Friday, July 11, 2008
Feilhaber, Five Others Out At Derby County
Derby County is conducting a housecleaning this year bringing in nine new players and letting go of six, including American midfielder Benny Feilhaber. After his $2 million transfer to Derby County from Hamburg, Feilhaber has only played in ten matches (nine as a sub) since last August due to injuries.
Feilhaber is now in danger of catching the disease many Americans abroad have fallen to; lack of playing time and a spate of injuries making them less marketable to other clubs. Still, there are some who remember Feilhaber's performances in the Maccabiah Games, the Bundesliga, and in his 15 caps for the US team.
While his agent is probably working overtime to find him a club, it seems a few options may be available. First, he could always return to Hamburg on a free transfer since Derby looks like it is releasing him, Secondly, given the desperate situation at FC St Pauli, he could fit in and join the starting 11 pretty quickly. And finally, Maccabi Tel Aviv was interested in him back in January so, if they are still interested, they may be able to get him for a bargain.