Prince Tagoe Released By Bursapor?

Headlines with question marks are always funny, but in this case due to the nature of automated translation and the global nature of football there is little certainty. Indications are that forward Prince Tagoe is no longer with his club. We're talking about a Ghana national team player played in Germany and Serbia during the last season, was heavily connected to the Seattle Sounders at the summer window in 2011, eventually moved to Bursaspor in Turkey. His agent and national team coach are both Serbian and he's played in the UAE and Saudi Arabia as well. Prince Tagoe is a symbol of the global nature of the game.

His release by Bursaspor is another symbol of the international game. Roster churn is a way of life in most leagues. Tagoe's move to Turkey did not result in a strong offensive output (1 goal in 11 appearances), nor is Bursaspor in a position to make it into European qualification, a key path to money. So, despite paying a significant transfer fee to Hoffenheim Tagoe is either released, or will be shortly. Though a growing league, Turkish teams can't afford players that aren't producing right now.

Still, despite his lack of production in first and second tier European leagues he remains in the national team plans for Ghana at the Cup of Nations. There are mutterings in Ghana that this is because of his agent's relationship with the national coach. Tagoe will have one month to show the world that he deserves a contract and playing time. He will do so on a team that enters the tournament as a favorite.

Whether the Sounders are still interested in Tagoe is unknown, but with rumors of Alvaro Fernandez being interested in Europe and the dreams of fans that the club isn't done yet the possibility of a reclamation project for a once promising youngster is enticing. A few dominoes would need to fall, but the potential for significant winter moves still exists.

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