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Maurice Edu talks; I fret about someone getting run over

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LANDOVER, MD - MAY 30: Maurice Edu #7 of USA warms up before the start of an International friendly game against Brazil at FedExField on May 30, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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When it comes to player interviews, is there anything so unstable as the “player in car” chit-chat with media?

It’s an awkward circumstance we seem to only see overseas, and it’s always so uncomfortable to watch.

First, the player (or manager or club official or whoever) always look like they are in unbearable pain, so pressed to escape the predicament. They look like a man hurrying off to drop a bag of cash so the bad guys will release their family.

Plus, I’m worried that they’ll take off and run over some poor schmoe’s foot, some media wage earner standing too close with the microphone. (It’s a little less stressful for me when the player being interviewed sits in the passenger seat, at least.)

At any rate, in the middle of all this breathless, deadline-day reporting – It really is all “Edward R. Murrow-London during the blitz” type stuff, isn’t it? – the brave men in Sky Sports jackets risked life and limb to get a chat with U.S. international Maurice Edu at Stoke.

Paperwork has kept the former Rangers midfielder from getting much training ground time for Tony Pulis’ side (Where the midfield really is getting quite crowded, isn’t it?). Here’s what Edu had to say from inside the car:

I’m very excited. I’ve always wanted to play in the Premier League and now I have that opportunity. I’m looking forward to it and looking to make the most of it.”

About the prolonged process of getting all the paperwork in order:

That’s how it goes sometime. And sometimes things take a little longer. But it’s all done now, and I’m excited to get going.”

About whether he’ll appear Saturday as Stoke City visits Wigan at the DW Stadium.

I hope so. I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes. But I’m definitely looking forward to playing as soon as possible.”