Anyone care to venture a guess as to if/when this guy will show up in Toronto?
I've gone back and forth over this a couple times in the last day or so, but right now my gut feeling is that he's not coming.
** I'd like to take this moment to remind everyone reading that any predictions on the blog are PURE speculation, and not to be taken as fact, hard news or even halfway truthful. Unless, of course, any of my speculation comes true. Then I receive full credit for having predicted it. Those are the rules. I didn't make them up. I just play by them **
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As I was saying, despite Mo Johnston's firm assertion that TFC wouldn't buy any players before the transfer deadline, part of me thought Huckerby would show up here eventually, maybe stroll into BMO field in mid-April, like Dichio did last season.
This hunch wasn't based on anything rational. I mean, this guy's nearly 32 years old and taking painkillers for a chronic hip condition. Unless he's Bo Jackson, I can't see him overcoming those medical issues to have a major impact.
Instead, something Mo said set me off.
Last spring I heard a rumour that TFC was gong to sign Gennaro Gattuso. When I ran it by Mo he was like (and I'm paraphrasing here) "hell, no! We can't afford that guy!"
It's happened with other players too. I'll hear TFC's trying to sign a guy and most times if they're not Mo will tell me so.
But yesterday he just kept saying he wasn't allowed to talk about players under contract to other clubs.
Maybe. We know Mo likes to hint.
But maybe not. Where's his incentive to sign an aging, ailing striker?
So this morning a quick Google news search brings me this story from England.
Turns out Norwich City's manager hasn't heard a thing from anyone over here, or at least that's what he's telling reporters over there.
Is this where the plot thickens? Or just where it fizzles?
I'm betting it's option number two. I can see why Norwich might want to dump an older, unhealthy player who's probably making a hefty salary, but I just can't see a reason for TFC to pick him up, especially knowing that he'll gobble up a big chunk of the salary cap.
But what do I know? I'm just a newspaper reporter.
I want to know what the readers think.
Looks like DC United have signed their first DP.
Actually, the AP story simply says they've signed Marcelo Gallardo, who played for Argentina in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups. All the secondary reports say Gallardo is the team's DP.
The news had Cathal Kelly shaking his head. He and I disagree on DPs. He's convinced TFC needs to sign one, like yesterday. I'm still not sure. He says you do it to show the loud and loyal fans at BMO Field (the ones that pilloried him for referring to the team as "FC," and the ones who flooded my inbox with protests after I wrote that some of them booed the team after the RSL game) that you're serious about winning. I say the best way to show you're serious about winning is to build a team that wins, DP or not.
The top four teams in 2007 (DC, Chivas, Houston and New England) were all DP-free. FC Dallas spent nearly $880,000 on Denilson and the only postseason stat he collected was a yellow card.
Training camp for season two starts on Friday, and while TFC has pruned a few players from last year's last-place squad, they've added little beyond their draft picks. Johnston has been hinting about adding someone from overseas (though, as I said, probably not Huckerby, in-my-not-so-expert-opinion) but we haven't seen anyone yet.
You guys know my opinion on the subject, but I want to know what you think.
Is it time for a DP at TFC?
Discuss using the comments link below.
- Morgan Campbell