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Toronto was a mess before my arrival - Nelsen explains loan signings of Caldwell, Brockie, Ben Haim

Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen has explained the reasons for going against the club philosophy and bringing in a trio of players on loan this week.

The Reds have brought in defenders Steven Caldwell and Tal Ben Haim from Birmingham City and QPR respectively, and striker Jeremy Brockie from Wellington Phoenix, to help ease their recent run of poor form.

Former New Zealand international Nelsen says the reason he has handed short-term deals to the aforementioned trio because the Canadian club already lacked in numbers and quality when he arrived in February.

"Whenever we need hardness and experience, we just melt down and give away the easiest goals," Nelsen told

"So we need to bring in experience, plural, back there (in defence). With Jeremy, it is a case where we just don't have enough strikers. We have no options going forward and we needed to address that."

He added: "(Loan deals) aren't exactly a club philosophy. It was that we had no players when we first came to Toronto.

"When we first arrived at the club, nobody had done any scouting and the club was actually a mess. The squad was so unbalanced and the quality was low. We needed a short-term band-aid as quickly as possible. That's how we got those players."

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