Wanderers’ 5 New Year’s Resolutions

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The Western Sydney Wanderers 2016 drew to a close with yet another draw in what has so far been a very underwhelming season.

With the transfer window about to open and a game awaiting them on the first day of 2017, the red and black will be hoping the new year brings with it new fortunes and a few key changes.

1. Start winning at home 

Homeless as Pirtek Stadium is knocked down and rebuilt, Western Sydney have also been winless at their temporary homes so far this season. 

From four draws from four games at Spotless Stadium to two very convincing losses at ANZ, the Wanderers haven’t given their devoted fans much to cheer about at the final whistle.

If the red and black are any hope of finals football they really must start winning games at home in 2017.

2. Turn draws into wins

With more than half their games this season ending in stalemates and more draws than any other side in the competition, the Wanderers have become a little too familiar with picking up a singular point from games. 

Conceding over half their goals in the second half so far this season, Western Sydney really must start putting in 90 minute performances to ensure they turn one point into three in 2017.

3. Sign a striker

While Brendon Santalab has done admirably as a 34-year-old super sub, there’s no denying the red and black are in need of added fire power up front. 

Kerem Bulut has departed the club with an inability to score and a poor attitude the reasons for his exit. Young striker Lachlan Scott looks a more promising prospect but after a few starts looks to lack the immediate impact the Wanderers need up front.

With money to spend and a few high profile strikers in need of a club, Western Sydney need to sign someone capable of scoring goals regularly if they hope for a successful 2017. Preferably not this guy again though…

4. Beat Sydney FC

Having not beaten the Sky Blues in what will be three years, the Wanderers will certainly be hoping 2017 can deliver them at least one win over their rivals.

Not only would the win be a huge relief for fans, the idea that it could deny the currently undefeated league leaders the title of ‘Invincibles’ is enough to keep Western Sydney fans happy for years to come.

5. Win the A-League Grand Final

Like one of those really ambitious resolutions very few ever actually achieve, the Wanderers winning the A-League decider in 2017 may not even come close to happening but has to be on their list.

Having lost all three of their A-League Grand Finals, the entire club and Tony Popovic especially will be hoping 2017 is the year the red and black can be crowned champions. 

But just like a resolution to start a diet or learn a new language however, don’t be surprised to see this one revised or altogether abandoned should they hit any early hurdles starting with a home game against Perth Glory on Sunday. 

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Joshua Thomas
Joshua Thomas
A football fanatic and journalism student who won't leave you wondering about any Wanderers news this season as I cover all things Red and Black for The Football Sack.

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