Haris Medunjanin Joins Philadelphia Union

It seems like the bearded globe-trotter just can’t help himself, can he?  Every couple of years Haris Medunjanin feels the need to uproot and make a move to a new club.  This time around, Medunjanin has joined MLS club Philadelphia Union.

The Union seem to have a need at the playmaking midfield position and if that’s what they’re looking for – Medunjanin can certainly provide it.  We won’t address his defensive capabilities (or lack thereof).

As far as experience goes, Medunjanin has his fair share.  The 31-year-old is now at his seventh club of his career, starting his professional career at AZ in Holland.  The Sarajevo born midfielder grew up in the Netherlands, but plays international football for Bosnia and Herzegovina with 54 caps and 8 goals.

Medunjanin has played club football in some very competitive leagues, including La Liga.  How has he performed over his career?  In totality, the player has accrued 305 competitive club matches across all competitions, scoring 45 goals and assisting a further 35.  Not too shabby.  He did well in Spain, despite falling out of favor with the manager at times, playing 66 games, scoring 8 times, and assisting 4.

As far as style is concerned, Medunjanin is a purely creative midfielder – preferably attacking.  Do not expect defensive hustle, or neck breaking speed from him.  The stamina might also be an issue but the positives are also there.  An extremely technical player, Medunjanin has excellent control of the field, spacial awareness, and ball distribution skills.  If his team can surround him with runners – especially on the wings, he could add a new dimension to a hard working team.  Medunjanin’s strength is undoubtedly his technical skill and creativity, but on occasion, he can also score from distance.  His free-kicks are also on par, even though he will never get a chance at the international level with Miralem Pjanic in the picture.  Laziness can often be a problem with Medunjanin, as well as stamina conditioning, but again, if properly utilized, these problems can be circumnavigated.

Overall, at 31 Medunjanin will bring considerable experience, composure, and technical skill to this Union side.  Good luck Hare!

EDIT:  After I saw how (surprisingly) popular this piece was getting with Union fans, I decided to add a few quirky facts about Haris.  His English language skills are good, he regularly watches the NBA, his best friend is Asmir Begovic (Chelsea FC), and he really really likes to tan his legs (don’t ask).  There you have it.  Your very own, Bosnian bearded Zohan.


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