Fox Sports Preview- Brisbane Roar

Below is what Fox Sports Football and news limited journalist David Davudtovic has to say about Brisbane’s chances for the upcoming season. He also previewed Sydney and Melbourne Heart today- have a read here if you wish:

David Davutovic says this is Brisbane's strongest XI- Im not so sure (Fox Sports)

David Davutovic says this is Brisbane’s strongest XI- Im not so sure (Fox Sports)

BRISBANE ROAR

Coach: Mike Mulvey

Ins: Liam Miller (Perth), Dimitri Petratos (Kelantan, MAL), Diogo Ferreira (Victory), Corey Brown, George Lambadardis (promoted from youth team)

Outs: Ben Halloran (Fortuna Dusseldorf, GER), Steven Lustica (Hajduk Split – loan expired), Matthew Jurman (Sydney FC), Massimo Murdocca (Heart), Stefan Nijland (loan expired)

Squad size: 18

Foreign spots left: 1 (Broich, Berisha, Henrique, Miller)

Last piece of the jigsaw: Roar’s first 11 is as good as anyone’s, but it lacks depth. There’s little room left in the salary cap but a versatile midfielder, with offensive strengths, would give Mike Mulvey another inexpensive but quality option.

Verdict: Brisbane has arguably the best first 11 in the A-League but thereafter it drops away significantly.

So their fortunes rest on two things: how healthy their squad stays and their final few signings.Most positions are pretty well covered so one or two decent versatile types would be great. Matt McKay is a massive plus and no doubt he will fill a midfield position despite spending most of his time with the Socceroos at left back recently, and Liam Miller adds a touch of class to the attacking third along with Thomas Broich and Besart Berisha. If Henrique’s injury troubles continue expect Ivan Franjic to push up and play on the right wing as he did for the latter part of last season.

The first thing id point out is that there are actually 19 contracted players to the first team as things stand, which means that atleast 1 more player must be either signed or promoted to the first team- unless Kofi Danning is counted in that, but it was said he’s a non-playing member of the squad whose just rehabbing.

Beyond that- those who’ve watched in pre-season know that Henrique is not likely to be considered a starter at the start of the season- infact he’s currently out injured with a knee injury and wont be fit for the start of the year. Therefore Hingert will start on the right side of defence, while Franjic will continue in his right sided attacking role which worked so well last season. I take his point about a potential lack of depth, because there are a lot of youngsters who aren’t yet fully proven at the level- but there are some promising players in the squad.

The A-League kicks off in about a months, and we’ll be doing our own comprehensive preview series, starting later in the month.

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