A Premier League defender to TFC? That can only be a good thing right?
Paul Mariner confirmed that Toronto FC has a deal in place to bring in a defender and that it would be announced in the next few days once all the i's were dotted and the t's were crossed. Shortly after that news came out, Sky Sports suggested that former Bolton Wanderers defender Paul Robinson was in talks with the MLS club.
The report comes a bit out of the blue but the 33 year old left back has recently been released from his contract with Bolton following their relegation from the Premier League. He spent the end of last season on loan with Leeds United making 10 appearances for the club but when the club did not make a move to bring Robinson in on a permanent basis it seemed his days in England's top levels were over.
Robinson has spent most of his career playing on the left side of the back line but he is also capable of playing a more central role. It would make him a good fit in that regard for Toronto's needs. He would provide an upgrade at CB over the current group and could also offer added depth on the left where the club is constantly relying on Ashtone Morgan.
The issues with Robinson are pretty plain to see for anyone who has followed his career over the years. He has always been one with a knack for a bad tackle and has broken his share of opponents bones over the years. That toughness in and of itself is not a bad thing but the fact that he is a bit of a red card risk is worrying. There is also the fact that at 33 he has really dropped off in recent seasons. He was a fixture with West Bromwich Albion and Bolton for nearly a decade but his days of being a Premier League capable defender are now fading into the rear view mirror.
The other potential defender signing that does not seem to be going away is Darren O'dea. The 25 year old defender can play on the left and in the middle but has failed to really stick with any of his previous clubs. His last stint was with Leeds United but he is now out of contract and reports in Ireland are suggesting the Irish international is also in talks with Toronto FC.