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If Google Translate is translating accurately, looking like he has signed for FC Montreal for the 2016 USL season? If so, that's fantastic stuff.

http://www.impactmontreal.com/fr/news/2015/11/le-fc-montreal-sentend-avec-ballou-jean-yves-tabla

According to the article he has 14 caps with the Canadian U-17 and U-20 programs to date.

The article is also in english on their site.

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It's frustrating that FC Montreal never specify whether or not a player has signed an amateur or professional agreement with FC Montreal, which is a real indicator of how the club sees that player. Regardless, for Tabla to get called to this team at 16 is pretty amazing, he's clearly the best prospect in Montreal's system right now.

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Tabla is a really, really good player. The things he does on the field, are very rare for a Canadian. He is technically brilliant and offensively dynamic. He was the best player on the pitch as an underager for the Impact u18 team this season.

Hell the game plan for our u17 team in WCQ seemed to be just kick it to Tabla when they were out of ideas.

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Tabla is a really, really good player. The things he does on the field, are very rare for a Canadian. He is technically brilliant and offensively dynamic. He was the best player on the pitch as an underager for the Impact u18 team this season.

Hell the game plan for our u17 team in WCQ seemed to be just kick it to Tabla when they were out of ideas.

Despite the team failing overall Tabla and Borges really stood out for me.  

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Contrast the playing environment for an elite 17 year old Canadian soccer player 15 years ago to today.

2000 - play with community club, maybe move up to senior men's team. Try to secure university scholorship.

2016 - A world of difference.

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25 minutes ago, Soccerpro said:

Contrast the playing environment for an elite 17 year old Canadian soccer player 15 years ago to today.

2000 - play with community club, maybe move up to senior men's team. Try to secure university scholorship.

2016 - A world of difference.

In 2000 a teenage kid could have been playing in Europe before the transfer of minors ruling was implemented.

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2 hours ago, jpg75 said:

In 2000 a teenage kid could have been playing in Europe before the transfer of minors ruling was implemented.

That's true. But we're still talking about a very, very small number of players. A very small proportion compared to 3 MLS academies' numbers. (And Nasl academies. Having observed FC Exmonton academy training before, it's real high quality)

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Should definitely be called up to the national team. He deserves it because he's very talented and it also immediately cap-ties him for the future. Why keep calling Ricketts when you have this guy? 

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11 hours ago, SCF08 said:

Should definitely be called up to the national team. He deserves it because he's very talented and it also immediately cap-ties him for the future. Why keep calling Ricketts when you have this guy? 

It won't be long till he surpasses Ricketts but at the moment Tos is faster/stronger.  

Expect to see Tabla away to Guyana.. could be a great first test.

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10 hours ago, Keegan said:

It won't be long till he surpasses Ricketts but at the moment Tos is faster/stronger.  

Expect to see Tabla away to Guyana.. could be a great first test.

Tos is faster/stronger?

Even if they were true, they are absolute non-arguments. What's the point in being faster and stronger if you have the touch of a rapist, no vision and no general ability whatsoever. Tabla is a lot more secure on the ball and sees things a lot earlier than Ricketts which makes him 20 times faster than Ricketts even though he might win a 100m head to head sprint. 

Tabla oozes quality for someone his age. He's got a very good touch, he's got intelligence going forward and he's miles and miles ahead of Ricketts at this age already.

The fastest way to lose a big talent like Tabla to the Ivory Coast is not giving him the confidence and instead play a headless chicken like Ricketts. 

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2 hours ago, SCF08 said:

The fastest way to lose a big talent like Tabla to the Ivory Coast is not giving him the confidence and instead play a headless chicken like Ricketts. 

Actually, the fastest way to lose a big talent like Tabla is calling him to the senior team when he hasn't earned it and he could just say no because he'll believe that the Ivory Coast dream is real. 

