FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea has been targeted by clubs in the Premier League and across Europe, according to his agent.
The 21-year-old has scored 10 goals in 24 games this season for the MLS side, and has subsequently courted interest from a host of teams.
“There is definitely interest in Brek from the teams in the Premier League,” Shea’s agent, Spencer Wadsworth, told Goal.com. “But it’s not just England, its teams from Germany, Holland and Belgium also.”
Wadsworth revealed that there are a number of scouts who are tracking his client at each of his games. While he wouldn’t get into any specific clubs, he said that he believes that teams will invest in his client once they are convinced that his recent performances are consistent throughout a full season.
Patrick McCabe, president of the Santio Sports and Entertainment agency that represents Shea, agreed with Wadsworth's assessment of the situation.
“With these scouts, they don’t evaluate a player over a few weeks,” McCabe explained. “They evaluate over a span of 7-10 months. Brek is in a good place right now and regular minutes are important.”
Shea has shown major improvements on the technical side of his game to go along with his fast and physical style of play while leading Dallas to second in the Western Conference standings. Last Wednesday, he shined with the U.S. national team in a 1-1 draw with Mexico.
With Shea having signed a four-year contract extension with FC Dallas earlier this season, clubs from abroad will have to pay a decent transfer fee to acquire him. Still, Wadsworth believes that if Shea continues to display the level of skill that has carried him to Major League Soccer MVP consideration through season’s end, a move after the season is very realistic.
“We don’t have to sell Brek’s qualities to anyone,” said Wadsworth, “Everyone has seen what he’s doing each and every week.”