Ex-Rangers and Chicago Fire winger DaMarcus Beasley has today completed a transfer to the Bundesliga with Hannover 96. While Beasley is seen as something of a journeyman, having played for six different clubs in an eleven year career, he will be looking to cement his place in Hannover’s starting line-up and force his way back into the US men’s national team.
Beasley first began to impress during his time with the Chicago Fire, where he helped his side to two U.S. Open Cup’s and an MLS Supporter’s shield. He went on to make 98 league appearances with Chicago before securing a move to Holland with PSV Eindhoven, where he was brought in by then-manager Guus Hiddink to replace Arjen Robben, who made a big money move to English side Chelsea that summer. At first glance, this looks like a major mess-up by Guus Hiddink, who bought a player who isn’t even a third the player Robben is to replace the Dutch magician. But, Beasley’s move was initially quite successful. He played a major part in PSV’s Eredivisie title-winning seasons in 2005 and 2006, as well as their Champions League runs during that time. He also lifted the KNVB Cup with PSV.
Beasley’s form began to dip at PSV, and he was loaned out to Manchester City, and then sold to Scottish side Rangers. While at first he impressed, his form turned and he was left out of the majority of Rangers’ Scottish Premier League fixtures and also experienced a fair share of injury problems. Beasley declared his desire to move on during the 09/10 season due to a lack of playing time, and received so few league opportunities that he was not rewarded an SPL winner’s medal at the end of the season by virtue of not playing enough first-team matches for the club.
Beasley has now made a move to Hannover in hopes of playing regular first-team football, so he can get his career back on track. Beasley will look to bring a bit of pace to Hannover’s flanks, and will provide quick crosses into the box from the by-line for Hannover’s front men to attack. Beasley’s determination in making his Bundesliga move a success will be crucial to his on-field form; if Beasley truly does want to make himself a regular in the US men’s national team line-up and possibly force his way into the next World Cup, which he is young enough to make, then he’ll need to put in consistent, impressive performances with Hannover.
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