Less than six months after acquiring Carlos Salcedo, Toronto FC is reportedly now attempting to ship out the Mexican international defender.
Lorenzo Insigne’s debut for Toronto FC has been a long time coming. However, just as one designated player prepares to pull on the red jersey for the first time in competitive action, another one might be headed for the exit door.
According to Kristian Dyer of Pro Soccer Wire, TFC is attempting to move Carlos Salcedo. If true, this is a significant fall from grace for a player who was only signed at the end of January this year.
At the time, there was plenty of optimism surrounding Salcedo. Tough, comfortable on the ball and strong in the air, he was expected to strengthen a defence which allowed the second-most goals in MLS last season.
However, it’s fair to conclude the Mexican international has yet to impress or help the club. Following the weekend’s MLS action there is a sense of deja vu, with TFC to this point having conceded the second-most goals in regular season play.
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Of the 18 regular season games in 2022, Salcedo has appeared in 13 — all starts — and twice been substituted. He has also played twice in Canadian Championship contests.
It is worth noting the Toronto Sun‘s Steve Buffery spoke to a club source about the matter. The source denied the report of wanting to move the defender, claiming he is still in good standing at TFC.
In addition, head coach Bob Bradley discussed Salcedo following Saturday’s 2-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders. As noted by Buffery, Bradley said the 28-year-old is currently going through some personal family issues, which the club is working with him on.
In this respect, it could explain Salcedo’s erratic performances so far this season. After competing regularly at the international level and in Liga MX, as well as loan spells in Seria A and Bundesliga, this would allude to his loss of form being temporary rather than something more concerning.
In any event, it will be interesting to see how Salcedo performs in the coming weeks. Otherwise, the speculation about his future will only become more prevalent.
What is your take on how Salcedo has performed so far this season for Toronto FC? Do you agree with the apparent attempts to move the defender, or would you give him more time to prove himself? Let us know in the comments section below.