Tuesday, February 16, 2010

2/16/2010: Shorty, yeah, yeah, yeah..

Someone shorter than most grandmas may be joining TFC (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe).

Apparently, Mo Johnston is going to try to solve TFC's scoring woes by replacing one over the hill, tourist of all English leagues with another. As TFC is trialing 5'5, 37 year old Paul Dickov, who has about four goals in the last two years and was recently bypassed by League One side Leeds United. Being turned down by Leeds makes Dickov likely worth less than former Duke University and current Leeds United player Mike Grella. Therefore, when Dickov can't make it on that team, chances are he isn't the salvating striking option he once was in 2006.

Further, in comparison to TFC's laughable 15 trialists a year system, I'm glad that the Crew at least went out right away and signed a 28 year old striker in Herrera compared to going after a 37 year old one; as I don't think signing 37 year old strikers, not used to playing in hot weather- such as a game in July at FC Dallas, are going to cut it in MLS. Plus, it's only about a one year solution for TFC, if Dickov can still find a net.

Dickov did have a solid resume from 1996 to 2006; but it is unlikely shorty will have the legs for the hot summer months. Further, since 2006, Dickov has a combined 2 goals in 60 appearances for Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Leiceister City, and Derby County. Dickov's only good spell was with Blackpool in 2008 where he scored 6 goals in 11 games.

But, at least TFC trialist Paul Dickov made it into camp compared to the oft-injured Portuguese wash up Jorge Andrade, who decided not to even show up for a scheduled trial for that pequeno club from the North. As the third division of Portugal was a bigger draw for Andrade.


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