Paper Talk: Better than Bobo? New striker turning heads at Sydney FC

He may not share the same stature as Bobo but Sydney FC believe they have uncovered a gem to replace the departed Hyundai A-League Golden Boot winner.

Read on for the club's first impressions of their potential star as an ex-Hyundai A-League striker finds an exciting new home, and old wounds are reopened ahead of a crunch FFA Cup clash.

All that is in this week's Paper Talk!

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Adam le Fondre has been in Australia less than a week and already the diminutive former Reading forward is proving a hit at Sydney FC.

Recruited from Championship side Bolton, the 31-year-old looks set to play a major part in the club's new era under Steve Corica.

The Sky Blues boss got a first-hand look at his new signing in training over the weekend and came away impressed.

"He's always playing off the shoulder and looking to get in behind and that's something I like about him," Corica told

"Bobo was in the box scoring goals and that's something [Le Fondre] does well as well.

"He knows Bobo scored all those goals [last season], but he's quite a confident lad, he knows he'll score goals and he's done that in the past.

"He's got a good scoring record and for me it's more about him fitting in with the team, the culture, the club, getting to know the players and being happy here."

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From one striker to another, a former young Hyundai A-League prospect has made a major step-up.

Golgol Mebrahtu, who jetted off overseas in 2016, has swapped Mlada Boleslav for Czech Republic's most successful side, Sparta Prague.

The 27-year-old had clubs clamouring for his signature courtesy of the 19 competitive goals he scored across his first two seasons in the country.

"I had several offers," Mebrahtu, who was linked with moves to Turkey and Germany, revealed to Sparta's website.

"But when [it comes from] Sparta, it can not be refused."

Though the ex-Olyroo says his "dream" is to represent the Caltex Socceroos, officials from Eritrea - where he spent part of his childhood - have been in contact about gaining his international allegiance.


The FFA Cup Round of 16 has already seen plenty of drama with APIA Leichhardt knocking out Melbourne Victory, and there will be no shortage of spice come Matchday 2 next Wednesday.

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Four blockbusters that night include a much-anticipated clash between Melbourne City and Newcastle Jets.

It will mark the first time the clubs have met since Newcastle came from behind to prevail in last season's Hyundai A-League Semi Final.

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Tempers flared in April's encounter.

City left-back Scott Jamieson hasn't forgotten the defeat and wants to get one back on Ernie Merrick's men.

"It still hurts a bit," Jamieson acknowledged in an interview with FourFourTwo.

"But for us, we've accepted it, we look upon the new season as a new start and one that we definitely feel we want to do really with.

"The Newcastle Jets game might have a little bit more to it from the media's perception because of the game last year and that we were knocked out of the semi-final.

"Regardless of who we're playing we want to win, but it's always good to try and play a team that knocked you out of the Finals and do them over."

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