Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Brisbane's mid-field

For 6 years Matt McKay and Massimo Murdocca have powered the Roar's mid-field. This year McKay has stepped up and Massimo has played the supporting role as Ange's possession and move forward game has kicked in.

Matt McKay 10/10
26 games 26 starts, 3 goals and 5 assists.
Brisbane's own stared for the Roar and the Socceroos in Asia. Matt has justified his status as the highest paid player under the salary cap. Clearly the right choice over Sergio Van Dijk, whose presence probably cost Adelaide a finals spot (forcing them up through the middle). Back to McKay - great energy, great motivator.

Thomas Broich 10/10
31 games, 31 starts, 6 goals and 12 assists.
While Marco Flores won the players' player of the season, Broich and McKay were the fans' players. Broich will face more thuggery from CCM this weekend, so far he has shown he is up to the challenge. A wizard down the left, also magic down the right. Always capable of something special.

Erik Paartarlu 9.5/10
32 games, 32 starts, 3 goals and 2 assists.
Is Erik a defender or a mid-fielder? Quietly cleaning up in the lower middle third, Erik has been the value find for Brisbane from a back water of Scottish football. In return his career has been given new life.

Mitch Nichols 9.5/10
Mitch, along with Henrique, brings something different to the pitch. Mitch has made Kosta. Another fan favourite who come create some 'in the box magic' that could win the Grand Final for Brisbane.

Massimo Murdocca 8/10
26 games for 18 starts, 1 goal and 3 assists
Massimo has brought commitment and energy to the bench to a throw at a tiring opposition. Helps the Roar to play at top speed throughout the full 90 minutes plus.

Luke Brattan 6/10
6 games from the bench for 1 assist.
Brattan showed some of the potential that is expected from him. One for next year.

Rocky Visconte 5/10
Twitter: @visconte14
14 games and 1 start, 1 goal.
Another player from a low profile Scottish club. Injury interrupted Rocky's start and lost him an opening spot. Fans love his name, but the results haven't come, yet.

Henrique 8.5/10
Twitter: @henrique10roar
13 games, 7 starts, 3 goals and 1 assist.
The fans' favourite player - perhaps across the league. The guy that says 'I love you Brisbane' into the TV camera when he scores. Has the ability to light up a game and turn it in favour of the Roar with guile, speed and skill.

James Meyer 7/10
4 games, 2 starts, 4 goals and 2 assists.
James could rock the A-League next year. Came to change games this year. Played up front and in the mid-field. Great surprise, can't wait.

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