Although he's not European and actually a Canadian born just outside of Toronto, Julian de Guzman was Toronto FC's first designated player signing. With too high and rather twisted expectations from Julian, he has never lived up to the demand in Toronto.
Having played in both Germany with Hannover 96 and Spain with Deportivo La Coruna, Julian was expected to command the midfield, score in bunches and lead this team to glory. Sadly, Julian fits none of these roles.
Julian has and always will be a ball-winning midfielder. He is definitely an above-average MLS player, but his yearly earnings of $1.86 million is a poor allocation of both his talents and position.
Seeing off-the-field troubles, including missing curfews, his attitude has not helped to mask his on-the-field struggles.
Julian has definitely not turned heads during his time here in Toronto, but he is the only one on this list still active with the club. Now more then ever, he has the potential to change opinions of those who have yet to be satisfied by his play.
Teaming up with Torsten Frings in the center of the park should allow Julian to focus on what he is good at: winning balls and letting other players distribute and build up play.
Whether he turns around his game or not, he is a far too expensive piece to Winter's squad for what he can provide. Ideally, Toronto will be looking to rid his DP status at the next opportunity.