Adelaide United 15/16 Mid Season Report Card

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It’s the time of the year when clubs look towards the second half of the season and The Football Sack critiques each club’s progress so far.

Do you agree with our assessments made in the return of our mid-season report cards?

Semester Summary: It really has been a semester of two halves for Adelaide. In their opening eight games the Reds didn’t win a game, were a defensive rabble and provided little in attack. In their past five games however the Reds have gone undefeated, turning their deficiencies into strengths. Goals and clean sheets have certainly increased for the Reds while defensive errors have decreased substantially.

Areas of Excellence: Resilience. Adelaide’s ability to turn their fortunes around after a horror start demonstrates a resilient and mentally strong group. It would have been so easy for the group to completely give up and wait for a new manager to come in. The Reds fought for themselves and Amor, deserving their current moment of success.

Areas in need of improvement: New striker. Despite Adelaide’s goal department improving they aren’t scoring as many goals as they should be. Adelaide’s leading front man Bruce Djite wastes far too many opportunities and looks completely shot of confidence. If Adelaide are serious about continuing their resurgence then a new striker must be purchased in January.

Top Students: Craig Goodwin and Jordan Elsey have been magnificent for Adelaide throughout this topsy turvy campaign. Goodwin’s ability to break past defenders has been wonderful to watch while his final ball into the box has improved this season. Jordan Elsey has just become so crucial for Adelaide and is a major reason for their turn around in form. He’s become the commander at the back, taking the mantle from former Red Nigel Boogard. Sergio Cirio doesn’t get talked about much but his performances this season have been very strong also. He loves to run with the ball allowing Adelaide to get into excellent attacking positions. Even when Adelaide were playing poorly Cirio’s football and attitude remained very strong.

Class Clowns: Bruce Djite. Unfortunately for Bruce the game just looks to have passed him by. He looks too slow at times, falls over far too often and squanders golden opportunities. Very harsh but the unfortunate truth. Many Adelaide supporters will hope he can turn it around but it looks more unlikely by the day.

Grade: B-

Outlook: Should Adelaide continue with their recent form then a finals berth is a strong possibility.

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Tim Jucius
Third year Journalism student at the University of South Australia and the current Adelaide Utd Intern at TFS. Love football and support Tottenham Hotspur in the EPL. Twitter: @Juciist

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