Toronto FC: Everything you need to know about Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty

Toronto FC, Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty (15). Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Toronto FC, Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty (15). Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

Here’s a breakdown of Toronto FC’s young star in the making, Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty

You know Trent Alexander-Arnold and Callum Hudson-Odoi, now it’s time to add another hyphenated name to your vocab; Toronto FC’s Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty.

Born June 16th, 2005, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, the 16-year old has already begun to establish a name for himself by breaking several records. He became Toronto’s youngest homegrown player to sign, their youngest player to sign a first-team contract and make their first-team debut.

Now, the right winger is taking his record-breaking exploits to the international stage. He recently broke compatriot and former Vancouver Whitecap Alphonso Davies record for the youngest Canadian senior team call up, eclipsing the now-Bayern Munich stars record by ten days.

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With his debut behind him and a striking opportunity for a nickname like Ja Rutt, the Canadian will look to force himself into a bigger role for the Reds.

The Goods

What immediately stands out while watching Marshall-Rutty are his technical skills. Even at 15, he possessed a beautiful first touch that elegantly settles the ball. That is not the only advanced skill he has for a teenager.

His dribbling and passing allow him to work as a main creative outlet in midfield, whether that’s streaking down the flank where the Brampton-native is adept at sending in crosses.

If his side becomes crowded, Marshall-Rutty can use his right foot to cut centrally to look for a pass or shot.

Off the ball, the forward is active, creating space for teammates and himself. This was on full display late during his debut when his run led him into a scoring position before shooting a volley on target that was ultimately saved.

There’s also much to like about the 16-year old mentality too. As former Head Coach Greg Vaney stated in an article written by Michael Singh of Waking The Red:

"“He already has a foundation of kind of respect for the game,” said Vanney. “Respect for the team, trying to play, mak(ing) the right plays at the right times, not making the game about him but making it about the team.”"

Following his professional cameo, it’s clear to see that statement in his game. It’s also worth mentioning the calmness he displayed during his debut. Looking unfazed by the moment and steadfast in his performance.

The (Not so) Goods

At only 16, there is much room to grow—both mentally and physically. Currently standing at 5’9, the academy product has grown two inches since signing with Toronto II in 2018. Despite that growth, his weight has remained listed around 140 lbs. and as low as 134 lbs. As he matures, it is reasonable to expect his wiry frame to fill out and improve his physicality.

The teenager also tends to rely heavily on his right foot. Continuing to develop his weak foot will go a long way in making the winger a more rounded player. With just an admirable 18-minutes of first-team action, only time will tell if the precocious talent can maintain his focus over extended periods with the men.

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Looking Ahead

It’s hard not to imagine Marhsall-Ruty following in the footsteps of fellow MLS exports such as Alphonso Davies, Tyler Adams, and more into the Bundesliga. With Germany being amongst the countries with the laxest rules regarding work permits, Bundesliga will continue to be a breeding ground for North American talent. At just 16, Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty projects not only to lace up in a “Top Five” league but for a club competing in the Champions League as well.