Is MLS an option for Emile Heskey?

With Emile Heskey still without a club, could a move to Major League Soccer be a possibility for the ex-England International?

His spell with the Newcastle Jets ended earlier this year and he is a free agent as a result. He wouldn’t have to be listed as a designated player, which gives any move more of a chance of happening.

He has been training with Championship side Bolton Wanderers, who are still in the process of deciding whether or not they want to commit to signing another experienced player, having just added Eidur Gudjohnsen to their books.

In terms of experience he can offer the dressing room a lot, especially for young players,  as he has scored goals wherever he has been.

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He has played at the highest level, winning the UEFA Cup – now known as the Europa League, in Liverpool’s treble-winning season in 2001.

Houston Dynamo could be a possible destination as Owen Coyle has just been named as the head coach. Heskey could link up with the former Premier League manager who knows all about him, in a partnership that would see him play alongside fellow English forward Giles Barnes.

Having also lost Mark Sherrod to Orlando City in yesterdays Expansion Draft, the Dynamo are in a position where they need to bring in a striker.

At 36, some clubs may be put off by the the players age, but some of the best forwards in MLS have been of a similar age, such as Thierry Henry and Robbie Keane.

Having already made the move to Australia he has the experience of playing abroad and the challenge of MLS could appeal to him.

The question is, would anyone take the gamble on him?

About Lewis Addley (634 Articles)
Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB. All views are my own.

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