Sydney FC 2022/23 Season Preview

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It’s all about fresh starts for Sydney FC, but will a new squad and new stadium be enough to put last season’s disappointment behind them?

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Last season…

A-League Men: 8th

Finals: N/A

They’ll win the league because…

This season is a time for new beginnings for Sydney FC. There are lots of fresh faces looking to shine some new light into the squad, plus an exciting rebuild and revamp of their home ground, Allianz Stadium, will certainly add some fuel to their fire.

After a disappointing eighth-place finish last season, the Sky Blues will be taking the clean slate as an opportunity to kick off this season with a new positive outlook. Head coach Steve Corica has big plans to switch up the structure of their game, with the new strategy being width. They will be playing with wingers, rather than relying on the backline to push it wide, as a part of the formula to avoid reliving last season’s disappointment.

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Corica’s past successes with this team is also something to note coming into this new season. Sydney FC have seen three out of four grand finals and have taken home two championships and a premiership with Corica at the reins. He’s done it before, and he can absolutely do it again.

With a confident coach and lots of promising changes, there is no doubt that Sydney FC will be putting the past behind them and striding right to the top to take home that title, just as they were once known to do.

They’ll be cellar dwellers because…

Sometimes too much change can simply be a little too much. Starting fresh can sound all well and good in theory, but when it comes to actually putting the practice into play, there are a lot of gaps where things can easily fall south for the Sky Blues.

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Firstly, drastic changes to the squad means that Sydney FC will be suffering the loss of some key players this season. The absence of Milos Ninkovic for the first time in seven years will be a tough one to chew. Alongside this, the Golden Boot winner for the 2020/21 A-League Men season, and star striker, Bobô, announced his retirement at the beginning of this year, another loss that is sure to leave a troubling bruise for the Sky Blues entering this new era.

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Second, with this year’s excessive list of ins and outs, there is some concern as to whether or not this new team will be able to gel.

Change is good. But the question remains if these changes will lift Sydney FC up or end up pushing them further into the ground.

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Despite last season’s bump in the road, Sydney FC is currently sitting at the top for the most wins in A-League Men’s history. They also hold the record for the most goals scored in a season.

The off-season brought…

A window of hope for the Sky Blues. With umpteen new recruits slotted in nicely between a strong selection of familiar faces, Sydney FC’s pre-season preparation has made this squad look to be quite a promising one. They made their way to the quarter-finals of the Australia Cup and secured three consecutive wins during their pre-season friendlies.

These off-season successes are a much-needed breath of fresh air for the Sky Blues.

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Key player

Luke Brattan.

Sydney FC’s Player of the Year will make his return to the grass this season after a year out due to injury.

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Brattan is expecting this season to be one of the best of his career, his enthusiasm is driven by his desire to make a powerful comeback. He is known to be one of the best midfielders in the country and his return is very reassuring for the Sky Blues in entering this new era of uncertainty.

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One to watch

Joe Lolley.

The 29-year-old from Premier League club, Nottingham Forest, has joined Sydney FC this season on a two-year contract. He is a highly experienced player who is expected to bring the quality and determination that the Sky Blues need to succeed this season.

Lolley was voted as Nottingham Forest’s Player of the Season in 2018/19 and is known for his impressive ability to carry the ball. His role as a winger will add a new dynamic to their game and all eyes will be on him to see if Corica’s new strategy will unfold neatly out on the field.

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Ins: Diego Caballo (CE Sabadell), Adrian Segecic, Corey Hollman, Jake Girdwood-Reich, Jaiden Kucharski, Aaron Gurd, Róbert Mak (Ferencvaros), Alex Parsons (Brisbane Roar), Jack Rodwell (Western Sydney Wanderers), Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forrest)

Outs: Milos Ninkovic, Bobô (retired), Michael Zullo, Kosta Barbarouses (Wellington Phoenix), Luciano Narsingh, Trent Buhagiar (Newcastle Jets), Mustafa Amini (Perth Glory), Harry Van Der Sag (Adelaide United), Callum Talbot (Melbourne City), Anton Mlinaric (Brisbane Roar), Liam McGing, Chris Zuvela, Calem Nieuwenhof (Western Sydney Wanderers), Ben Warland (Adelaide United), Elvis Kamsoba

Full squad list

Goalkeepers: Thomas Heward-Belle, Adam Pavlesic, Andrew Redmayne

Defenders: Aaron Gurd, Alex Wilkinson, Connor O’Toole, Diego Caballo, James Donachie, Rhyan Grant

Midfielders: Adrian Segecic, Anthony Cáceres, Corey Hollman, Jack Rodwell, Jake Girdwood-Reich, Max Burgess, Luke Brattan, Oscar Priestman, Patrick Yazbek, Paulo Retre, Róbert Mak

Forwards: Alex Parsons, Adam Le Fondre, Jaiden Kucharski, Joe Lolley, Luka Smyth, Patrick Wood

Feature image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Studying a Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong. Covering Sydney FC for the 2022/23 season.

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