A-League Fantasy preview: Sydney FC

There appears to be a good mix of youthful exuberance and experience throughout the Sydney FC squad and if pre-season form and results are anything to go by, the sky is the limit for the Sky Blues.

Sydney FC:

Team overview/chances for season ahead:

There is a real sense of optimism around the Sky Blues this season. The appointment of successful Hyundai A-League coach Graham Arnold is a huge plus while the additions of Mark Janko, Alex Brosque, Bernie Ibini and Shane Smeltz gives the club a forward line to fear.

Player price list: (to be provided)

Janko

F

$329,000

Ryall

D

$308,000

Brosque

F

$306,000

Janjetovic

G

$285,000

Ibini-Isei

F

$269,000

Smeltz

F

$245,000

Antonis

M

$242,000

Ognenovski

D

$227,000

Bojic

D

$211,000

Petkovic

D

$207,000

Jurman

D

$192,000

Abbas

M

$188,000

Gameiro

F

$188,000

Gligor

M

$138,000

Carle

M

$136,000

Naumoff

F

$123,000

Dimitrijevic

M

$94,000

A Bouzanis

G

$91,000

Gersbach

D

$91,000

Grant

D

$91,000

Necevski

G

$91,000

Triantis

M

$91,000

Star Man:

Alex Brosque ($306,000)

One of the Sky Blues favourite sons, Brosque returns to the club this season as part of a new-look lethal strikeforce. Still possessing blinding pace and an eye for a killer pass, Brosque – who is the club’s greatest-ever goal-scorer with 36 - will be a key component of Arnold’s plans.

Bargain Buy:

Alex Gersbach ($91,000)

The talented 17-year-old is currently the club’s only recognized left-back which means he should start most games this season. He will be part of a Sydney defence which should be a lot more organized and resolute in 2014/15 which could translate to more clean sheets while Gersbach also takes a few set pieces, which should lead to a few assists.

Likely starting XI: (4-2-3-1) – Vedran Janjetovic (GK), Pedj Bojic, Sasa Ognenovski, Nikola Petkovic, Alex Gersbach, Terry Antonis, Ali Abbas, Bernie Ibini, Corey Gamiero, Alex Brosque, Mark Janko

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