Juan Agudelo's half-season stint at Dutch club FC Utrecht produced a respectable three goals and three assists in 14 matches as he helped the Eredivisie side avoid releation, but that was not enough to help him impress members of the UK work permit appeal board.
Agudelo had his request for a UK work permit rejected Friday, leaving his future at Stoke City in question after being denied a work permit for the second time, sources confirmed to Goal USA on Friday.
The second rejection of a work permit effectively voids the contract Agudelo signed with Stoke City in January, leaving the 21-year-old forward a free agent for the second time in five months.
Agudelo left Major League Soccer in January after letting his contract expire, and he signed a large contract with Stoke City but saw his initial work permit appeal rejected because of a lack of national team appearances. There had been hope that an impressive run in the Dutch League would give Agudelo a better chance of securing a work permit a second time around, but that did not materialize and now the young American forward is again looking for a new club.
Agudelo did generate considerable transfer interest from a variety of clubs in January, from leagues ranging from Belgium to Turkey, and his stint with FC Utrecht should also help yield some interest from the Eredivisie.
The rejected work permit appeal comes just a day after FA chairman Greg Dyke announced an overhaul of the work permit system in an attempt to help create more chances for British players.
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