W-League mid-season report card: Western Sydney Wanderers

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With nearly half the season gone in the W-League, now is a perfect time to assess the good and bad of each club.

Semester summary: Backing up from their most successful season in W-League history has proven a difficult task for the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Halfway through their campaign, the Wander Women languish in eighth place on the league table after recording just one win and one draw from their first six matches.

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They got off to a poor start, thumped 3-0 by Sydney FC in their season opener before bouncing back with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Newcastle Jets.

This was followed by a run of three consecutive defeats by an aggregate score of 9-1, but they showed real fight in their most recent outing, a 2-2 draw with Adelaide United.

Areas of excellence: Exciting youth.

Not much has gone to plan for the Wanderers this season, however their brigade of promising young players has been a real highlight.

The Wanderers’ only win of the season came through a brace from Rosie Galea while Sarah Hunter singlehandedly salvaged a point against Adelaide with her first two W-League goals.

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Rookies Margaux Chauvet and Bryleeh Henry also look to have very bright futures ahead of them.

Areas in need of improvement: Attack.

The Wanderers have registered just five goals from six games this season, which makes for awfully bad reading. They tend to have a fair share of possession in most games but struggle to create chances.

However it isn’t fair to lay all the blame on the attack – when you are also conceding 15 goals in six games, you are giving yourself next to no chance of being competitive.

Top student: Georgia Yeoman-Dale has been a real shining light.

After spending 18 months out of the game through injury, she has hit the ground running in her return to the W-League and Western Sydney Wanderers this season.

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Yeoman-Dale puts in workhorse performances week after week and scored a stunning long-range goal against Newcastle Jets in round five.

She has also proven to be a popular side line commentator this season, a rare highlight of Fox Sports’ W-League coverage.

Needs improvement: Leena Khamis has not quite had the impact she would have aimed for when she returned to the club this season.

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A W-League legend, she has started up front in all six of the Wanderers’ matches this season but is yet to find the back of the net.

And with her team desperately struggling to score, she really needs to step up with a few goals to get the Wanderers’ attack firing.

Grade: D-

Outlook: It has been a poor start, but there is still hope.

With another six regular season matches to play, the Wanderers sit just six points outside the top four, meaning a couple of wins is all it will take to put them back into finals contention.

Whether they can match it with the league’s top sides is doubtful but if they can squeeze their way into a finals position who knows what can happen?

Feature Image: Steve Christo

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Jye Campbell
Journalism student at Western Sydney. Love my football (#lazoumance) and rugby league (#pantherpride). Advocate for FIFA Career Modes. Covering Western Sydney Wanderers in both A-League and W-League for the 2020/21 season.

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