It seemed like all of New England was happy when Tajon Buchanan’s deal to move to Club Brugge in January after the 2021 MLS season.
On Tuesday, the Revolution announced that the Belgian club had acquired the 22-year-old in a move that will keep Buchanan for the rest of the MLS season.
The move is well deserved as Buchanan has dominated for both New England and his homeland of Canada. With the Revs, Buchanan has tallied six goals and four assists so far this season. If it wasn’t for the move, Buchanan would have been at the All-Star game alongside Gustavo Bou and Matt Turner.
Buchanan’s Head Coach, Bruce Arena gave his thoughts on the move on Thursday.
“No one knows if it’s a perfect move, but it’s a positive move for sure,” said Arena. “Tajon [Buchanan] was highly sought-after by a number of clubs. We were not interested in transferring any of our players in this transfer window. We found clubs that still maintained an interest in Tajon, despite the fact that we weren’t going to release him in this window. Of the clubs that were interested, Club Brugge was one of the clubs that I think, and obviously he does and his agent, that he can have a great future there. Brugge is known for developing young players and moving them on to even bigger clubs and Brugge is also in the [UEFA] Champions League. So, when he goes there in January, he’ll be stepping into a team that’s in Champions League and that’s a great opportunity for a young player like Tajon. And I think the Belgian League is a nice fit for him as well. And if he can get acclimated into that league, you never know where he’s headed next.”
Arena doesn’t just think that this is a good move for the player, he also thinks it’s good for the club.
“So, I think overall, at his age, it’s a real positive move for our club,” he added. “Listen, the transfer of players is part of the business of soccer or football, however you want to term it, and we’re getting into that now. And to bring in some revenue from transfers is an indication to ownership that the money they’re investing in the club is a positive and it shows that there’s long-term potential not only for our club but for our league as well.”
Buchanan’s teammate DeJuan Jones isn’t a stranger to transfer rumors. Jones was recently linked to European interest. He have his thoughts on Buchanan’s move as well.
“Yeah, like you said me and Tajon have been on this journey together since our rookie year,” Jones said. “Right when I got to the hotel in Foxborough, Tajon’s right there. Him and I have been on this journey for almost three years now and to see him develop the way he has, it’s really incredible. I’m really excited for him. I know Brugge is a good spot for him. He’s excited to be there but he’s also still excited with what we have here with the Revs. We’re looking to continue to play well this year and see what we can do.”
When you combine Buchanan’s move as well as being called up for World Cup Qualifiers by Canada, this has been quite the week for the 22-year-old.