The squad is a bit bare, with the youth squad containing exactly 2 players!
The main man in this team is the Japanese marquee man Shinji Ono. He’s the glue that will hold this rag tag midfield together if we want to end up off the bottom of the table
He will be ulitied mainly as a MC, but he can push forward as an AMC which is always nice.
The best young player in my team is Aaron Mooy. A home-grown future star, if developed right, he will be taking over from Ono as the team's central force.
For now I’m going to play him at AMC, because hes bound to thrive with Shinji behind him.
The last player worth mentioning in this squad is nice Dutch import named Hersi.
A tidy little winger, he tirelessly runs up and down the right hand side of the pitch, creating some good width and pressure off Ono and Mooy in the middle.
The rest of the squad can be viewed here:
Note: some transferred players already appear on here, sorry didn’t get the screen shot in time.
With a small squad, it wasn’t likely for me to cut any players, and no one has wages in excess of their ability, except maybe Mark Bridge, so I was only looking to bring players in to add to my squad.
Firstly, I picked up Jason Culina on a free transfer. This Australian legend, who, despite getting on in years, can really add some depth in the midfield and a second play making option.
Then I picked up Adam Sarota, an Australian playing for Utrecht in the Netherlands. They really wanted to get rid of him, so I got him for the bargain price of $1500AUD (minimum price). He’s going to play as a AML for me, so I started training him for it straight away.
This guy is going to tear up the A-League, and for a bargain wage, so my Australian Marquee spot is still available…
…for this guy.
Joel Griffiths tore up the A-League with Newcastle back in the day, before going to join Shenhua. But with the arrival of Drogba, they had to offload someone, and luckily I pounced on him as my Australian marquee man.
Due to my large number of centre mids and attacking mids, I have decided to employ a 4-3-3 with an AMC (or a 4-2-3-1 to some)
A pretty successful preseason. Mainly against state league teams, absolute minnows, but a win against A-League heavyweights the Mariners, and a solid draw to Sydney FC. The only negative was the loss to Bankstown, but I put that down to the team still learning the formation and tactics. Solid defence was also a surprise due to the attacking nature of the tactic, but a pleasant surprise.
Disaster! Marquee superstar Shinji Ono out for two months.
Luckily this was early in the preseason so he only misses the first game of the season, but still, not the start I wanted with this team.
Also, Wanderers establish a link with Sydney United
A new feeder team, and one of the few with 20 youth recruitment in Australia. Bonus, especially considering that we have next to no youth facilities at all, and no money to upgrade them.
On to the start of the season! Excitement is in the air. How do the bookies see my chances this year?
Ouch! By this, it looks like it will be a long season.