stump up the necessary fees.
“I hope he’s in a Union jersey going forward and I think he will be,” Curtin told MLSsoccer.com. “I’m cautiously optimistic we’ll be able to make something work.
“Mo’s a soccer player,” he continued. “He’s willing to play centre-back, for sure. If you look at his record when we played centre-back, it was successful.
“He’s the kind of guy that, when you talk to owners, can shut down the $5 to $7 million player. David Villa’s coming in, Kaka’s coming in, and Maurice Edu can shut those guys down physically. And, soccer-wise, he can play with those guys. And he doesn’t cost $7 million.”
While that praise may seem outlandish to some, Edu has certainly reinvigorated his career back in the States, but it remains to be seen whether that is where his immediate future lies moving forward.