American goal-scorers in England might be a bit of a rarity, but there are plenty of central defenders from the US manning the ranks in Ol’ Blighty.
And Zak Whitbread is doing his part to keep League Football thick with American blood.
On Tuesday, Leicester City FC announced they’d signed Whitbread, 28, to a deal that will keep him with the Foxes through 2014.
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson spoke on the move to the club’s website:
“Zak is a player of great quality that will add a huge amount of experience to the squad; I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring him here.
“He will be a great character to have as part of the group and, having only won promotion from the Championship a little over a year ago with Norwich, he knows exactly what it takes to get out of this division.
“We’re really pleased with the business we have been able to do so far this summer, we have made some valuable additions to the squad and Zak certainly falls into that category.”
Zak was born in Texas but lived in England and Singapore as a young boy. His father, Barry Whitbread, was actually coach of the Singapore national team in the late 90s.
Zak spent time with Liverpool, Millwall and Norwich City (TDK actually saw him play live once … I know!), and he has five caps with the US Under-20s. He was named to camp with the USMNT proper in March 2011 for friendlies against Argentina and Parguay, but didn’t feature due to injury.