Perth Glory 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: On the surface it’s been a poor semester if you’re judging purely on the league standings for Kenny Lowe’s troops. Perth Glory currently sit second from bottom with 12 points from 12 games, which isn’t exactly surprising considering their injuries and lingering salary cap hangover. However the men from the west have been able to string together a series of encouraging results in the last month, which was somewhat soured by a 2-1 defeat to table-topping Brisbane Roar this weekend. The recent results have helped to create a positive vibe around the seemingly always-beleaguered club with the fans appreciating the new-found belief within the playing group.

Areas of Excellence: Whilst the Glory certainly does not boast the most talented squad, there have been a number of players that have made the most of their opportunities. Players such as former Stoke and Pompey man Alex Grant, who has swiftly become a fan favourite due to his no-nonsense and composed displays, Mitchell Oxborrow, who scored an absolute peach of a free kick against the Wanderers, and of course Jamal Reiners. Reiners made his full debut in the win against reigning champions Melbourne Victory and his tidy footwork saw him create the winner for the seasoned Diego Castro. Reiners and Grant are certainly two young players who could provide a healthy future for the Perth side.

Another area of excellence has been the ever-rising star of Josh Risdon. The 23-year-old Bunbury lad has seen his stocks rise significantly this season, with his aggression, commitment and attacking prowess down the right hand flank earning him a call up to Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos side for the 4-0 qualifying win against Bangladesh. It’s now only a matter of time before European clubs come knocking on the door.

Areas in Need of Improvement: Goals. Simple. Glory have been lacking quality and consistency in the final third, which could be put down to the poor form and injury to Dutchman Guyon Fernandez and lack of quality and proven options. Reiners and Joe Knowles will continue to improve but the harsh reality is that Perth does not have a proven marksmen at the top level in their ranks with the injuries they currently hold. One of the most frustrating aspects of this season is former Glory player Jamie Maclaren scoring for fun. He wasn’t given enough opportunities to prove himself, something he’s done in spades with the high-flying Roar with seven goals already to his name. Perth need to start putting away more of the opportunities they’re creating, with their lack of a cutting edge characterised by the amount of chances squandered in their loss to Brisbane. Perhaps if the club can get newly signed Andy Keogh on the pitch sooner than expected then the problem will be solved.

Top Student: Josh Risdon. The recently capped Socceroo is the club’s best and most consistent player so far this season. His work-rate continually gets the Glory faithful buzzing and rightly so. The defender is showing poise and form that should see him develop into a fully fledged international.

Class Clown: Marc Warren. He’s become somewhat of a scapegoat for a number of poor performances, especially in the early stages of the season. It’s warranted, so to speak. The former Sydney FC full-back habitually commits unnecessary and over-zealous fouls and has shown little composure on the ball, which has proved to heap pressure on the back four. NIB Stadium holds its breath when poor Marc is on the ball. He’s the Hyundai A-League’s Glen Johnson.

Grade: C+

Outlook: Things are on the up for Glory. They are only three points off a finals spot and their recent form combined with the signing of Keogh has the club and its fans hopeful for a more fruitful second half to the season.

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Bryce Conway
21-year-old Communications and Media Student at UWA, avid Liverpool and Seinfeld enthusiast following Perth Glory during the 2015/2016 A-League season.

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