Thursday, July 22, 2010

7/22/2010: Crew Have Enough Money For Stern John Return, But Do We Want Him Here? Possibly.

A source, connected with the Columbus Crew's team operations, has stated that Stern John's expected salary wouldn't be prohibitive to re-signing the former Crew legend this Summer. But, according to Crew Xtra, the Crew have yet to have any contact talks with Stern John recently about that option.

Ra, ra, ra, really?

So, the Crew volunteer the information that they can in fact sign Stern John but they haven't talked to Stern John about that option? Well, if that is indeed true, I think it's fair enough to say that the Columbus Crew will be talking to John soon. But, should they?

Crew fans are particularly mixed on a re-signing of John; As John isn't the player he was a decade ago with the Crew, when John scored a scintillating 44 goals in 55 matches. Further, John appears to be far from his best English form with Southampton, Coventry City, and Birmingham City. As since 2008, John has 47 appearances with Bristol City, Crystal Palace, and Ipswich Town with only 5 goals.

However, Stern John may be shaking off the cobwebs in 2010; as John looked lively and in good form for Palace recently. Here was John's best performance this April when he scored his 100th English goal:

John seems to be regaining some form in 2010, as he also scored this header for Ipswich Town in a 3-2 win against Coventry in January:

John may have only 5 goals in 47 appearances since 2008. But, in 2010 John has scored 3 of those which might suggest that John is whaking out of his recent funk; As John has had 3 goals in his last 8 Championship appearances.

But, John's contract with Crystal Palace expired in June and Palace said they would not try to attempt to re-sign Stern John. Therefore, John is at the moment teamless and for the right price could be hooking up where it all began for him, here in Columbus.


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