Five A-League players who are in the wrong position

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It’s not uncommon to watch a game of football and notice that a player seems to be in the wrong position.

It may be a defender who swears he’s a striker. Or a midfielder who should definitely be playing in goals. It appears that the A-League is no different, with a number of players who need to be in a different position: whether that be in an attempt to salvage their career, or to simply better utilise their strengths.

Matt Simon

Current Position: Striker
Proposed New Position: Centre Back

The cult hero is known throughout the league as being an aggressive player. As a result, it should be no surprise that in 263 total matches since the 2006/07 season, he’s accrued 53 yellow cards and two reds.

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One thing is for sure – the 34-year-old certainly isn’t scared of putting in a tackle. With a bit of pace about him earlier in his career, and his aerial prowess he ticks a fair few requirements for a quality centre back. His main form of goals in recent years have been headers and penalties, both of which wouldn’t be taken away from him if he was to transition into defence. Other than his 56 goals, looking at his career stats, one could be forgiven for thinking Simon is in fact a defender. A bit of tackling practice wouldn’t hurt.

Rhyan Grant

Current Position: Right Back
Proposed New Position: Right Wing

Rhyan Grant’s game is exemplified by his extra-time grand final winner last season: a late run into the box to get on the end of a chipped through ball in the 100th minute is peak Rhyan Grant.

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His desire to get forward to assist in attacking situations and his crossing ability make him a quality candidate to play further up the pitch. With the fullback turning 30 this year, a switch to right wing could help reduce his workload.

Not having to bust his lungs in an attempt to get back and defend would surely benefit the man who possesses one of Australia’s current most iconic hairstyles. He also has a knack for popping up with a goal or an assist.

Liam Rose

Current Position: Centre Midfield
Proposed New Position: Centre Back

Rose’s ability on the ball can’t be denied but in the current football landscape, the ball-playing ability of centre defenders is more important than ever. Defensive midfielders also commonly possess many of the same qualities of a centre back.

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With Macarthur’s current crop of talent in central midfield it might not be the worst career move for Rose. Having had previous experience in the past playing in the centre of defence at the Mariners we may see the 22-year-old get more minutes there. Ante Milicic has already utilised him in this position off of the bench once.

Scott McDonald

Current Position: Striker
Proposed New Position: Centre Attacking Midfield

There’s no questioning the former Socceroo’s quality, however he isn’t the quickest striker going around. With young, quicker strikers coming through the ranks at the Roar, namely Dylan Wenzel-Halls, a drop back into the number 10 role could be beneficial.

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He wouldn’t lose the opportunity to score goals and his vision would be excellent in picking out passes to set up more goals. This isn’t an uncommon move for footballers. Wayne Rooney’s shift from striker to attacking midfield at Manchester United was greatly successful, for both player and club.

Liam Reddy

Current Position: Goalkeeper
Proposed New Position: Literally anywhere outfield

We’ve seen the 39-year-old’s desire to play outfield when he went on that infamous goalie run against Melbourne City. With his current employers being Reddy’s seventh club and with over 300 appearances, maybe his next challenge is a switch outfield. Although at 39, you’d think he’s running out of time if he is to fulfil this seeming desire of his.

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