While struggling as a team to put in well-rounded and consistent performances this season, Western Sydney Wanderers haven’t been without some impressive individuals.

Like enticing icing on an otherwise rubbish cake, these players have made the recent campaign just a little more digestible for otherwise disgusted fans.

From a man who’s ageing better than fine wine to a foreigner who refuses to let a decidedly average side hold him back, a handful of the men in red and back haven’t done their own reputations any harm over the past season.

Here’s TFS’s top 5 Wanderers who have shone despite their team’s lack of polish:

  1. Nicolas Martinez

Despite some questionable foreign selections in recent years, Martinez is proof Western Sydney are still capable of finding talent overseas. On loan from Greek giants Olympiacos, the midfielder has impressed throughout the season with his silky skill on the ball and ability to pick out a pass seeing him bag three goals and four assists. While he isn’t quite rivalling Shinji Ono as the red and black’s best import, one can only imagine how much more effective he would have been in a better performing Wanderers outfit.

  1. Brendon Santalab

Age in the A-League continues to be no barrier with 34-year-old Santalab proving a player can actually peak later in their career. The stubborn striker has been Western Sydney’s main and nearly only source of goals; his nine this term tripling that of the next highest scorer for the side. Known in short as Santa, Santalab delivered his finest present to date for fans this season with his sole swivelling strike ending a thousand-day wait for a Sydney Derby win.

  1. Jonathan Aspropotamitis

Thrown into a revolving backline at the start of the season as the club adapted to life without Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Aspropotamitis defied his young age to cement his spot in the back four. Making veterans Aritz Borda and Robert Cornthwaite look very bad at times, the defender has been rock solid for Western Sydney and deserves a lot more credit than he gets.

  1. Kearyn Baccus

In spite of surprise off-field drama for Baccus, the midfielder has had a breakout season in the red and black. With a gliding dribble and an ability to pick out pass better than a parking spot, Baccus has justified Popovic’s faith in him over the past few seasons. His growing influence in midfield highlighted by the fact he sits third in the side for passes and fifth for tackles.

  1. Vedran Janjetovic

After a continued headache in goals to start the season, the former Sydney FC shot-stopper has been the Panadol the Wanderers so desperately needed. Though not without his own keeping howlers, Janjetovic’s two clinical clean sheets against the Sky Blues have endeared him to his new fan base with surprising speed.

Honourable mentions also to Jumpei Kusukami and Terry Antonis. 

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