In his first full season with TFC, playing behind a pair of DP strikers, Luke Moore saw his playing time dramatically decreased - from nearly 2000 minutes in 2014 to just over 600 this year - resulting in a foreseeable drop in overall production.
His six starts were sixteen less than last season, though he did make an additional nine appearances from the bench, more often than not eating up late minutes with the match all but decided.
But still, there was value in those boots, moving from a point every 200 minutes to one every 150.
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Moore is in an awkward position. With Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, Robbie Findley, and the late addition of Herculez Gomez - not to mention Jordan Hamilton, equally in desperate need of minutes - moving him further and further down the pecking order for the striking roles in Greg Vanney's eleven.
With Findley now gone, Moore should move closer to the field - Findley took the bulk of the minutes without the big two, but, unless injury were to strike down a player or two, he will be limited to those same substitute minutes next season. For Moore, rare starts will come only when those preferred are away on international duty - which will occur with only intermittently this season, though the 2016 Euros will provide a window, assuming Giovinco is called into the Italian squad for the month long tournament beginning in June.
Therein lies the problem for a player such as Moore.
When given a chance to get his feet under him, he has performed for TFC. Six goals and four assists in 2014 is not a bad contribution, while his best spell in 2015 - spanning from May 23 to June 6 - corresponded to his longest run of consecutive appearances.
He scored his only goal of the season against San Jose and picked up assists in three-straight matches - which were all won by TFC - setting up that Giovinco blast against Portland and slipping a ball to the Italian as he took on (and made fool of) Sean Franklin down the left-side of the box to equalize in DC.
In between those two helpers, he teed up Warren Creavalle for the game-winner against the Earthquakes and put the icing on the cake with the third goal in a 3-1 win, arriving at the near-post to put a deft-flick on a Giovinco ball:
That was the sum of his contribution to the scoresheet this season and it is no coincidence that those points came in games three-through-five of a six-game spell on the pitch. There is value in allowing a player regular playing time, to get up to game speed and acquire match fitness.
That will again be one of the challenges for Vanney this season: that he take advantage of dense scheduling, substitutions, a run in the Voyageurs Cup, and, hopefully, early leads, to give enough minutes to the squad players so that when necessary they can contribute to a whole-team effort over the year.
Worth noting is that Moore has proved in his season and a half in Toronto that he is capable of being more than the tip of the spear. His play-making ability, as evidenced by his seven assists, is underrated. Though not active enough to take up a wide attacking role, he could slot in behind the striking duo, pulling the strings and combining as a withdrawn attacker, contributing in the build-up with the sort of vision that set up those Giovinco goals, especially should TFC find themselves trailing.
It will not be easy to accommodate four-plus hungry strikers, providing each with the minutes they want, especially with Giovinco and Altidore all but demanding they be the first names on the team sheet.
The season, however, is long, and the luxury of giving the starters some rest should never be discounted.
To have a player of Moore's quality as an option, at the right price, is never a bad thing.