End of 2020/21 season report card: Perth Glory

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Believe 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 way out West held up this year.

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Season summary

Perth Glory had a rocky season and it ended rather disappointingly, with the squad finishing up in ninth position.

They came out strong with very high scoring, close games in the first few round before taking a turn for the worst mid-season and copping a 10-game winless streak that consisted of four draws and six losses.

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Things started to look up when the team pulled their act together as we got to the finer end of the season, the side sky-rocketed up the ladder to sit equal seventh, getting to the point where every game counted as they looked to make finals.

Unfortunately, a series of draws saw them unable to produce the points needed to break into the top six, leaving them out of the finals.

Areas of Excellence

Though there are many areas you could claim to be Glory’s strength, this season a notable attribute of the club is their overall growth as a squad.

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This season’s outfit consisted of several youth league players that, in conjunction with travel to QATAR, left them ill-prepared to come into the season as a unified squad.

Throughout the season coach Richard Garcia always emphasised solidification as a key aspect of improvement for the squad and fans really saw that come together towards the end of the season in their flurry of wins.

It is an attribute that is ultimately owed to Garcia’s patience and ability to never give up on the squad when times got tough and prove his worth as a new coach in the league.

Areas in need of improvement

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Defence.

The downfall of Glory ultimately came down to their ability to concede several goals, many of which, could easily have been stopped.

Though their ball movement was not too sharp either most of the time, it was the side’s inability to prevent scoring that caused their demise.

It was obvious, especially during their mid-season slump, that the side was becoming mentally frustrated with their poor results, which came out in their football. However, they learnt to conquer this mental battle and breakthrough towards the end, so the effort is being put in to mend this aspect of their game.

Top student

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Bruno Fornaroli. Not a shock, right? He was our mid-season top-runner as well and he has remained consistent up to now.

As the side’s leading goal scorer Fornaroli has come into clutch and save the game when it has mattered the most, demonstrating the skill level required of a professional sportsman to younger players and acting as a stellar role-model.

Despite Glory not always being able to steal the three points, Fornaroli was always sure to put on a show and leave fans wanting more.

Class clown

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Sebastian Langkamp. The German defender was brought in early in the season and advertised as a fearsome beast sure to make opponents shake in their boots. However, he is still yet to make an appearance with the side.

While fan can not be too upset given his several injuries and understanding the importance of recovery, it is upsetting to still be waiting on his skills as it is evident the squad’s defence clearly needed a helping hand.

We can only hope the 33-year-old is in top shape come next season and can prove his worth to the fans.

Grade: C-

Outlook

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Garcia has made it fairly clear throughout the season that this year was all about prepping for the next and refining the squad and their skillset to produce a lethal side in years to come.

Judging by their late season surge, the side certainly seems capable of becoming one to fear and will likely only get better. As the team continues to train and work together to understand how each individual player contributes to the squad and using that to their advantage.

It will be interesting to see how Glory grows in the coming season, as both Garcia and his young-gun side look to make a lasting impression on the league.

Feature Image Credit: Darren Speedie

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Breanna Redhead
WA based student journalist, covering Perth Glory for the 2020/21 A-League season
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