Freddy Adu bides his time again
Whether it's Benfica or AS Monaco,
Five weeks after arriving from the Olympics, where he represented the U.S., the 19-year-old forward has played just 23 minutes in three brief appearances, though he could get a start on Wednesday when Monaco faces Paris St. Germain in the French League Cup.
Competition for playing time is stiff at Monaco, one of the youngest teams in the First Division. It is a respectable ninth in the 20-team Ligue 1, but it has scored only five goals in six games.
The sale of 21-year-old Frenchman
Adu's signing on loan from Benfica was big news on the Riviera, but Monaco then went out and signed 23-year-old Korean striker
The first forward off the bench has been
"For two weeks, I've looked at him in practice and noticed a change in his rhythm," Ricardo said of Adu. "He's making more runs, he's moving quicker and he understands the team better. In his finishing, he's also having a lot of success."
For his part, Adu acknowledges he needs to be patient.
"I obviously would like more time on the field so I can contribute to the team's success," he said in his
They could come as soon as Wednesday night.
The Monaco-PSG clash is the second of the season at the Stade Louis II. Monaco won 1-0 on the opening day of league play.