For famed but disappointing Major League Soccer club of Toronto, Aron Winter may finally be the solution to what has ailed the fledgling football club since its inception in 2007.
Aron Winter, along with Dutch assistant Bob de Klerk and Englishman Paul Mariner were brought in to revamp and oversee the re-branding of Toronto football. So far, it is too early to tell if whether Toronto will live up to the expectations that the club supporters and ownership alike have set.
One thing is for sure: Aron Winter and Bob de Klerk represent a long-term vision of Toronto FC. A vision of which the Dutch brand of football (i.e. Total Football) will serve as a cornerstone in the way the culture, style of play, and youth development will be implemented under this new European management.
Supporters of Toronto are so far cautiously optimistic, but they have a good reason to be in that light since the club has underperformed in all their seasons. Two years ago the club missed out on the playoffs by just one point, thanks to the humiliating loss to the New York Red Bulls, who were the last place team in the league during that season.
Nobody wants to remember that, and so Toronto enters the 2011 season with a clean slate. The recent pickup of young players from both the Super Draft and Supplementary Draft should come a good omen for the club. The players who were drafted are said to have excellent potential, a piece of good news that Toronto fans have longed to hear for sometime.
Total Football may sound nice to the average football ear, but for Toronto to implement it is a totally different matter. Players who are currently employed by the club will have to gel and mold into the attacking style of play that coach Winter wants to implement.
Hopefully supporters would get an early preview of the newly reconstructed club when Toronto plays against Partizan Belgrade in February. Partizan are a high-level club, a good way for Toronto to test its new team.
Players such as Julian de Guzman, Nathan Attakora, Dwayne De Rosario, and Stefan Frei will have to step up to the plate and play as the spokesmen of this Toronto squad.
Out of the four, de Guzman would have to improve the most on last season, but according to the player, his healing process from the injury that he played with is going well enough for him to be able by the start of the training camp