Woeful Wanderers wasting early momentum

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Western Sydney Wanderers fans were hoping 2022/23 could be a much-needed return to winning ways, but despite a bright start this side doesn’t look capable of succeeding long term.

After three weeks off due to the World Cup, the Wanderers returned to action against Western United on Sunday afternoon.

Based on the 1-0 loss, they are clearly yet to work out how to actually attack.

Chasing the game for over an hour was a painful watch as Western Sydney struggled for ideas when in possession.

While Western United sat back and achieved plenty of success last season from similar positions, the Wanderers’ struggles in the final third are a huge red flag.

Marko Rudan’s team look to be lacking both a reliable goalscorer and consistently creative outlet.

Western Sydney are no strangers to forwards that flop and Sulejman Krpic isn’t inspiring a lot of confidence after eight games.

He missed two great chances against Western United and seems to lack the edge required up front. While his work rate suits a Rudan team, such a defensive system requires the striker to take what few chances they do get.

To Krpic’s defence, he hasn’t had a whole lot of service this season. The Wanderers don’t appear to possess an attacking playmaker that can create something from nothing up front.

Milos Ninkovic isn’t what he used to be, while other central midfielders seem to lack that attacking edge.

This Western Sydney outfit is unashamedly built around defence and they’ve done a pretty good job so far.

But defence alone doesn’t win titles and recent evidence suggest the Wanderers could be lacking in key areas moving forward.

While currently sitting pretty in second, I’d bet there’s a fair chance the Red and Black’s final drought continues – particularly with Ozwin casino bonus codes.

The Wanderers could yet find their feet in the final third but the early evidence suggests the coming season could bring with it few goals and ultimately few reasons to cheer come season’s end.

Feature image credit: Steve Christo

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