The transfer is official! TFC announced today that they've acquired Nicolas Benezet from French Ligue 2 side EA Guingamp on loan, with an option to buy.
The 5’5 winger has been brought in using Targeted Allocation Money, the third such player for TFC this transfer window (following Omar Gonzalez and Erickson Gallardo).
Check below for more on Benezet, who could be a huge add for TFC on the wing at 28 years old.
Today, the 28-year-old took to Twitter to tweet “Toronto FC, see you tomorrow bro” appearing to confirm that those talks have progressed significantly. He would be the club’s second TAM signing of the window, after Venezuelan winger Erickson Gallardo was announced earlier in the month.
Benezet’s Ligue 1 outfit this past season, Guingamp, were relegated to Ligue 2. He has spent the last six seasons playing in the french top tier. He was also a French youth international.
He would appear to be a nice fit for Toronto, as by all accounts he can play a variety of different positions across the attacking part of midfield. That includes out wide, which could make him incredible valuable to the fluid system that Greg Vanney likes to play.
Toronto has been a club who are often able to keep possession well this season, but at times have struggled to break down opponents in the final third. Benezet’s body of work suggests he could help in that regard.
Ali Curtis has made it clear throughout this window that he expected to make multiple TAM signings as well as possibly promoting some players from Toronto FC II.
Waking the Red will continue to follow the situation as it progresses.