Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen has indicated that Richard Eckersley’s time at the club could soon be over.
The Englishman demands a fairly hefty chunk of TFC’s salary but Nelsen does not believe a left-back such as Eckersley should be getting paid so much money.
“If you are on big salaries and maximum salaries in this league and above max salaries, you’ve got to be smart and in proportion with certain contracts,” Nelsen told reporters.
“This is not anything to do with Richard because he is a fantastic player and a really good player in this league.
“If you had Dani Alves, Glenn Johnson or Ashley Cole and you could put them on a $500,000, $600,000 or $700,000 contract here, you wouldn’t do it,” Nelsen added.
“It makes absolutely no sense to put a left or right back on that amount of money because it destroys your salary cap.”
Nelsen, who took the reins at TFC at the start of the 2013 season, added further: “It is not the player’s fault that they are on these types of contracts. But you have to balance you salary cap in proportion to where you want to have the most money on the field and where it can have the most amount of impact.
“And that is where I kind of feel really bad for Richard. He is kind of in that situation where his agent did a really good job for him and probably too good of a job.”