Melbourne City 2020/21 season preview

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As a club with much promise and big international financial backing, Melbourne City failed to capture the elusive premiers plate last season. With a rejuvenated young squad, will this be the season they win it all? 

Last season…
A-League: 2nd
Finals: Runner-up
FFA Cup: Runner-up

They’ll win the league because…
Following on from a strong 2019/20 A-League season as runners-up. City will be hoping to finally lift their maiden premiers plate. With front man Jamie McLaren leading the lines as a prolific goal scorer. This has put them in great stead to be one of the leading attacks in the league.

As the youngest side in the league, with a core of experienced veterans, they will be in a good position to maintain a stable league position and be poised for a deep run in the finals. They will also not be lacking in any creativity, with a number of new arrivals to the squad.

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They’ll be cellar dwellers because…
Although City managed to finish runners-up last season, the new season brings in fresh challenges with new head coach Patrick Kisnorbo.

Although Kisnorbo coached the side in two games last season, it will be his first time calling all the shots. However, as a club legend he is sure to be poised overcome these challenges. With the worst disciplinary record in the league last year. Kisnorbo will need to rectify this to make sure City do not lose matches they are meant to win.

The off-season brought
The start of the new season brings in eight new signings, including the return of former defender Ben Garuccio.

Following his two-year stint with Scottish side Heart of Midlothian.

His experience could be critical in boosting their defence.

Australian international Josh Brillante departed the club who made his way to Greek side Xanthi. Although there was a high rotation of players, City managed to remain relatively consistent.

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When it comes to scoring at home, no one has had more success than City.

The side managed to score 35 goals at home in the 2015/16 A-League season. They will need to replicate this form if they want to secure the league this year.

Key player
Jamie Maclaren. As City’s front man and last season’s golden boot winner, Maclaren gives the side a clear point of attack with a prolific eye for goal.

The 27-year-old star averaged a league high of 23 goals and with his dynamic movement inside and outside of the box, he is always a threat to score.

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He is a proven goal scorer and effective front man, from his days at Brisbane Roar scoring 40 goals. Although since his move down to Melbourne, not only has he been scoring bags of goals, he has been scoring at a faster rate. Having already stated his desire to lift a trophy again this year, to add to his 2019/20 A-League Golden Boot award.

One to watch…
Connor Metcalfe. As a young 21-year-old Metcalfe has already shown maturity beyond his years with his touch and passing range.

Having played 16 games in the 2019/20 season, Metcalfe will be hoping to more games and establish a more solidified spot in the side.

With an established place in the Olyroos he is poised to miss a few games. Though with the capability of being positioned anywhere in the midfield, Kisnorbo will want to explore that.

INS: Ben Garuccio (Heart of Midlothian), Aiden O’Neill (Burnley, England), Andrew Nabbout (Perth Glory) , Taras Gomulka (Adelaide United) , Marco Tilio (Sydney FC), Matthew Sutton (Melbourne Victory) , Naoki Tsubaki (Yokohama F. Marinos, Japan)

OUTS: Denis Genreau, Dean Bouzanis, Lachlan Wales, Moudi Najjar, Joe Gauci, Ramy Najjarine, Joshua Brillante, Yaya Dukuly, Gianluca Iannucci, Markel Susaeta

Full squad list 

Goalkeepers: Tom Glover, Matthew Sutton 

Defenders: Scott Galloway, Curtis Good, Scott Jamieson, Kerrin Stokes, Ben Garuccio,

Midfielders: Idrus Abdulahi, Nathaniel Atkinson, Florin Berenguer, Joshua Brillante, Stefan Colakovski, Rostyn Griffiths, Adrian Luna, Connor Metcalfe, Ramy Najjarine, Aiden O’Niell, Taras Gomulka

Forwards: Raphael Borges Rodrigues, Jamie Maclaren, Moudi Najjar, Craig Noone, Bernardo Oliveria, Andrew Nabbout, Marco Tilio, Naoku Tsubaki

Feature image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Pokuah Frimpong
Pokuah Frimpong
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