Dickov Set To Join Toronto

Dickov Set To Join Toronto

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 15, 2008
  • Paul Dickov, Summer Transfers

The transfer window is open and running right now. A couple MLS clubs are already cashing in as some transfers/signings are now official (that list will come in a bit). Another signing that is looking to be a little closer to being finalized is one up in Toronto.

According to Soccer America and another source, Toronto is close to signing forward Paul Dickov for an 18-month contact worth about $500,000. Dickov will make close to the league maximum next season and be paid about half of that for the rest of this season. His acquisition is expected to be announced today, or as soon as there is a roster slot available. The Reds waived Andrea Lombardo last week but still needs to trim a player to make room for Dickov.

Toronto as we all know seemingly owned the cards to a lot of players. They filed discovery claims on both Dickov and forward Darren Huckerby (who was later traded to San Jose) before anyone else. Mo Johnston is hoping to come out on top in both deals as well as the on-going Brian McBride saga.

Dickov adds to the attack of Danny Dichio and Jeff Cunningham along with a strong midfield of Amado Guevara in the middle; Rohan Ricketts and Laurent Robert on the wings; and Maurice Edu and Carl Robinson in the defensive midfield slots. I must say if Dickov is nearly as effective as his resume presents itself, Toronto could easily be one of the favorites out of the east this season.

There is question abut his age (35) but along with the toughness of Dichio and the speed of Cunningham, Dickov is a new element to John Carver’s attack. He’s a pesky kind of guy that knows how to find the ball. Dickov scored 97 goals in 278 league appearances for eight teams, and comes to MLS after being loaned by Manchester City to Crystal Palace and Blackpool.

What do you all think? Good signing or bad because of age? I haven’t seen Dickov play in a couple years so I want to withhold any predictions of him until I see him play here. He’s either going to be a great addition or a total waste.