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Toronto FC 2015 Top 30 Countdown: #18 Ahmed Kantari

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Toronto's summer defensive signing makes his debut on the Top 30 Countdown at the 18th spot.

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Ahmed Kantari was acquired a few weeks before the transfer window closed on August 8 from recently relegated and now Ligue 2 side RC Lens. He was brought in to be an important piece in the back four but never really settled in. Although it is unfair to judge a defender based off of 11 starts coming into a new team with a different system and various CB partnerships, the early results were not positive.

Average Rating: 18.1

Highest Rating: 15

Lowest Rating: 24

The table below looks at some key categories in (again) a small sample size:

Per 90 Stats Total Score Tackles Won/Lost Aerial Duels Won/% Fouls Blocks
Ahmed Kantari 6.07 2.16/1.13 1.50/55% 1.6 0.56

These stats are not the full story for any defender. These can, at times, be influenced greatly by the players beside and in front of you. However, the only area above that stands out is his tackling. Tackles can be misleading. Often viewed as a sign of defensive prowess it can also be looked at as a result of being defensively inept and out of position.

Even the great Sir Alex Ferguson was once thrown off by this. While believing he was ahead of the game by using a statistic such as tackles completed, he thought he was selling high on Dutch defender Jaap Stam when he returned from injury and his number of tackles dramatically declined. He later admitted that as one of his great regrets. Stam wasn't tackling less because he was declining in overall defensive abilities. His mobility had been affected by injury, and he had to play smarter. He became better positioned and made fewer mistakes as his athleticism faded. Stam went on to play several more years at a high level.

Aside from the stats most Toronto FC fans would have no problem letting Kantari go. He did little to provide any stability or solidarity in the team. At $345,000 guaranteed he has to be seen as a player surely on his way out - which is something that has been talked about at great length with the costly arrivals of Drew Moor, Will Johnson and Steven Beitashour.