Baumjohann the key for Sydney

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Following a brief settling period, Sydney FC recruit Alexander Baumjohann is quickly becoming the Sky Blues’ glue holding the attack together.

The German has three assists to his name and his confidence seems to be growing by the minute.

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The former Western Sydney playmaker is enjoying a rich vein of form – where he is a key cog in Sydney’s attack.

Baumjohann is combining effectively with attackers Adam Le Fondre and Kosta Barbarouses, and also Sydney’s flying right-back Rhyan Grant.

“It is fun to play with all these players around me,” he said.

“When you join a team like this, the players make it easy for me.”

The 32-year-old said it has taken some adjustment to play in a system which utilises two playmakers, but he is enjoying learning from one of the best in Milos Ninkovic.

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“I think Milos is the best player I have played with in this league”, he said.

“Every training and every day I learn a lot.”

“In this system he does good work defensively and I learn from him.”

Sydney coach Steve Corica said the balance in the team is good with the addition of Baumjohann in the side – and was all praise when asked about the German.

“He is really playing well,” he said.

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“He creates a lot of chances for us and works hard defensively and I think he is getting better each game.”

The former Schalke player tended to drift infield against Central Coast. Corica said this was a tactic the team will use through the season depending on the opposition.

“We thought there was a lot of space through the middle.”

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“When he turned infield this is where a lot of the space was.”

With Sydney flying high atop of the ladder with breathing space between themselves and second place Melbourne City, Baumjohann can be credited with the defending champions’ almost perfect first nine matches of the season.

The Sky Blues have a tough trip in their next fixture against Wellington where Sydney’s attacking flare will be on show once more.

Feature image credit: Steve Cristo

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Jordan Warren
Jordan Warren
Football mad, Bachelor of Journalism student at UOW. Liverpool to win the league. Covering Sydney FC in the A-League and W-League for 2019-20.

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