Former Arsenal and Tottenham target Sebastian Giovinco making excellent first impression in MLS

Sebastian Giovinco

The Toronto FC forward made an impressive debut last weekend and has been wowing his teammates with his skills in training.

Italy international Sebastian Giovinco got his first taste of MLS action in Toronto FC’s 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps last weekend, and his performance left his teammates more than impressed.

Hailed as one of the league’s biggest-ever signings, Giovinco made the shock decision to leave Juventus for Toronto earlier this winter, shunning reported interest form the likes of Arsenal, Monaco and Tottenham Hotspur, per Tuttosport.

Having entered the final six months of his contract, the original plan was for him to join TFC at the end of the Serie A season but, after negotiations between the two sides, the diminutive forward arrived in time for the start of the 2015 campaign.

It certainly didn’t take long for him to make an impression either, as an exquisite assist for Jozy Altidore’s goal in the season opening win over their Canadian rivals stood out as a clear sign of things to come.

Those kinds of passes have become a common sight in Toronto training in recent weeks, and various members of the squad are now excited to see what else the former Juve star can offer moving forward.

“Giovinco comes in with a smile every day,” club captain Michael Bradley told MLSsoccer.com. “He’s enjoying every part of this new experience and everything that entails. People forget, for a guy like Seba, he’s played his entire career in Italy. He’s soaking all of this in. He’s come in with no preconceived notions of what something should be like.

Centre-back Steven Caldwell echoed those sentiments, declaring: “When we are playing well, we’re going to be getting the ball to him more often than not to cause damage.”

Added fellow offseason addition Altidore: “How he fits into the team is more important than how he fits with one guy. We saw in Vancouver, he connects well with everybody.”

Giovinco, 28, made 131 total appearances for Juventus following his first-team debut in September 2008, recording 20 goals and 23 assists, while winning back-to-back Serie A titles over the past two seasons.

Once considered as a future star of the national team, the “atomic ant” had fallen out of favour with the Bianconeri this term, however, making just three starts in seven league appearances for a total of 191 minutes.

Nevertheless, few doubt his game-changing abilities when on form, and he should get another chance to showcase those this weekend when TFC travel to the Columbus Crew.

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