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Toronto FC's new signing Laba from same academy as Maradona and Riquelme

Toronto FC president Kevin Payne says the club is supremely confident they have signed a player ready to make a massive impact in MLS.

The Canadian outfit secured the services of Argentine midfielder Matias Laba from Argentinos Juniors last week as a Designated Player and despite getting it wrong with other South American signings in the past, Payne is assured that this one will pay off.

"At other times when we have brought South American players into this league they have tended to be a little bit older and more established. Because Matias still has his career ahead of him, I think he will adapt very quickly," Payne said.

"The way he plays, the physical attributes he possesses, the quickness with which he plays and the intensity with which he plays, we think he will fit very well with what we are trying to do."

He added: "Argentinos Juniors, for those of you that don't know, are one of the great talent factories in the world. It is arguably the finest youth development academy in Argentina.

"I will just name a few players to give you an idea - Diego Maradona, Juan Roman Riquelme, (Fernando) Redondo, (Esteban) Cambiasso - they all began their careers as youth players at Argentinos Juniors.

"Matias had a lot of good examples to follow on his way up."

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