End of 2020/21 season report card: Brisbane Roar

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Believe it or not, the 2020/21 premiership season is done and dusted.

Here at The Football Sack we like to investigate each and every squad’s performance throughout the season so let us take a look at how the guys up north held up this year.

Season summary

A finals spot was expected for a young Brisbane Roar side who started the season on fire. Four wins from five games saw them sit second on the ladder, the perfect mix of both youth and experience on display under first year coach Warren Moon.

This purple patch followed up by constant disappointment for the Roar faithful, unable to grab three points in their next eight games. Despite another four wins from five games following, inconsistency was a key theme for Brisbane as they put themselves under pressure for a finals berth on multiple occasions.

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Multiple distractions were a cause of concern for the Roar throughout the campaign, but still, plenty of positives can be found after securing a home elimination final against Adelaide.

Areas of excellence

Their youth is the obvious choice for a Roar outfit spoilt for choice. Moon was not shy in sharing his opinions on rewarding young talent with starting minutes and lived by the mantra.

Moon blooded eight debutants in the 2020/21 season, including finals star Alex Parsons and fellow midfielder Jesse Daley, along with rewarding NPL talent such as Josh Brindell-South for their continued rise.

The future is bright in the sunshine state after what their young crop showed throughout the campaign.

Areas of improvement

Scoring goals was once again a problem for the Roar in 2020/21. After starting the season in red-hot goalscoring form with 13 goals in their opening five matches, they only managed to add an extra 23 goals for the rest of the season.

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They lacked the clinical nature in front of goal that we often see from the best sides in the competition like Sydney FC and Melbourne City.

They finished the season with a shocking conversion rate of only 12 per cent in front of goal.

Top student

Riku Danzaki. The Japanese import did not take long to adapt to his new surroundings and became a creative spark in the midfield for Brisbane.

His pace off the mark, coupled with the skill and trickery he possesses, made life difficult for every defender. The 21-year-old ended up contributing nine goals and one assist in his maiden A-League season and the Roar will be desperate to keep him at the club for next year’s campaign.

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Class clown

Masato Kudo. While one Japanese import shone like the rising sun, the other was less impressive.

Kudo barely touched the field this season, playing only 14 matches and managing two starts. The 31-year-old was brought in for his experience more than anything else, but it still would have been nice if he contributed on the scoreboard.

Grade: – B

Outlook

Despite a disappointing early finals exit, there were plenty of positives for Moon’s team.

One positive that will give fans confidence in the future will be the side’s development of National Premier League and Academy talents.

Moon put total faith in these youngsters, and players like Alex Parsons, Kai Trewin and Cyrus Dehmie repaid the coach with regular standout performances.

Overall, there are many things that Roar fans have to look forward to.

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Matthew Tsimpikas
Sports lover studying journalism at the Queensland University of Technology. Covering Brisbane Roar FC in the 2020/21 A-League and W-League.
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