The inconsistencies that continue to plague Wellington Phoenix result from a number of factors, culminating in some serious issues across the board.

So with our idealist hats on and our eyes firmly fixed on the past, here is our definitive list of past Phoenix flames that would solve the team’s current woes.

5. Ross Aloisi

Oh captain my captain. One for those with a memory, Aloisi spent a single season with the boys in yellow. He won a Premiership with Adelaide United prior to signing as the clubs founding captain, and brought an experience and composure that the current side so clearly needs right now. He was perhaps past his peak at the time when he joined, but what a presence he was to have around.

4. Tony Lochhead

The left-back position has been an interesting one to view this season. Adam Parkhouse, a winger by trade, deputised for the injured Tom Doyle at the start of the season. With Doyle unable to string his sometimes impressive performances into form and his recent run in with the disciplinary committee, the team is crying out for someone of Lochhead’s stature. A heads down, hard-working left back, Lochead was a sure pick for most of his time in Wellington, age unfortunately got the better of him in his final years in Wellington.

3. Daniel

Daniel brought something to the Phoenix’s opening campaign like no other managed. Flair. His flicks and tricks were splendid to watch in a team struggling to find its identity, and few can forget his goal against the victory on August 27th 2007 to officially get the Nix underway. There were more than a few kids rocking up to football practice with Daniel on the back of their Phoenix kits back in the day, and he will always be remembered fondly by the Phoenix faithful. My first true love.

2. Shane Smeltz

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Arguably Smeltz’s best A-league campaigns came away from Wellington, but who wouldn’t want the Smeltz of old back in the team? 21 goals in 39 games is a terrific record for a striker at a new club, and he was one of few foundation players (like Daniel) to really get the kids going. The current side lacks a central figure to play off, and though an aged Smeltz does a reasonable job in the role, we would kill to see him in his heyday again.

1. Paul Ifill

The mere mention of him made defenders knees quake. A one-man team for the most part, be it centrally or from the wing, Paul Ifill was at the forefront of the teams most successful campaign in the 2009/10 season. Strong, fast and and accurate to boot, he was the best we have seen don the Phoenix jersey.

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