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    Faster the Bundesliga 3 news hits the better.

    Boyd needs a change of scenery.

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    100 pages, woohoo! And FYR gets the honours...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuku View Post
    Interesting, well Ali Curtis did say he hoped to add at least one more player by the Aug 7 transfer deadline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuku View Post
    28, LW from a good league and can play AM. Seems like a perfect fit.

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    Telfer with a beauty second goal of the game for york9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikmacdo View Post
    28, LW from a good league and can play AM. Seems like a perfect fit.
    He played pretty well a few years ago, but has been on the decline since. This seasonís Guingamp side was an absolute shitshow all around though, so he may have looked worse than he actually is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red CB Toronto View Post
    Interesting, well Ali Curtis did say he hoped to add at least one more player by the Aug 7 transfer deadline.
    Two weeks till the window closes...

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    Toronto FC are set to sign 28-year-old French winger Nicolas Benezet from EA Guingamp https://t.co/er50bgD51h

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikmacdo View Post
    Toronto FC are set to sign 28-year-old French winger Nicolas Benezet from EA Guingamp https://t.co/er50bgD51h
    Anyone actually seen him play? A scouting report perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikmacdo View Post
    Toronto FC are set to sign 28-year-old French winger Nicolas Benezet from EA Guingamp https://t.co/er50bgD51h
    Lots of French outlets reporting on this. Looks to be a real rumour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DinamoTFC View Post
    Lots of French outlets reporting on this. Looks to be a real rumour.
    Some are reporting him heading to Montreal as well.

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    Canadian Press picking up on the Benezet rumour as well, including a quote from a TFC source. https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/sou...193433242.html

    "Benezet is a player that has been on our radar, but we have no agreement in place with him nor his club," said a TFC source.
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    The fact that tfc mentioned his name pretty much means its done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikmacdo View Post
    The fact that tfc mentioned his name pretty much means its done.
    Exactly

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    Assuming the Benezet deal goes through. How exactly does our team lineup full strength? This presumably sends Endoh and Shaffelburg down the chain.

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    I feel like Shaffleburg has earned his spot with the team. Feel like they will keep him on the roster even with a new addition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kodiakTFC View Post
    Assuming the Benezet deal goes through. How exactly does our team lineup full strength? This presumably sends Endoh and Shaffelburg down the chain.
    Benezet isnít really a winger; heís more of a midfielder.

    He also wasnít very good this season; heís in decline, but was once a decent prospect. I follow/watch French football pretty religiously, and nothing Iíve seen of him this season say heíd do well here... itís a bit of a toss-up. The entire Guingamp squad was more Ligue 2 than Ligue 1 this season if that says anything.

    Some of the people saying he was going to MTL have changed to Toronto so it looks like itís probably true.

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    If CP's Neil Davidson is writing about Benezet heading to TFC there has to be some real fire to it. He is not filing a story like this based off some random twitter banter, single report coming out of Europe driven by an agent. There is something defiantly going on here. Someone within the TFC camp is talking.

    https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/sour...colas-benezet/

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    Quote Originally Posted by stegosaurus View Post
    Benezet isnít really a winger; heís more of a midfielder.

    He also wasnít very good this season; heís in decline, but was once a decent prospect. I follow/watch French football pretty religiously, and nothing Iíve seen of him this season say heíd do well here... itís a bit of a toss-up. The entire Guingamp squad was more Ligue 2 than Ligue 1 this season if that says anything.

    Some of the people saying he was going to MTL have changed to Toronto so it looks like itís probably true.
    His highlights show him playing wing for the most part. Guingamp might have been ligue 2 talent wise but they still had to play ligue 1 teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikmacdo View Post
    His highlights show him playing wing for the most part. Guingamp might have been ligue 2 talent wise but they still had to play ligue 1 teams.
    Heís really more of a midfielder. He can play on both sides or centrally and has been used as a winger, but thatís basically the equivalent of putting Osorio on the wing and calling him a winger.

    He was not great this year and has been on a decline for several years; heís small and fairly technical, but he gets bullied by the fast, athletic, physical Ligue 1 defenses. Heíd play very hot/cold, and when cold was one of the worst men on the pitch; watching him get constantly dispossessed was probably depressing, but it would have just generally have been depressing to be a Guingamp supporter.

    Guingamp has a couple moments this year, mostly when teams thought they were playing a friendly against team from Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.

    Ligue 1 has a lot of disparity between the middle and bottom teams, with the bottom ones really being truly awful. Since they typically play 11 men behind the ball 99% of the time itís kind of difficult to ascertain the effectiveness of their attacking players.

    Like I said, he was a fairly decent prospect a few years ago, but hasnít performed optimally since then. Not sure if itís getting stuck with a weak team and ending up getting supplanted by some younger players, or whether heís declined or just not capable of hacking it on a poor team in Ligue 1.

    EAG was relegated and hopes to come back up, at which point Benezet was basically unceremoniously dumped from the squad due to a lack of effort and a high salary that wasnít deemed effective. Earlier in the year, he was being linked to Ligue 2 clubs (and some from non-French clubs, probably TFC) due to attitude issues and poor play that kept him out of the squad as well.

    Either way, itís an interesting pickup depending on salary as he can play either side (though mostly on the left) and could make our attacking play a bit sharper. Or, he could be on the decline. Or, he could have had attitude issues and sucked because EAG was incredibly bad.

    Time will tell!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stegosaurus View Post
    He’s really more of a midfielder. He can play on both sides or centrally and has been used as a winger, but that’s basically the equivalent of putting Osorio on the wing and calling him a winger.

