Nigel de Jong moved from La Galaxy to Turkish side, Galatasaray, on Deadline Day – don’t worry, we missed it, too. However, Major League Soccer certainly didn’t miss the transfer as the American’s seemed overwhelmingly happy to get the Dutchman out of America!
In a rather unusual send-off, with the MLS Twitter account putting together a 66-second clip of de Jong’s ‘highlights’, which didn’t seem to consist of an awful lot of, well, ‘highs’
The ex-Manchester City midfielder managed just 18 matches, with a return of three yellows, and one bloody awful tackle resulting in a red-card – the montage also included a tackle on Darlington Nagbe which resulted in the Dutchman receiving a retrospective ban.
That was no surprise, though, as we all know big Nige is partial to a terrible challenge or six!
Major League Soccer’s social media team were quick to emphasise de Jong’s impressive zero-goals-to-zero-assists ratio, whilst also stating in the video how the move…
“Creates more space and room for improvement”
MLS may think De Jong is hard, but he’s nothing compared to these lads…
1) Eric Cantonna
The Flying Frenchman, notoriously feared at Selhurst Park for *that* infamous kick. The ex-Man United captain has recently been earning his sardines by advertising for 1664, old school, no monkey business kind of centre-froward.
2) Roy Keane
Possibly the scariest bloke around. Never one to shy away from a 50/50 – or a 90:10 that doesn’t favour him – Keane took this aggression with him into press conferences as a manager, (turn your fuckin’ phone off!). Keane also took this passion to France in the summer, by showing his affection to Ireland’s players by strangling them as they went through the tournament.
3) Duncan Ferguson
Bloody hell Big Dunc’ did not give a shit about getting stuck into any challenge. A ferocious centre-forward who genuinely thought he was in a different sport.
4) Ben Thatcher
Not remembered for his footballing ability, but instead, that god awful elbow on Pedro Mendez.
5) Lee Cattermole
More likely to receive a red card than finish 90 minutes. The Sunderland midfielder has to be up there with one of the most feared players; in case he has one ‘of-of-those-days’.