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2019/2020

Western Sydney Wanderers

In


Daniel Lopar (gk) St. Gallen; Dylan McGowan (def) Vendsyssel; Matthew Jurman (def) Ittihad; Pirmin Schwegler (mid) Hannover 96; Radoslaw Majewski (mid) free agent; Alexander Meier (att) free agent; Nick Sullivan (mid) Cova Piedale;

Out


Brendan Hamill (r) (def) Western United; Joshua Risdon (r) (def) Western United; Alexander Baumjohann (k) (mid) Sydney FC; Roly Bonevacia (r) (mid) Faisaly; Oriol Riera (r) (att) Fuenlabrada; Raul Llorente (sp) (def) released; Rashid Mahazi (sp) (mid) Incheon; Nicholas Fitzgerald (sp) (mid) Newcastle Jets; Jaushua Sotirio (sp) (att) Wellington Phoenix; Abraham Majok (sp) (att) Central Coast Mariners; Mark Bridge (sp) (att) end of career;

Wanderers had disappointing last campaign that saw coach Babbel needing time to adjust to the demands and technicalities of the A-League. Also the team was abandoned by luck in terms of injuries last term. All-in-all Babbel didn’t do very well and this made it easy for him to undertake major restructuring of the team in the summer. As many as 5 regulars and similar amount of supporting players left, but some quality new signings were made and Wanderers look really strong on paper. To address the defensive issues Babbel brought in new goalkeeper, 2 new centre-backs and versatile full-back Georgievsky that can play equally well on both flanks. When one adds to that the fact that marquee player Ziegler stayed and is ready for use after missing the entire last season injured Wanderers are bound to improve defensively. Up front things also look exciting with the signing of the 36-year-old goal machine Alexander Meier. Despite his age the prolific striker remains fierce force in front of goal and with willing runners like Duke, Kamau and Yeboah around him the front line also looks formidable. To add to all that Schwegler comes with rich Bundesliga experience to his name and is set to provide anchor role, while after 2 years of struggles in China the ex-Sydney FC superstar Majewski returns to the A-League and if he reaches the same efficiency as during his first spell in Australia Wanderers would be almost unstoppable.

Target


Wanderers have very high ambitions for the season ahead and return to the Grand Final is not out of the question. Could this be the season to bring the first ever A-League title?

Season Review
2018/2019

№8: Western Sydney Wanderers

Wanderers struggled for identity under new coach Markus Babbel all season and with consistency never found they logically missed out on the play-offs. The start was okay, 2 wins and 2 draws in the opening 7 rounds, but with just 2 points collected in 10 games between rounds 8 and 17 Red and Blacks lost all hope of finishing in the top 6 even before January was over. The main issues throughout the campaign were in defence with the team conceding 2 goals or more in 18 of the 27 rounds. Without a doubt excuse for that was the bad luck with injuries for German centre-back Ziegler, who was bought to be the new pillar of the back line but poor health allowed him to play in just 6 rounds. With the main right-back Risdon also missing more than half of the campaign injured, Wanderers were really out of luck and for many months 2 19-year-old players had to play far more than they or their coach expected them to. Going forward things were not too bad, with Bonevacia having very solid season, Riera again scoring 10+ goals and also the winter arrivals of Yeboah and Duke boosted the threat in attack even more. With their new stadium still under construction Wanderers struggled for identity at home as they had to move to 4-5 different venues for their games and this explains why their home record was so poor.


Player of the Season: Roly Bonevacia

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