Our legendary former captain coached the Japanese international during his time in the J-League at Shimizu S-Pulse and was a key point of call for Glenn Hoddle before we signed 'Kazu' on a 12-month loan.
So who better than Steve to talk us through the make up of one of Japan's World Cup heroes?
Here's what he makes of 'Kazu'. "He's a defensive midfield player, someone who can win it and use it," said Steve.
"He's got two very good feet. In the time he spent early days with myself and Ossie he was a back three or back four defender.
"In centre midfield he is more than pacy enough, plays the game very simply, plays the first pass he sees but he can play the change of play ball or the crossfield ball and he's got good power in his feet and can score goals from distance.
"He's big enough and aggressive enough to do good things in both boxes from free-kicks and corners.
"Basically he's a very good mentality player. He's strong, he's solid and he doesn't get too high or low with wins or losses, he keeps going and he's a good player, good at the level he's played.
"He played all the World Cup games for Japan. The Japanese manager said he was the first name on his team sheet and I can understand that because he's a consistent player.
"He's not a poke you in the eye ability man, so he's not the one that disappoints you. He keeps going and produces what he's got five, six times out of seven or eight. He's a consistent performer and a good player."
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Steve Perryman has described Kazuyuki Toda as a consistent performer who will very rarely let the team down.