What if Ola Toivonen leaves?

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The lead up to Melbourne Victory’s derby against Western United was hindered with rumours of Ola Toivonen being in talks with Swedish clubs and upcoming A-League expansion club Macarthur.

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If the Swede decides to part ways at the conclusion of the 2019/20 season, Victory loses a number of things.

They will part ways with their captain, the reigning Golden Boot recipient for the club, their leading goal scorer this season and the club’s fastest player to reach both his 10th and 20th goal.

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At a press conference the day before the derby, coach Marco Kurz remained positive about the speculations and said it would come down to a discussion with Toivonen about where he wanted to direct his future.

“We are relaxed, we are calm,” Kurz said.

“We are still in touch with Ola.

“The beginning of next week we will sit together to find out what his thoughts are about the future, and we [will] have a good discussion.”

Having a discussion does not guarantee Kurz can keep his star striker and captain at the club, especially as he is aware part of the reason for him moving would be to be back with his family.

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“He’s from overseas, it’s a long time away,” Kurz said.

“Maybe it’s the main reason, it makes sense, but we have to find out.”

Victory’s attacking front will be in serious jeopardy without Toivonen, who has this year alone accumulated five of Victory’s nine goals for the season.

Is Andrew Nabbout, Robbie Kruse and Elvis Kamsoba enough for Victory without Toivonen in the midst of the pack?

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The Football Sack recently reported following Victory’s win against Perth Glory the three players stood up when they needed to and provided assistance to Toivonen.

The three would have to prove for the remainder of the season they are capable of working together in the attacking front for both Victory fans and the club themselves to feel comfortable if Toivonen parted ways.

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Nabbout is Victory’s second leading goal scorer with only two goals. While he has been consistent in creating chances and attempting goals for 2019/20, he has also been challenged with injuries, missing three games this season so far.

If Toivonen leaves and the forward line remains with Nabbout, Kruse (whose first season back at Victory has been affected with injuries too) and Kamsoba, each week will be confronted with injury doubts and questionable performances.

Without Toivonen, Victory will have a test on their hands.

The club will have to hope for either a change in form from their players or hope during the transfer period they are able to secure a reasonable replacement, who can do half the things Toivonen has achieved at the club in a short amount of time.

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Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Tricia Mifsud
Covering Melbourne Victory during the 2019/2020 season. Bachelor of Media and Communications (Sports Journalism) at Latrobe University. Dedicated to writing articles that sports fans want to read.

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