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Player of the round: Gabriel Torje has every reason to hope for a move abroad

August 5, 2010 1 comment

Gabriel Torje looks ready to go

Name: Gabriel Torje
Position: right winger
Born: 1989
Height/Weight: 167 cm/64 kg
Club: Dinamo Bucharest

With Lazio still trying to reach an agreement with Dinamo, Gabriel Torje has every reason to give his best on pitch and convince the Italian club to dig deeper in its pockets. His first performances in Liga I were solid and, in the second round, he was one of the top performers in the highy entertaining 5-3 win against Sportul Studentesc. The little winger’s raids produced the free kick and the penalty kick that offered Dinamo a perfect first half and he made it 3-0 right after the break with an excellent sprint behind the opposition’s defense, a cool move past the rushing keeper and an angled finish. Torje was unstoppable, showing a combination of pace and skill that proved too much for his direct opponent, often left with the choice you cannot make twice in the same game: a desperate foul. Hard working, creative and with a bigger range of movement – got more freedom from Andone and he seems to enjoy it – Torje definitely looks on top of his game, with a growing level of confidence and the once lost appetite to impress.

Lazio wants Romania’s U21 captain, Gabriel Torje

July 17, 2010 2 comments

According to gsp.ro, “i biancocelesti” asked for Cristiano Bergodi’s opinion on Dinamo’s winger, who doesn’t have an attracting asking price, given the fact that the Red Dogs bought only 50% of the player’s rights from Timisoara, for almost 2 million Euros! So, talks are expected to start from 4 million Euros, the two clubs having a precedent in “the Stefan Radu case”, the defender bought by Lazio for 5,4 million Euros, after a one year long loan deal. Of course, Dinamo was wrong to pay so much at that time, a mistake done recently by Steaua, as well, who bought Cristian Tanase’s 50% for 1,8 million Euros, from a second division club!

Torje looked indeed very promising a few years ago, when he got so much credit from Gheorghe Hagi (too underrated as a coach!), playing on a regular basis as an 18 years old for Timisoara, but since his move to Bucharest, his impressive development rate slowed down. Still, he’s the captain of the U21, could earn very soon his first caps for the seniors,  but he still needs to become even better in terms of technique & tactical knowledge, to make up for his very small size and be able to play with the big boys. Right now, he’s not worth more than the 2 millions paid by Dinamo, of course, if the buying club expects to make a profit in two or three years time…

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