It’s that time of year where A-League teams announce their most valuable player for the season, but who is going to take out the top gong at each club?

Call off the lavish awards nights and take back your rental tuxedo, because The Football Sack has already hazarded a guess at the best player for each A-League club for the 2018/19 campaign.

Adelaide United – Craig Goodwin

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Craig Goodwin has been in career-best form since returning to the Reds for the 2018/19 season. Adelaide came into the campaign severely lacking quality up front, and Goodwin has gone to considerable lengths to plaster over the enormous inadequacy of Adelaide’s strikers by scoring nine goals and assisting seven from his birth out wide in the Reds’ attack.

By shouldering the scoring load Goodwin has made his Adelaide homecoming a memorable one, and is set to top it off with an MVP award.

Brisbane Roar – Jamie Young

It’s common practice for goalkeepers to see plenty of the ball when playing for below average teams, and this season Roar custodian Jamie Young has been a shining light amongst Brisbane’s field of doused flames.

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Brisbane have copped a number of savage beatings this season, including a 6-1 loss to Newcastle last week – their worst ever defeat at home – but without Young their misery would be tenfold. He’s second to Wellington’s Filip Kurto in saves and has pulled off a number of phenomenal stops which have characterised a season worthy of an MVP award.

Central Coast Mariners – Matthew Millar

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Central Coast’s season began with the failed recruitment of Usain Bolt and is set to end with Matthew Millar picking up the Mariners’ MVP award on his way to joining Newcastle. These two moments will become the bookends of a torrid season in Gosford and serve as cruel reminders of the mistakes made throughout the campaign.

Millar leads the league in assists alongside James Troisi with eight, and from his role on the right of Central Coast’s defence he’s proved to be their greatest attacking asset. Millar’s form has been bittersweet for Mariners fans this season, as every marauding run he made into attack served as a reminder of both his tremendous quality and his inevitable departure at the end of the season.

Melbourne City – Eugene Galekovic

One constant in a season of dramatic storylines, star departures, rumours and speculation has been the solid on-field performance of Eugene Galekovic in the Melbourne City goal.

The A-League veteran has kept Mark Birighitti on the bench for the entire season, keeping eight clean sheets and producing a number of high quality saves, leading the way for City as a consistently high performer in an otherwise erratic season.

Melbourne Victory – Kosta Barbarouses

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The arrival of Ola Toivonen and Keisuke Honda – arguably the league’s most high-profile recruit of all time – made Melbourne Victory a team with tremendous star-power leading into the 2018/19 season, but it’s been an A-League stalwart who has surprisingly stolen the show.

In ten A-League campaigns Kosta Barbarouses has never scored as many goals as this season (14). Barbarouses has excelled through spells of injury to star striker Toivonen and even kept him off the field at some points throughout the year, such has been his value to his side. If Barbarouses ends the season as Victory’s MVP it will be just reward for his career best form.

Newcastle Jets – Dimitri Petratos

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After reaching last season’s grand final Newcastle are set to miss the 2018/19 finals campaign, and although coach Ernie Merrick has consistently labelled his side’s inability to score as their biggest shortcoming it hasn’t been through lack of trying from Dimitri Petratos.

Petratos’ six goals and three assists don’t do justice to the staggering offensive output he has produced throughout the season. Petratos leads the league in chances created, shots and crosses, most remarkably playing 232 crosses so far this season – 177 more than Jair in second.

It’s clear with a greater conversion rate from both him and his teammates latching onto his created chances Petratos’ goals and assists tally could have reached astronomical heights. But his form throughout the season has been stellar regardless, and Petratos should be a firm favourite to pick up Newcastle’s MVP award this season.

Perth Glory – Neil Kilkenny

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Take your pick from Glory’s plethora of star performers this season, but Neil Kilkenny is mine. Kilkenny is the fulcrum of Tony Popovic’s formation, and his ability to keep the ball secure and safe in a midfield two, control tempo, link defence to attack and get on the scoresheet has made him Glory’s standout performer all season long.

Kilkenny leads his side in passes, crosses, chances created and assists while scoring six goals of his own, making him a front-runner to become Glory’s MVP this season.

Sydney FC – Brandon O’Neill

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In a season in which Milos Ninkovic shares the lead for the Alex Tobin Medal with one round to play, his less celebrated teammate Brandon O’Neill could just steal the show when Sydney name their MVP for the 2018/19 season.

O’Neill has created the most chances (40) and assists (seven) for Sydney this season and leads the league in total passes (1,729). Second in the passing statistics is Glory’s Kilkenny, and O’Neill has played a similarly vital role for Sydney as Kilkenny has for his side this season. In the transfer rumour mill O’Neill’s name is beginning to be linked with a number of clubs from the English Championship, and if an overseas move eventuates O’Neill may just end his A-League career with an MVP award.

Western Sydney Wanderers – Roly Bonevacia

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It’s hard to pick a stand out performer from Western Sydney this season but in a predominantly poor squad Roly Bonevacia can hold his head up high for his performances throughout.

Bonevacia leads the Wanderers in assists and is second to Oriol Riera in goals (seven) whilst scoring at a much better conversion rate than the Spanish striker. Star import Alexander Baumjohann started the season like a house on fire but a dip in form through the middle of the campaign may dent his hopes of claiming the Wanderers’ MVP award. It’s a toss-up between these two players for Western Sydney’s best player this season, but Bonevacia’s consistency may be the key which puts him ahead of the German midfielder.

Wellington Phoenix – Roy Krishna

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There’s no one more deserving of an MVP award this season than Roy Krishna, whose incredible individual performance has been one of the stories of the 2018/19 campaign.

Ola Toivonen and Adam Le Fondre arrived on our shores in pre-season as the star imports destined to battle for the golden boot but Krishna has left all challengers in his wake, scoring an emphatic hat-trick on the weekend to lead the golden boot race on 18 goals with one game to play.

Wellington are finals bound and it’s been their talismanic leader Krishna who has lead the way all season long. He’ll win Wellington’s MVP at a stroll and could be in line to win the Alex Tobin Medal should he produce another standout performance against Perth this weekend.

Featured image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Football nut, student journalist and firm believer that Berisha dived in the 2012 A-League Grand Final. Covering Perth Glory for the 2018/19 season.