The January 2020 transfers that have gone right

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The January transfer period is a brilliant time for A-League clubs to re-evaluate the first half of their season’s performance. Where did they go right, and where did they go all so wrong?

Out with the players whose service was no longer required, and in comes some fresh faces with the hope of strengthening the team.

Some clubs get this right and manage to sign on someone who you just know is about to turn the side around.

The Football Sack went through the list of the transfers and ranked the top five. Do you agree?

Five: Marco Rojas

Rojas returned to Melbourne Victory with the mutual understanding by him and his new coaches that he was not fully match fit. However, he wanted to be back at his old club, and it is this evident love that has driven him to recover and get back to playing.

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He has started as a substitute for all but one of his appearances, being substituted on between the 55th and 75th minute, accumulating some much handy playing time already. His inclusion to the side has seen him comfortably slot into the attacking front alongside Ola Toivonen, Andrew Nabbout, Robbie Kruse and Elvis Kamsoba. Rojas has been consistently involved in creating scoring opportunities, but also is simply managing to maintain possession of the ball in Victory’s forward line.

When 100 per cent fit, Rojas will be a forward that other clubs’ defenders should fear.

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Four: Stefan Mauk

‘A gritty midfielder who works hard’ is a sentence you could use to describe Mauk and the reason Adelaide United were happy to bring him back home. After spending some time at Brisbane Roar that was not favourable, Mauk returned to his hometown hoping he can add to the success the Reds have recently achieved.

Mauk may not have a decorated football history, but he shows commitment and an attitude to go onto the field and play his best football. Mauk was signed to add depth into United’s midfield, with Director of Football Bruce Djite having full faith his new signing will improve his side.

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Three: Scott McDonald

Give me a minute to explain this one. When over in Scotland, the man was getting a game every week. Put him in the Australian national side and things went a bit pear-shaped, and so did his time in Western United’s inaugural season. During his final weeks at United, he could not manage to be named in the squad.

Since arriving at Brisbane, he gained a position in the squad. Roar coach Robbie Fowler has had nothing but good to say about McDonald, admitting where his squad lacks in demanding success from one another, McDonald can provide that. Since being at the Roar, McDonald has been a part of some crucial goals and assists, notably Brisbane’s two goals against Adelaide.

McDonald needed to find a group of men where he could fit into the style of football being played. He needed a coach that was willing to work on his performance because he could see potential in other aspects of himself. He has finally found that.

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Two: Roy O’Donovan

O’Donovan was one of the later transfers during the period, joining the Newcastle Jets after a short stint with the Roar. He returned to the Jets on an 18-month deal after being in the select few of Robbie Fowler’s departures.

The Jets need someone that can provide a spark in their attack and may have just found that in O’Donovan. Across his appearances at various clubs, he has proven to be a goalscorer and someone who can lead and represent his club effectively.

Even with his time away, O’Donovan remains the equal second-highest goal scorer at the club with 20 goals in 35 games. Let him find his place back in his old side, he might score 15 goals to take the leading goal scoring title, but who knows. If he stays at the club long enough, he might have sufficient influence to do so.

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One: Markel Susaeta

You would be silly if you had anyone else’s name here. Susaeta signed to Melbourne City, and slotted himself perfectly into the side; if you did not watch A-League before January, you would not have known his recent arrival at the club.

He had some time to go before being 100 per cent fit for a complete match, but he was finally able to play his first full 90 minutes against Victory in the 2-1 derby win. This was following little time to train with City and being named to play very early on. He has taken on a midfield role, but has easily adapted to playing a central position as coach Erick Mombaerts inflicts a back five. The man can do honestly anything.

Susaeta has the talent, the experience and the 500 game experience for La Liga in his repertoire.

City, congratulations on signing the best January transfer, but also signing potentially the A-League’s most valuable player.

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Feature Image Credit: Brisbane Roar

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Tricia Mifsud
Covering Melbourne Victory during the 2019/2020 season. Bachelor of Media and Communications (Sports Journalism) at Latrobe University. Dedicated to writing articles that sports fans want to read.