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Toronto FC have lofty expectations of young gun Laba

Toronto FC coaches have high expectations of 21-year old midfielder Matias Laba.

The Argentine is becoming a very important player at TFC following his young Designated Player move in April and head coach Ryan Nelsen is expecting him to have even more of an impact as he continues to adapt to MLS.

"Matias is naturally a very good reader of the game and he steps up extremely well and flows on with his pressure," Nelsen said after Laba scored his first MLS goal in the 1-0 win over New England Revolution on the weekend.

"He is relentless and when he pressures that hard it is very difficult for the opposition to keep the ball. You have to be a very special player to be able to handle his type of pressure."

TFC assistant Jim Brennan added: "You haven't seen the best of Laba yet. It is always hard when you come to a new country and you don't speak the language.

"You are also trying to settle in with a new team and to find your feet in a new formation. The way he has handled himself so far has been great to see. I think eventually Laba will be one of the top players in this league."

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