Laurent Robert came to Toronto with an excellent resume, but wasn't able to live up to his reputation. ((Aaron Harris/Canadian Press) )

Toronto FC announced Tuesday that they have waived French midfielder Laurent Robert.

The 33 year old joined the Major League Soccer club on April 2, 2008, signing as a free agent after being released by Derby County of the English Premiership.

Since then, he has scored one goal in 17 games — 16 as a starter — for Toronto.

Before coming to MLS, Robert was best remembered for his successful stint with Newcastle United where he scored 32 goals in 181 games in all competitions for the English club from 2001-2006.

It was at Newcastle that Robert played under current Toronto FC head coach John Carver, and won plaudits for his quickness, powerful shot and ability to score from free kicks.

Aside from Newcastle, Robert has also played in Spain (with Levante), Portugal (Benfica) and his native France (Montpellier and Paris Saint Germain).

But he failed to make a lasting impression in Toronto thanks to a series of uneven and uninspired performances.