Sat 08 Oct 2016, 07:50pm
Western Sydney Wanderers FC V Sydney FC
Sat 15 Oct 2016, 05:35pm
Sydney FC V Central Coast Mariners
Sun 23 Oct 2016, 05:00pm
Wellington Phoenix V Sydney FC
The main error, made by Sydney FC twelve months ago, was not re-signing Marc Janko or bringing on board another striker who was good for fifteen goals a season.
There were others, however - the squad was short on leaders while retaining both Mikael Tavares and Milos Dimitrijevic meant one visa midfielder too many, restricting Arnie’s options in other areas of the pitch. Meanwhile, allowing Alex Gersbach to leave mid-season left a gaping hole and Jacques Faty proved a disaster at centreback.
The latter two problems appear to have been rectified. The signings of Michael Zullo and Alex Wilkinson should have the roles of leftback and backline-leading central defender taken care of, though question marks remain around Zullo’s fitness. With Seb Ryall and Rhyan Grant fighting it out for the rightback spot and Aaron Calver offering backup, Sydney still need a reserve left-sided and central defender.
Written by Michael Safro (@Safrossydney)
After years of stagnation, 2014/15 was a breath of fresh air.
The Sky Blues thrilled their fans and only the team’s occasional naivety cost it the premiership. The fans moved on from the club’s Grand Final defeat, looking to go one better in 2015/16. Instead, what transpired in the A-League was an unmitigated disaster.