Carroll and Torres moves highlighted huge day of spending on Monday.Juan Pablo Angel recently experienced the American soccer transfer market. Based on his comments today, he's likely glad he no longer has to deal with the European market he left behind
“The market is getting crazy,” the new Los Angeles Galaxy forward said about England at training on Tuesday.
“I don’t know how far the game can go with it because there are only certain teams in the world that can do it. They put the market on a completely different level.”
The money was flying around the UK on Monday, the final day of the European transfer window. The spending spree was highlighted by two of the most expensive transfers in European history, both involving Liverpool: Newcastle striker Andy Carroll arriving for 35 million pounds, and Fernando Torres leaving to Chelsea for 50 million pounds.
Angel himself was once a record transfer. His 2001 move from River Plate to Aston Villa cost the British side 9.5 million pounds, then a club record fee.
Of the English Premier League, Angel said “It’s the best league in the world and when you play for a big team, the pressure is even bigger. You have to win championships. You have to perform well every week and there is no time off at that level. You have to do it every day.”
He enjoyed a very successful run in England, scoring 74 goals over 205 games for Villa. He moved to New York Red Bulls in MLS in 2007 and continued to be prolific, scoring 58 times in 102 matches.
Angel knows his world in the United States is different than the one he left in Europe:
“This league is growing but it still is going to take time to be at that level. There, the money, the pressure, the media, the fans, takes the whole atmosphere to a different level and you know that if you don’t perform, you’re disposable.”
Now 35, Angel signed with the Galaxy as their third designated player on January 19th. The Galaxy's training camp began this week.