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‘We’re in that phase’: Smyrniotis addresses Borges transfer talk with OneSoccer
Canadian Premier League

Video (above) courtesy OneSoccer.


The January transfer window is wide open, and with the reintroduction of the silly season, player transfers are the hot topic of discussion around the world of football for at least a few more weeks yet.

The Canadian Premier League hasn’t been immune to those debates and pontifications, either, especially as it pertains to the league’s MVP and Golden Boot winner, Tristan Borges.

The Forge FC star man was a standout in the league’s inaugural season, leading the scoring charts and spearheading the Hamiltonian outfit to a historic first-ever title in the CPL.

And, for those efforts, it seems Borges is expected to attract some attention from other outfits, too.

Speaking to OneSoccer’s Jon Conway, Oliver Platt, and Asa Rehman during Thursday evening’s broadcast of the 2020 Olympic Concacaf qualifying championship draw, guest panelist and Forge FC head coach Bobby Smyrniotis admitted that Borges is likely to command some interest from the transfer market, though he was coy in his answer, choosing not to reveal whether he has fielded any actual offers or preliminary discussions quite yet.

When asked by Conway about the likelihood of transfer talk surrounding the 21-year-old Canadian, Smyrniotis offered to OneSoccer, simply: “We’re in that phase right now.”

He continued: “Obviously when you have a good player, there’s a food chain in this sport. Until you get up to Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City – depends who you support – there’s always a way of moving up in the game.

“That’s something that we’re realistic about; that’s something that we want to see, long term, and we’re going to see in this league. Tristan Borges is one of those players (who) fits that bill.”