Report: LA Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget open to heading back overseas after MLS breakthrough

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The 23-year-old American joined the Galaxy in May after spending six years at West Ham United.

Sebastian Lletget only joined the LA Galaxy from West Ham United in May, but he could already be set to head back across the Atlantic.

According to the LA Times, the American midfielder is willing to listen to offers from overseas this winter, and having just enjoyed a stellar debut season in MLS, he could well have a fair few suitors competing for his signature.

Nevertheless, despite seeing his reputation soar in LA over recent months, Lletget’s previous spell aboard proved far from prosperous.

The 23-year-old originally joined West Ham in 2009 after being spotted playing for his local youth club, Sporting Santa Clara, and soon established himself as one of the east London outfit’s top prospects.

However, his six-year spell at the Boleyn Ground saw him make only one senior appearance for the Hammers in a 5-0 FA Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest in 2014, before he returned to the States earlier this summer to link up with the MLS Cup holders.

Despite struggling to make his mark in England, though, the California native has since proved a revelation for the Galaxy, dazzling supporters with his playmaking skills on the left wing, while scoring nine times in 26 competitive appearances.

His latest goal came in Wednesday night’s 3-2 playoff defeat at the Seattle Sounders, when he cancelled out Clint Dempsey’s 5th-minute opener just seconds later with a simple finish, and Bruce Arena’s decision to later withdraw him with 14 minutes left instead of the struggling Steven Gerrard drew a considerable amount of disapproval from fans and the media alike.

Having outshone Gerrard and fellow big-name summer signing Giovani dos Santos of late, there is now even strong support for the former US Under-23 international to receive a first senior call-up for next month’s World Cup qualifiers, and that would certainly help bump up value ahead of the winter transfer window.

However, you can likely rule out any chance of him reuniting with Sam Allardyce at Sunderland, having failed to impress the new Black Cats boss throughout their time together at West Ham.

“Sam Allardyce came in and for four years just didn’t have me in his plans,” Lletget told ExtraTime Radio in June. “He always brought in so many players, so it was always difficult for a young player to break in.

“I think people underestimate how difficult it really is [to break through in Europe] because you don’t have anyone holding your hand. You’re playing with, in my case, Premier League players and it’s tough to make that step up.”

Of course, now Lletget is happy and thriving with the Galaxy, there is certainly no reason why he has to move on so soon, but if he carries his 2015 form into next season, calls for him to give European football another go will be inevitable.

It would certainly not be a huge surprise to see him playing elsewhere come January, but with so many of the USA’s leading starts now plying their trade in MLS, staying at the StubHub Center for the foreseeable future would do him no harm either.

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