The January transfer window is over, there was the usual A-League round about, but we also saw new players come into the mix, and others return home. So how did your team go? Who are the ones to watch? Well let me tell you and save you the effort of your own research, so in no particular order (ok it’s alphabetical so it doesn’t hurt my brain) here are your new squad members.
Adelaide United kept everyone on the edge of their seat, waiting until the last day to sign a striker in Jordy Thomassen, will he prove to be the striker the supporters have been asking for? Absolutely no weight on his shoulders to perform and be the man we all want him to be….. He has joined us from De Graafschap in the Dutch Eredivisie. Jordy has spent his entire career in the Netherlands, although his Instagram suggests he is settling in to Adelaide café life with no problem at all. At 189cm he is bound to stand out. Jordy has been named in the squad to face Melbourne City tomorrow night, let’s hope we see some of his magic.
Brisbane didn’t do anything in January, and it’s not like they can say they have the perfect squad….With departures within the coaching staff as well, I guess they’re just trying to get through to the end of this season, and put it all behind them. Hopefully some off season recruitment will see a fresh, strong side next season.
Central Coast Mariners unveiled their new midfielder last weekend in Jem Karacan who has been given a short term contract to prove himself before potentially being offered more, we know how well that worked out for Bolt. Here’s hoping Karacan is a little more successful. Karacan wants to be “part of a winning team”, he should have done a little more research before signing. In his defence the only way Central Coast can go is up and maybe he can be the catalyst.
Melbourne City sees Jamie Maclaren return from Germany, he has signed with City until 2023! Whilst Maclaren has struggled to score goals as a Socceroo, let’s see what he can bring to the A-League, his last season here in 2017 saw him kick 20 goals. We are likely to see him this Saturday night against Adelaide. This game could be an epic battle of new strikers. Why, oh why am I not going to this game?!
Melbourne Victory managed to do a player swap with the Jeonnam Dragons, of South Korea. Victory gained James Donachie, whilst Nick Ansell went to the Dragons. Donachie looks set to make his first appearance this Sunday against Perth. Having been with Victory prior to his stint overseas, he probably has one of the easier tasks of settling in to a new (or not so new) team.
At the Newcastle Jets Merrick decided they don’t need to add anything else to their squad right now. Given their slip from grand final last year to currently sitting seventh, this may not be the right call…
Perth were also silent in January but the return of Chris Ikonomidis from Socceroos duty may be all they need to add to the end of their season, currently sitting comfortably at the top of the table.
Sydney on the other hand were quite busy during January signing four new players. However the one to watch will be Iraninan striker Reza Ghoochannejhad, but we have to wait another week to see him debut, in the mean time you can follow him on Instagram along with 1.3million other people! Let’s hope his football is a good as his social media presence.
Wellington Phoenix signed Cillian Sheridan who we have already seen make his debut for the club against Western Sydney Wanderers in a game the Wanderers would rather forget! Whilst Sheridan
didn’t score in his debut he played some excellent football and was an integral part of Wellington’s lead up to their goals. Watch out for the Nix in the finals series, they will be a phoenix to be reckoned with.
Western Sydney Wanderers one to watch is Kwame Yeboah who terminated his contract with German third-division side Fortuna Koln. Yeboah is already making an impact to the Wanderers who are struggling to find form, they score goals but they just cannot hold on to their wins. Yeboah has contributed to these goals and has the potential to become quite the threat to other teams.
So there you have the names to watch, and make sure you do because some of them may only be around until the end of the season!
By Michelle Reid