Bruno Fornaroli overshadows Sturridge show

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The lead up to Perth Glory’s season opener against Adelaide United had been dominated by one man.

#Fillthepark was the slogan and Daniel Sturridge was front and centre of the marketing. There is no doubt that the 17,198 strong crowd had turned out to see Sturridge make his debut.

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He received the loudest cheer during the pre-game announcement and chants of “we want Sturridge” could be heard throughout the stadium.

Anticipation grew during the game as the crowd awaited the introduction of the new signing. In the end they would have to settle for a 10-minute cameo off the bench, disappointing some fans.

Not to be outshone though, it was the Uruguayan striker that reminded the home fans of his quality as Bruno Fornaroli’s screamer from 30 yards lifted the roof off HBF park.

The touch, turn and strike was so good it has already received goal of the season shouts.

While the focus may have been on his teammates, the number nine will be happy to fly under the radar and continue to score goals.

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Coach Richard Garcia was full of praise for Fornaroli’s performance.

“He works hard for the team. He scores,” said Garcia.

“There’s a reason why he’s been here for a while and why he’s one of the best players in the league.”

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Garcia may have a selection headache as he tries to work the likes of Adrian Sardinero and Sturridge into the team. However, you can expect Fornaroli to remain an integral piece of this Glory side.

The 34-year-old winded the clock back with his performance, dropping deep to link play and causing the Adelaide defence all sorts of problems with his runs.

The striker will be hoping to improve on his figures from last season where he scored 13 goals and contributed five assists in 26 appearances for the club.

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Garcia says it’s just reward for his hard work over the off-season.

“I’m very pleased for him because he’s had a good preseason. I thought he had a fantastic season last season so he’s backing it up again.”

While Glory fans will have to wait a little longer for the full debut of Sturridge, they can rest easy knowing Fornaroli will continue to deliver.

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Featured image credit: Vision Inspired Photography / Perth Glory

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Lachlan Allen
Journalism student at Curtin University, covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-league season

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