Last summer Belgian champions Club Brugge went shopping to make their strong domestic team also a strong team in UEFA’s Champions League competition. 

One of their marquee signings was American Owen Otasowie. The New York City-born midfielder was bought from Premier League team Wolverhampton Wanderers for a staggering £3.5 million, in order to boost their midfield as they played in Europe.

Things haven’t gone well for the young American as he still waits for his Club Brugge debut six months after having signed on the dotted line. Games in friendlies are all that he could boast about when he comes to the first team. He did however, make a few U-23 appearances with Club NXT, where he failed to impress the coaches. 

It was reported that Otasowie headed to Belgium in order to get more playing time and boost his chances of making a dream come true; playing with the USA in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022. 

Having not been sighted at the training ground recently, the question around the Venice of the North is, where is Otasowie? 

New Club coach Alfred Schreuder was somewhat coy when asked this at the team’s press conference on Friday afternoon.

“He’s not there,” the coach said, stating the obvious. 

The coaching staff have become so disillusioned with the American that they reportedly entertained the idea of looking for a deal that would see him leave the team in January, though no deal could be made. There is now talk of cutting their losses and terminating his contract that is due to run until mid-2025.

When pressed for an update on Otasowie’s future, the Dutchman stated, “What will happen to him? We have to wait and see.”

By Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on Amazon.com, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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