What Perth Glory need to improve on for next season

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It was the toughest campaign for Perth Glory since their commencement in the A-League Men and here at The Football Sack we want to share some insight as to what Glory could do to improve for the 2022/23 season.

Finishing last leaves endless opportunities to nit-pick at areas of improvement for next season. Glory’s biggest issue this campaign was perhaps all the small issues that complied into one big, unfixable mess.

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The obvious issue for Perth all season long was there attack.,

It was a matter of watching on from the sidelines as Glory missed countless opportunities throughout the season. Not even import signing Adrian Sardinero nor Daniel Sturridge sent the ball into the back of the net once this season which was the main reason these players were recruited in the first place.

A decision which may have been intended to lighten the workload for Bruno Fornaroli ended up doing the opposite, making Glory’s golden boot winner double his work rate as the two newcomers failed to get their name on the scoresheet.

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This rolls into the next area of improvement which is recruitment and the rebuild.

Glory fell victim to injuries this season, at one stage there were up to 13 players out at the same time. Following Ruben Zadkovich’s arrival to the squad, we saw a team which first kicked off the season with tenure only to turn back time which saw 11 academy products step up to fill Glory’s injury void.

We have heard about Glory’s rebuild for weeks, if not months, now – something which Zadkovich had taken the initiative to start but it is still up in the air if he will be the one to finish it.

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The sooner Glory announce who will officially take over as head coach, the sooner they can sort their act out. The club delayed the announcement, something which was meant to occur during Glory’s awards night, confirming during the ceremony that the club is still undergoing interviews for the role.

To date, it is too early to confirm who will be a part of the side next season, who will be given the boot and who will be joining.

All we know so far is Josh Rawlins will depart the club for an overseas venture, while Darryl Lachman has committed to Glory for another two years.

Whether or not Perth decide to bring in a marquee for the next season is unknown but considering the underwhelming experience from the likes of Brad Jones and Sturridge, it might not be the right piece to their puzzle.

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If Zadkovich remains in charge, he may pick his top youth contenders or he may need a bit more horsepower to deliver the standard of football he has in mind.

Following his reign into the next season, Zadkovich has expressed his intentions of playing an attacking style game, so it will not be a surprise if this is one of the key focus areas of recruitment for the next campaign.

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A strong team requires a stable foundation and that is where it starts for these guys; building from the ground up. Once the head coach has been officially established and Glory confirms squad releases and signings, it will truly mark the start of the rebuild and will allow fans to anticipate what kind of season the next one may look like.

Speaking of fans, while they endured a chaotic season of doubts, frustration, and questions, it will be important to be realistic during the rebuilding phase which will take time, potentially years, to achieve top-table success once again.

Feature Image credit: Darren Speedie

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Ash Ramos
Journalism student at Curtin University covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-leagues season. Siuuu

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