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What’s French for “Underwhelmed?”


Before I begin let me say that in most of what follows the New England Revolution’s newest signing, Claude Dielna, is probably going to be an innocent bystander.  He could turn out to be- I hope he turns out to be- a quality player who solidifies the club’s back line and allows them to focus on the improvement of other areas of the roster (Although, maybe not, see below…).  That said, I’ve been with this club since day one and when it comes to “high profile” signings, well, there’s some history…

Today the New England Revolution announced the signing of French centerback Claude Dielna, 29.  I won’t pretend to know all the ins and outs of the paperwork, but apparently when it is completed the club will know whether Dielna has been signed with TAM (targeted allocation money) or as a DP (designated player).  For reasons that will become obvious, I hope it is the former rather than the latter.  Let’s look at his career- tell me when you sense a “trend.”

  • Does well enough as a youth player at Caen (Ligue 1) to earn a contract with Lorient (in Ligue 1 at the time).
  • Leaves Lorient after two seasons having never made a senior appearance.
  • Spends three seasons at Ligue 2 Istres where he made 68 appearances in all competitions over three seasons.
  • Istres does not re-sign him and he signs for Olympiacos (Superleague Greece) who immediately send him back to France on two season-long loans, first with Sedan (Ligue 2) and then Ajaccio (Ligue 1, but relegated at the end of his season there).  He is released at the end of the second loan, having never played a minute for Olympiacos.
  • He signs a three year deal with Sheffield Wednesday (Championship), plays regularly during his first season, but is then loaned out to Slovan Bratislava (2.Liga) where he plays six times in a season, and then to Dinamo Bucuresti (Liga 1) where he played 12 times in a season.  He was not resigned by Sheffield Wednesday.
  • Signs with New England Revolution.

What I see here is a player who has failed each time he has “stepped up” (Lorient, Olympiacos, and Sheffield Wednesday) and only had limited success (loan spells and one season with Wednesday) when he was playing “at his level.”

I think what bothers me the most is that the Revolution hierarchy- Heaps, Burns, and Bilello- have been droning on about how they’ve been scouring the globe for months to find the “right player” and what they’ve come up with is, essentially, a journeyman who has had trouble at two of the clubs for which he has played.  Oh, wait, I didn’t mention that?!  That’s correct, this, “right player” feuded with manager Fabrizio Ravenelli while on-loan at Ajaccio and took to Instagram to criticize manager Carlos Carvahal last fall when he didn’t feel he was getting enough playing time at Wednesday.

Both on and off the field, does this seem like the kind of player the Revolution should be spending “big money” on, regardless of whether it is in the form of TAM or DP money?  To me, it doesn’t, but then, as I said, there’s some history.  Here’s a list to help you:

  • Milton Caraglio:  The clubs first designated player…12 matches, 3 goals.
  • Ousmane Dabo:  A far better club player than Dielna and a French international, he lasted three matches.
  • Jermaine Jones:  No complaints, got the Revs to the final.
  • Jose Goncalves:  MLS Defender of the Year/MLS Best XI his first season, slightly worse each season after that.  Without at club since January.
  • Jerry Bengston:  Has still not scored ten goals in a season since leaving his native Honduras.
  • Shalrie Joseph:  Finally rewarded with a DP contract, traded to Chivas USA less than a year later for Blair Gavin, who played twice for the Revs and hasn’t been seen in MLS since.
  • Kei Kamara:  He has been good.  Not “very good,” and certainly not “great.”
  • Xavier Kouassi:  The jury is still out- as Kouassi was for his entire first season with the Revs…and a lot of this season as well.

I could go on, but here are a few more you can look up yourselves:  Didier Domi, Edgaras Jankauskas, Jose Moreno, Ilija Stolica, Kalifa Cisse, Jose Cardenas, John Lozano, Florian Lechner, Rajko Lekic, Marko Perovic, Monsef Zerka, and, of course, SAMBINHA!

Anyway, bon chance, Claude!


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This entry was posted on July 28, 2017 by in Finances, Major League Soccer, New England Revolution, Statistics, The Championship, Transfers.
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