    He was not great this year and has been on a decline for several years; he’s small and fairly technical, but he gets bullied by the fast, athletic, physical Ligue 1 defenses. He’d play very hot/cold, and when cold was one of the worst men on the pitch; watching him get constantly dispossessed was probably depressing, but it would have just generally have been depressing to be a Guingamp supporter.

    Guingamp has a couple moments this year, mostly when teams thought they were playing a friendly against team from Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.

    Ligue 1 has a lot of disparity between the middle and bottom teams, with the bottom ones really being truly awful. Since they typically play 11 men behind the ball 99% of the time it’s kind of difficult to ascertain the effectiveness of their attacking players.

    Like I said, he was a fairly decent prospect a few years ago, but hasn’t performed optimally since then. Not sure if it’s getting stuck with a weak team and ending up getting supplanted by some younger players, or whether he’s declined or just not capable of hacking it on a poor team in Ligue 1.

    EAG was relegated and hopes to come back up, at which point Benezet was basically unceremoniously dumped from the squad due to a lack of effort and a high salary that wasn’t deemed effective. Earlier in the year, he was being linked to Ligue 2 clubs (and some from non-French clubs, probably TFC) due to attitude issues and poor play that kept him out of the squad as well.

    Either way, it’s an interesting pickup depending on salary as he can play either side (though mostly on the left) and could make our attacking play a bit sharper. Or, he could be on the decline. Or, he could have had attitude issues and sucked because EAG was incredibly bad.

    Time will tell!
    hmm.
    so french Boyd wit VdW attitude

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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    We have gone from en fuego with non DP guys from Europe (Ricketts, Hasler, Mavinga, VV of course) to ice cold (vdW, Aketxe, Boyd).

    Has anyone in the league been worse at this in 2018-19? It's not even close I think...

    Good thing our main focus this Season isn't Europe... (Gonzalez, Laryea, DeLeon, Shaffelburg)
    Also- what are your thoughts on Westberg...he's a Non-DP European player

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    Here's an article from a Guingamp news source that says its almost complete and he'll be signing a 2 year deal (until the end of 2021). https://www.letelegramme.fr/football...9-12348827.php

    Translation below:
    Nicolas Benezet will leave Guingamp this summer. According to our information, his transfer to Toronto is almost complete. The 28-year-old playmaker is expected to sign for two years at the MLS club, until 2021.


    Under contract with En Avant until June 2020, the NÓmes, who had already almost left during the last winter transfer window, had told Patrice Lair, at the end of June, his desire elsewhere and had been training since with the reserve team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Ronaldo View Post
    hmm.
    so french Boyd wit VdW attitude
    I think thatís going a bit far.

    He can certainly play football, unlike Boyd, and he isnít going to get into a fistfight with his coach or try to mess with Zlatan like VdW.

    To me, itís just that he could either be a decent player depending on salary, or he could be a flop. He was offered to some second tier teams, including one whose manager had the same agent (Lens), but no one bit. That, to me, says that thereís an imbalance in the quality-price ratio or that no one wanted to risk a further decline.

    With the attitude, Iím just concerned because weíve had plenty of lazy players, and Vanney hasnít seemed able to deal with attitude issues from ego players in the most ideal way. Plus, this season is going to require some grit and fight, and a guy who complains about his teammates playing slowly and turns off when thereís adversity isnít going to work well with this iteration of TFC.

    Then again, he could be a good fit for MLS and do well. Itís a bit of a risk ó Iím just concerned about this team taking yet another risk that doesnít work out and being saddled with what I assume is a fairly reasonably sized salary. Not sure how much room we even have left though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stegosaurus View Post
    With the attitude, I’m just concerned because we’ve had plenty of lazy players, and Vanney hasn’t seemed able to deal with attitude issues from ego players in the most ideal way. Plus, this season is going to require some grit and fight, and a guy who complains about his teammates playing slowly and turns off when there’s adversity isn’t going to work well with this iteration of TFC.
    For a team that's been preaching "character" as a big part of their scouting this whole signing is surprising based on your assessment. I'm not doubting it (the signing or your judgement) - I don't follow the French league to comment - I just thought we were done with this kind of player.
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    so does someone move?
    We know chapman is done but doubt he has much trade value
    Marky has excellent trade value

    Or is this to have some guns always available on the bench.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Ronaldo View Post
    so does someone move?
    We know chapman is done but doubt he has much trade value
    Marky has excellent trade value

    Or is this to have some guns always available on the bench.
    He can play as an attacking midfielder (Osorio, Chapman, Pozo) either centrally or on the side, or on the wing potentially (Shuffleboard, maybe Gallardo, assuming he actually exists). He could potentially play a second striker role too.

    Heís not really very defensively oriented, so getting rid of Marky would be a bit silly.

    Sorry for any grammar mistakes too ó Iím ESL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben - D.O.W. View Post
    For a team that's been preaching "character" as a big part of their scouting this whole signing is surprising based on your assessment. I'm not doubting it (the signing or your judgement) - I don't follow the French league to comment - I just thought we were done with this kind of player.
    Yeah, not sure if the attitude issues were related to the teamís performance or whether itís just him. He didnít seem to have issues before, so itís possible he just wasnít getting along at EAG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Ronaldo View Post
    so does someone move?
    We know chapman is done but doubt he has much trade value
    Marky has excellent trade value

    Or is this to have some guns always available on the bench.
    Someone in the midfield has to move. Ensco made this point a long time ago and the options are Marky, Oso and Deleon.

    Chapman isnít ďdoneĒ. It was only three or four weeks ago that Vanney was praising him and he was first off the bench, and playing well when used correctly to minimize his weaknesses and maximize his strengths.

    A couple of posts above someone mentioned VdW taking on Zlatan. Good for him. Teller of truth.

 

 

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