Melbourne City FC 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: City had a bumpy start to the season. Their first six games of the season suggested maybe they would not live up to hype placed on them before the start of the season. Was it the lack of depth or was it a case of players taking time to gel with each other? A bit of both perhaps. City’s board were very game to keep John van’t Schip on and have stuck firm with him, his leadership and position have been questioned by media and fans alike. With their strong end to 2015 going into 2016, the full story is yet to be written and City’s performances to this date have been very ambiguous to really pinpoint whether they are the real deal or not.

 
Areas of Excellence: Recovering from an awkward beginning and proving critics wrong, starting with the thumping of Perth Glory 5-1 they went on to win four in a row then lost to high-flyers Brisbane. Despite their mediocre first few games, Melbourne City have shown when the talent is available that they can really hurt their opposition. Thomas Sorensen in sync with City’s rise, he has come to the rescue when the defenders have failed to do their job.

Areas in need of improvement: Apart from getting the fans into their stadium it would have to be the depth in their squad. It was clear for all to see at the beginning of the season they were vastly weakened without the likes of Robert Koren, Ivan Franjic, Harry Novillo, Corey Gameiro and Michael Zullo. As well as an over-reliance on Aaron Mooy, his calibre along with Ivan Franjic hoping to break back into the Socceroos squad, the long season will really test City’s ability to perform without their stars. It’s easy for the City boss to say they train and prepare for these moments but it is always interesting hearing how he reacts when key players are missing and the team fails to perform.

Top Students: Very obvious answer; Aaron Mooy. It seems likely he’ll be gone at the end of the season and it has become cliché to say that that is what’s bad about the A-League. Mooy has put on a masterclass time and time again this season not only for City but for Australia too.

Class Clowns: It’s a struggle to find reasons why David Williams gets game time. Whenever there is a chance or a golden opportunity at a crucial time, he manages to squander it. One shot on target, zero goals and eight appearances, it’s hard to fathom why John van’t Schip still plays him.

Grade: C+

Outlook: Halfway through and Melbourne City are still not convincing. They definitely have good players, but when those good players are missing due to injury, suspension or international duty, City can really be hurt. The teams they have managed to convincingly defeat this season are in the bottom four. In the Christmas derby, they managed to perform well in the first half but only just got over the line in that game. Ultimately, they should make finals comfortably but I don’t see them winning the Premiership.

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Clement Tito
Currently studying at Deakin University in Melbourne, Clem has experience writing on AFL and has worked at Preston Leader Newspapers in Victoria. He loves reporting, spectating, discussing and playing both AFL and football.

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