Toronto FC's Laba a nice to have, but how much can he help?

Portugal's Nelson Oliveira (L) battles Argentina's German Pezzella and Matias Laba (7) in their...

Portugal's Nelson Oliveira (L) battles Argentina's German Pezzella and Matias Laba (7) in their FIFA U-20 World Cup quarterfinal soccer match in Cartagena, August 13, 2011. (REUTERS)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

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Matias Laba seems more like a "nice to have" at this point than a remedy to fix what's ailing Toronto FC, a club that's hit a disappointing early-season skid after making strides.

Signed last week, Laba, TFC's newest Designated Player, is by all accounts one of the best at what he does -- recovering balls in the middle third before initiating an attack.

Based on tape, the 21-year-old Argentine appears a work horse and a hard-as-nails defenders, a destroyer in midfield.


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