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54 minutes ago, Sithslayer1991 said:

I wouldn't be surprised if the owners themselves are authorising it to cut costs.

That's what I'd be leaning towards, most other clubs don't seem to be taking the same path in their signings

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4 hours ago, pseudonym said:

New Kids on the (Red & Black) Bloc

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:P

"You got it". I hope the youngsters have "the right stuff".

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20 hours ago, MartinTyler said:

Yeboah's probably in the same bracket....if he doesn't improve this season he'll be on his bike 

Yeboah is like footballs version of Benjamin Button but instead of age it’s talent. He was unreal at Brisbane and was a very exciting signing when he came back to the aleague but has just progressively gotten worse. It’s like he’s forgotten how to play watching him at times last season. Very odd

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Hey peeps, 

Our old friend Gol Gol Mebrahtu is eying a return back to the A League.

Would we welcome him back to the fold?

https://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/mebrahtu-eyes-a-league-return-after-lethal-edge-honed-in-europe

Back in Australia after spending more than four years playing abroad, Golgol Mebrahtu has set his sights on a return to the A-League – declaring that he’s hungry to contribute to a “winning culture”.

 

Mebrahtu has been a free agent since leaving Hungarian side Puskas Akademia following the 2019-20 season - a campaign in which the Hungarian side recorded their best-ever Nemzeti Bajnoksag finish (third) and qualified for European competition for the first time.

But having battled a series of niggling, yet frustratingly persistent, injuries and with the cloud of COVID-19 hanging over Europe and its footballing leagues, the former Olyroo made the decision to return to Australia last month.

Arriving back in Melbourne, the attacker has begun working with the highly regarded Tim Schleiger of the Sports Clinic of Melbourne to bring himself back to full fitness. 

Once there, the 30-year-old excitement-machine is targeting a return to an A-League competition in which he has had previous stints with Gold Coast United, Melbourne Heart and the Western Sydney Wanderers.

“I’ve been back here for a few weeks and everything’s looking really good,” Mebrahtu told The World Game.

“It’s good being back home and to be surrounded by some good friends of mine and family, considering where the world is at now. I’m looking to come back, put myself in a good place and look for a home here.

“I’ve had opportunities to go abroad, to play in the Middle East and Asia, but I think it’s a good time for me to come home.

“Considering all the experience I’ve gained in the past four-and-a-half years in Europe, I think I’ve got a lot to give and now would be a good time to come home, contribute to a winning team and use my experience to help a team achieve some success.”

 

Primarily known as a winger during his first spell in the Australian top-flight, Mebrahtu shifted into a more natural striking role during his time in the Czech and Hungarian leagues. 

And now, having added an eye for goal that proved frustratingly elusive during his first stint in Australia, the attacker believes he has what it takes to prove a difference-maker for whichever club signs him for the coming A-League campaign. 

“When I went to Europe, I was really fortunate to work with the likes of Karel Jarolim, David Jarolim and Tomas Rosicky, who all saw me as an out-and-out striker and helped make me a goalscorer,” Mebrahtu said. “I really enjoyed that and it brought the best out of me.

“But I’m also versatile in that I spent a few years out in the A-League playing out wide, and I’ve also played as a 10 in Europe as well; depending on the needs of the team.

"I think my best position is as a striker for sure, but I do have that versatility where I can play as a second striker and winger as well.”

First unearthed when then-Gold Coast United boss Miron Bleiberg noticed him training in a public park while waiting for Clive Palmer's helicopter – Mebrahtu won a Y-League title and made 26 appearances for Gold Coast before shifting to the Heart ahead of the 2012-13 season, and then on to Western Sydney the following campaign.

Leaving Western Sydney after an injury-plagued two-and-a-half-seasons, which heartbreakingly started with the then-23-year-old injuring both his ACL and MCL just six minutes into his debut against Sydney FC, he then signed with Czech club FK Mlada Boleslav and began to find the net: scoring 10 goals in 26 appearances.

Yet, despite scoring 19 goals in 47 games across all competitions in his first two seasons with the Bohemian club and doing enough to be touted as a possible bolter in Bert van Marwijk’s 2018 Socceroos FIFA World Cup squad – the arrival of Jozef Weber as Boleslav’s coach eventually led to Mebrahtu’s disappearance from the teamsheet and exit from the club.

A move to Czech powers Sparta Prague followed, then a move to Akademia, with whom he scored two goals and netted two assists across 23 appearances in 2019-20.

“I spent a little over three years in the Czech Republic with Mlada and Sparta, who are really competing for the title every year in a very competitive league,” Mebrahtu said.

“With that competition comes a lot of pressure, a lot of intensity and a lot of competition both within your team and in the league as well. That helps you to find your character and help you grow as a player – and I relished that.

“Even if they’re not perhaps covered in Australia, those leagues are well known in Europe for producing some top-class talent and it has a rich history in football – especially in that region.

“When I moved to Sparta I was 28 years old and that was the first time that a club brought me in to have a leadership role with the team – to be a part of the leadership group. I enjoyed that quite thoroughly and I grew because of it as well.

"My intent always is to help be part of a winning culture, a successful culture. In Hungary, they brought me in specifically for that – to help lead the team on and off the pitch and we were able to achieve some impressive stuff.

“I’ve definitely grown in that area and added it to my game and I believe I can bring that to a team: the leadership capabilities that I’ve grown into in the last few years.

“I’m 30 years old now, so I really want to succeed – I believe I’m in the peak of my career right now and I want to be part of a winning culture and be part of a bit of stability.” 

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He seems to have done well enough for himself over the last four years, good on him, and he's saying the right things to put himself in the window, a few trials coming up for him very shortly i would expect and take it from there.....

