Following a season of inconsistency and disarray there is a mountain of work to be done at Wanderland, but what exactly does the club and its supporters need in order to restore form, functionality and their winning ways of the past?

Josep Gombau pleaded for patience when implementing his style of football, stating that it would take time for players to adapt to his approach to the game however winning just seven of 22 games has cast doubt over the Spaniard’s future at the helm.

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Former Wanderers captain Robert Cornthwaite told ESPN FC shortly after departing the club in January that he wasn’t enjoying playing under Gombau, especially when comparing his methods to those of the stoic Tony Popovic- the club’s enduring figurehead and only other known coach.

Gombau’s questionable tactics and decisions have brought him under fire often this season, leaving supporters and some players lamenting his time in charge. For a club that has set high standards since its inception player fallouts and subsequent poor results need addressing, the Wanderers need a coach with compatibility.

Delving into the squad, this campaign saw the Wanderers concede 47 goals, just two more than cellar dwellers Central Coast Mariners. It’s an unsettling statistic highlighting the defensive frailties than need to be patched in the off-season.

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It’s understood that Adelaide United defenders Tarek Elrich and Jordan Elsey are on the move to Western Sydney alongside Melbourne City central defender Ruon Tongyik, which is a solid start in beefing up the backline left bare this season after Cornthwaite’s departure and a devastating ACL injury to Jonathan Aspropotamitis.

The Wanderers fared far better in the front third this campaign and were bolstered by a number of impressive signings. Fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief knowing that Spanish marquee and leading goalscorer Oriol Riera will be present for another season although several other key midfielders and forwards will be parting ways with the Red and Black.

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Christopher Ikonomidis will leave a massive void when he returns to loan club Lazio and Spanish playmaker Alvaro Cejudo is not expected to extend his stay. Melbourne City’s Nick Fitzgerald is rumoured to be joining the outfit next season along with talented young winger Bruce Kamau although these promising signings mean little until pen is put to paper.

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The renowned and revered RBB, who boycotted the Wanderers during the most crucial time in the season, also have a part to play in the overhaul. Passionate and boisterous fans play an immense role in the club and as average attendance slipped from 17,746 to 11,924 this season that added element of support seemed uncomfortably astray.

Faithful supporters can take comfort in remembering that a disastrous 2014-15 campaign sparked a complete turnaround which propelled the Wanderers all the way through to the grand final in the season that followed, this is a club which will no doubt iron out its issues and be reinstated among the league’s strongest.

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Bachelor of Journalism student from the University of Wollongong, covering Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2017/18 season.