Tony Gallacher, the young Liverpool FC full-back who has looked for first-team football across the pond, discussed the difficulties of life away from home during a global pandemic in new surroundings.
The 21-year-old decided not to settle for the usual when it comes to deciding where he wanted to go on loan, stating “I was looking at League One, just hoping to play some games". However, the young Scot decided to embark on a completely different challenge and one that might have shocked many people, playing in the MLS for Toronto.
Gallacher’s primary motivation for his move to Toronto was to play first-team football and he has so far successfully managed to do that, having played a part in 464 minutes of action for the Canadian side and only conceding one goal since his debut against Columbus Crew in September.
However, the move to Canada has been met with various difficulties. On arrival Gallacher had to quarantine for 14 days. He went on to say, "I keep getting messages from family and friends asking me what Toronto is like, how is this and how is that," nevertheless the only response he could give was, "I have literally seen none of it."
The pandemic saw the Toronto outfit have many travel curtailments resulting in the whole operation being moved to Hartford in Connecticut, which allowed the club to carry out their fixtures with a lot more ease. This has meant, in turn, that the players have been living in a hotel for the past two-and-a-half months.
Gallacher added: “In terms of Toronto, I have seen none of it. I have not even been able to see the home stadium, which is ridiculous when you have been here for months, but it is what it is."
Liverpool are continuing to watch Gallacher’s progress and Julian Ward, Liverpool’s loan manager, has often requested match clips to check in on his progress. With Liverpool’s injury problems, Gallacher could be back in action with Liverpool earlier than anticipated but not before his Toronto side have a chance of silverware in the MLS Cup on December 12.
"It is difficult to see what the future holds," he said. "If I go back to Liverpool, then I could get out somewhere else in January.
“There are a lot of unanswered questions at the moment, but we could have another four games here if we go all the way, so my mind is fully focused on that. That is what is in my head, right now. Four more games and I could be lifting the trophy."
Author: Lewis Cockburn