Matt Miazga is in precarious situation at Nantes after making bad first impression

Matt Miazga nailed down one of the starting jobs at center back for the USA this year, but he finds himself on the outs at French club Nantes just two months after his loan move from Chelsea.

Miazga, who spent the last two seasons at Dutch club Vitesse, was immediately inserted in the Canaris' starting lineup but a shaky start to the season for player and club came to a head on Oct. 7 when Nantes lost to Bordeaux, 3-0, leaving it in 19th place.

The game was the first for veteran coach Vahid Halilhodzic, brought in after Portuguese coach Miguel Cardoso was fired.

Miazga was responsible for the second Bordeaux goal, coughing up the ball with a heavy touch in the 7th minute, then conceded a penalty that led to the third goal.

To make matters worse, the 23-year-old defender picked a yellow card for the fifth straight game, earning a one-game suspension. Halilhodzic hasn't dressed him since.

Senegalese defender Kara Mbodj, acquired on loan (from Anderlecht) just before the summer window closed, started alongside Brazilian Diego Carlos the next two Ligue 1 games and has been excellent for Nantes, which won both games, climbing out of the relegation zone and into 13th place.

Miazga's situation is so precarious that he wasn't even included in the squad Halilhodzic, who coached Algeria at the 2010 World Cup and qualified Japan for the 2018 finals, has taken to Montpellier for Tuesday's League Cup match.

Nicolas Pallois, whom Nantes had considered getting rid of when it brought in Miazga, is the third center back.
2 comments about "Matt Miazga is in precarious situation at Nantes after making bad first impression".
  1. R2 Dad, October 30, 2018 at 10:29 a.m.

    This is what happens when transfers, loan or otherwise, don't know the language. Part of the process of Pulisic integrating into Dortmund was learning German--it's the same for Sargent at the moment. Teams do it to protect the player, build confidence and enable teammates to support. Did Miazga come back from the Vitesse loan speaking french? The cultural aspect of the transfer should be addressed if the player is to be sucessful.

  2. frank schoon replied, October 30, 2018 at 3:49 p.m.

    R2, they got rid of him at Vitesse in Holland, where language is no problem. You can't compare him with Pulisic and Sargent situation. He is dirty player, sneaky, and I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up in the MLS, next season....

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