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Gilberto implores Toronto to bring in top quality playmaker

Toronto FC striker Gilberto wants the club to sign a quality number 10 for next season.

The 24-year old Brazilian joined the Reds as a Designated Player from Internacional at the beginning of 2014 but struggled with just seven goals in 28 appearances.

Gilberto admits his debut MLS campaign did not quite go to plan but he suggests that with a top-quality playmaker, TFC will be able to make plenty of positive inroads in 2015.

"We have a strong team, but we are missing a true No. 10 there," said Gilberto.

"When I did drop in, I was able to provide a lot of passes and assists to Jackson, to [Jermain] Defoe and to [Luke] Moore. But it's not my true position.

"Next year, I'm hoping that I can play more of a fixed role in a No. 9 position, play my game, my style of game and do my job and score the goals I need to score."

Gilberto also insisted that he is also planning to lift his scoring output after failing to reach the heights that were promised after he signed.

"I want to score a lot of goals, obviously. I didn't hit my goal this year but next year, I'm going to be more prepared. I understand the league," he added.

"Look, we're going to have difficulties next year as well, but we're better prepared to handle those challenges we'll face as a team. I'm ready to score goals next year."

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