Juric lauds Wheeler as the best player in the W-League

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Sydney FC head coach Ante Juric has heaped praise on Clare Wheeler and says if she is not the best player in the W-League, then he does not know who is.

Juric’s comments followed on from her role in Sydney’s 2-1 win over Adelaide United at Cromer Park on Sunday.

Wheeler was signed by Sydney in the off-season from the Newcastle Jets. She played a dominant role in the centre of midfield during the match, in a position she looks to have locked down.

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Juric said if he had to single someone out during the game, it was her.

“If she isn’t the best player in the league, then I don’t know who is,” he said.

“She is sensational, she is amazing. She is better than I thought [when I signed her] and I thought she was amazing.

“She is a superstar.”

Wheeler is only 23-years-old but she has a wealth of W-League experience, having made her debut at 15. The bulk of her time on the field has been as a defensive midfielder for the Jets. However, at Sydney she has played in a more attacking role in the centre of the park.

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Juric said Wheeler was enjoying her new lease of life and he expected to see her in a Matildas’ jersey imminently.

“She has given me more [than I expected of her]. We have given her attacking freedom and she has taken it. She has been amazing. I have no bad words for her,” he said.

“She should be a Matilda now. Not future. Next camp if she isn’t in the main camp, I would be shocked.”

Sydney’s win over Adelaide means the Sky Blues remain on top of the ladder for at least another week.

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Although Sydney lost their first game of the season last week, against Brisbane Roar, Juric said he never doubted his team would bounce back.

“Football games are football games,” he said.

“We lost so you move on and do the next thing – I never get too fussed or carried away.”

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