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4 hours ago, Blackdude said:

Actually, the fastest way to lose a big talent like Tabla is calling him to the senior team when he hasn't earned it and he could just say no because he'll believe that the Ivory Coast dream is real. 

The fastest way to lose him is calling him when he hasn't earned it?

If he gets called and accepts (you're right in saying that he could turn it down but at least the CSA would know it at am early age) and gets playing time he'll be Canadas forever. Why hasn't he earned a call-up? Name me a good reason? He's head and shoulders above Ricketts and he's a regular starter so why shouldn't he be in for at least on the bench? 

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1 hour ago, SCF08 said:

Why hasn't he earned a call-up? Name me a good reason?

Kid has played 1 professional game. ONE. 

I do agree on a tactical level that he should be capped ASAP. But to say he's earned it after 1 game in USL...

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I don't see any point of calling him up to Senior team unless it's a cynical cap-tieing exercise. He's played in one professional game. Clearly he has a lot of talent but let's see how he has developed after another 1 or 2 seasons in the USL.

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5 hours ago, SCF08 said:

 He's head and shoulders above Ricketts and he's a regular starter so why shouldn't he be in for at least on the bench? 

You're being silly.  Stop it.

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5 hours ago, SCF08 said:

The fastest way to lose him is calling him when he hasn't earned it?

If he gets called and accepts (you're right in saying that he could turn it down but at least the CSA would know it at am early age) and gets playing time he'll be Canadas forever. Why hasn't he earned a call-up? Name me a good reason? He's head and shoulders above Ricketts and he's a regular starter so why shouldn't he be in for at least on the bench? 

You're saying that he accepts it, but what about the pressure that you're putting on a 17 year old kid who might have a dream and could say no? It's a pressure call to tell him that he has to make his international future known now. That's the part that you don't get. We captied a 19 year old dual national in a WCQ 4 years ago. You know how many times he has played for Canada since? one friendly sub appearance. I'm not defending that said player, but if that player wasn't captied 4 years ago, would he have played more for Canada? I'd say yes. Now it's a case by case, because every player is different, but that's something you can't denied. 

Also, how much have you seen of him? He looked good against TFCII. Tosaint Ricketts would look better against TFCII. Also since when is he a regular starter when he's has one career pro start? Let him gain more starts and see where he is, but a lot of kids have looked good at this age and disappeared. He could be special, but the world is could. He's not better than Ricketts right now. He needs to learn and show what he can do in USL and if he does well there and with the youth national team, he can position himself for a call-up.  If he was heads and shoulders above Ricketts, how come he was disappointing at the U17 WCQ? 

I don't even know why people are worrying oh we could lose (Player X) to (Country Y) Captie him! 

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13 hours ago, SCF08 said:

Tos is faster/stronger?

Even if they were true, they are absolute non-arguments. What's the point in being faster and stronger if you have the touch of a rapist, no vision and no general ability whatsoever. Tabla is a lot more secure on the ball and sees things a lot earlier than Ricketts which makes him 20 times faster than Ricketts even though he might win a 100m head to head sprint. 

Tabla oozes quality for someone his age. He's got a very good touch, he's got intelligence going forward and he's miles and miles ahead of Ricketts at this age already.

The fastest way to lose a big talent like Tabla to the Ivory Coast is not giving him the confidence and instead play a headless chicken like Ricketts. 

Of course he's faster and stronger, he's a grown man who will be 29 this year and has built a football career off his physical attributes.  Tabla will be 17 this year and is probably the best young Canadian talent I've ever seen but it needs to be put in perspective.  If Tabla was truly miles and miles ahead of Ricketts already he would have an MLS contract.  The kid is phenomenal but Ricketts looks great too when he comes home to train with FC Edmonton.  Anyone can look good below their level. 

Tabla is more secure on the ball and that makes him 20x faster?  Because Ricketts was poor against Mexico and Tabla was good against TFC II?  Two slightly different levels to compare.  I'd like to see how secure Tabla is on the ball at a decent to good level before making that statement.

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