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I wonder whether the huge number of youth  signings is related to the new player transfer system supposedly due to be unveiled next month. Maybe the owners are looking to capatalise on some diamonds in the rough.

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1 hour ago, JustWandering said:

I wonder whether the huge number of youth  signings is related to the new player transfer system supposedly due to be unveiled next month. Maybe the owners are looking to capatalise on some diamonds in the rough.

The only thing it signifies is the owners being cheap.

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The 30-year-old excitement-machine is targeting a return to an A-League competition in which he has had previous stints with Gold Coast United, Melbourne Heart and the Western Sydney Wanderers

3 things here

1.  30! 
2. Excitement machine?
3. I’d rather Sotirio 


 

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8 hours ago, mack said:

The only thing it signifies is the owners being cheap.

They have spent millions of their own coin on the training centre 

last years squad had a bunch of highly paid players in it I don’t think cheapness is the problem 

incompetence might be 

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1 hour ago, StringerBellend said:

The 30-year-old excitement-machine is targeting a return to an A-League competition in which he has had previous stints with Gold Coast United, Melbourne Heart and the Western Sydney Wanderers

3 things here

1.  30! 
2. Excitement machine?
3. I’d rather Sotirio 

I saw a tweet the other day saying that he has more goals in his first name than in his last two seasons of playing.

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The odd thing about our squad is that we only have two players in the age band of 24 to 29. This is supposed to be the peak age range for footballers. We have five players aged 33 or older, four of whom will be certain starters. 

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1 hour ago, StringerBellend said:

They have spent millions of their own coin on the training centre 

last years squad had a bunch of highly paid players in it I don’t think cheapness is the problem 

incompetence might be 

Having a good training facility team isn't special. It's the minimum acceptable standard for a first tier club owned by a billionaire and three other multi-millionaires, who keeping telling us they want to be the "biggest club in Australia".

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25 minutes ago, mack said:

Having a good training facility team isn't special. It's the minimum acceptable standard for a first tier club owned by a billionaire and three other multi-millionaires, who keeping telling us they want to be the "biggest club in Australia".

You should give credit where its due if we are talking about money.

Who has better facilities in the a-league, if what we have is the ''minimum standard''? I'm pretty sure other A-league clubs also have millionaire owners? Is Sydney FC still training at Mac Uni?

 

Not having a go at you, but I swear it feels like some WSW fans joined just to take a **** on our own players, owners, club, FFA etc.because they were not hugged enough or something.

Management and owners may be inept, but they are not tight asses.

Chin up Kuntz, life is not so bad.

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4 minutes ago, MajorMelons said:

Who has better facilities in the a-league

Melbourne City.

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1 hour ago, mack said:

Melbourne City.

Nah. Been to both. They're pretty on par. City just has a fancier lunch room

Though from most reports their player care programs are far better, and the culture is too

Edited by Upthehill

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Adam waterson is a definite no.

Just spoke to another Aussie coach in the US. He said it’s simply a TFM balls up. Firmly planted in the MLS for a long time 

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9 hours ago, JustWandering said:

The odd thing about our squad is that we only have two players in the age band of 24 to 29. This is supposed to be the peak age range for footballers. We have five players aged 33 or older, four of whom will be certain starters. 

Our average age is 24 years old, but most of the squad is Youth to 23yo or 30+

We've got no-one who is at at their physical and technical peaks.

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11 hours ago, mack said:

Melbourne City.

You must be joking, not training or playing fields,

 

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12 hours ago, mack said:

Our average age is 24 years old, but most of the squad is Youth to 23yo or 30+

We've got no-one who is at at their physical and technical peaks.

Exactly - either past peak or they will leave for OS just before they reach it which is why I am still so underwhelmed by the recruitment this season. Yes Sydney FC may not have the fancy academy and youth system but, on the playing field where is matters and what I am only interested in, they are still way ahead of where we should be.

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14 hours ago, mack said:

Our average age is 24 years old, but most of the squad is Youth to 23yo or 30+

We've got no-one who is at at their physical and technical peaks.

Is that the A League, any good player in his peak is in Europe?

There is only 2 times in their careers players think of the A League one on the way up the other other one the way down 

 

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3 hours ago, StringerBellend said:

Is that the A League, any good player in his peak is in Europe?

There is only 2 times in their careers players think of the A League one on the way up the other other one the way down 

The peaks I mean are relative to the A-League and the individual player, not a comparison to the higher levels in Europe/MLS/China etc.

Duke was at that peak last season. SFC have Retre, Barbarouses, Caceres, Grant & Brattan there now.

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I think most fans understand we will never have Messi/Ronaldo at their peak type players in our league ( unless we find a genius junior ) but we do want players who are competent and have at least a modicum of skill and technique. Not much to ask for really.

Some of our players have lacked one or the other and even some have lacked both..

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2 hours ago, mack said:

The peaks I mean are relative to the A-League and the individual player, not a comparison to the higher levels in Europe/MLS/China etc.

Duke was at that peak last season. SFC have Retre, Barbarouses, Caceres, Grant & Brattan there now.

Fair point although duke 1 year in a league between contracts and off again.

retre and caceres are very average 
 

as much as I can’t stand the wacky haired hipster he’s been a good player for them 

 

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3 hours ago, StringerBellend said:

Fair point although duke 1 year in a league between contracts and off again.

retre and caceres are very average 
 

as much as I can’t stand the wacky haired hipster he’s been a good player for them 

 

Brattan would have been good for us

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15 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

are you wendy? She has a think about him too

Wendy thinks? 

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