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Footy Talks: What do Toronto FC need to look for in their next Designated Player?

The club has a big signing to make an not much time to do it.

MLS: Los Angeles FC at Toronto FC Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Ali Curtis certainly had quite the first month as Toronto FC general manager. His short time in charge has seen the club sell two of its most beloved and cornerstone players, not to mention the surprise his hiring way in the first place.

The month ahead might be even more tricky, as he tries to complete the unenviable task of replacing the best player in club history with limited time in which to do so. There are all sorts of factors he will have to consider in the signing: cost, name recognition and evidently the most important part which is the fit within the team.

The most obvious areas where the team could use a boost are in the attack. Do they go for a like-for-like replacement for Giovinco? Get a number 10 to replace Vazquez? Or even go for a wide attacker. There are a number of holes in the lineup right now that need filling.

At the same time, if you are replacing a player of Giovinco’s quality you want to make sure he comes from a similar league and pedigree. This is both for marketing, and of course the sake of the team.

What kind of boxes Toronto FC need to tick with their next Designated Player was discussed on this week’s Footy Talks podcast. This week, Mitchell Tierney was joined by Rudi Schuller of Sporting News to get some insight into Toronto FC’s recent dealings.

The pair also talked about the Sebastian Giovinco situation, whether the club made the right decision and where the team goes from here. Plus, a quick look at some CanPL and CanMNT transfer news including a new club for Liam Millar.

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