I was asked at the weekend if this Perth Glory team was the worst in the Hyundai A league this year. Despite the personnel, and the fact that I predicted they would come third in the league this year, I had to say that I felt that performance-wise they were one of the worst.
This however had me thinking later as to who would make a team of their worst signings since the A league started and how they would match up against the worst NSL signings. I have to say it was a lot easier filling the A league side than the NSL one, so much so that we had to resort to picking players purely due to the lack of appearances rather than their lack of football ability.
The likes of Brian Deane Matthew Mayora and Lukas Glavas are lucky that since the A league the Glory have continually signed poor strikers.
My line up playing 4-4-2 would be as follows:
GK Frank Juric – turned up overweight and never looked like getting fit enough to be an asset.
Steve McMahon Jnr – Simply not good enough and never would have made it if his father hadn’t signed him
Ryan Townsend – lacked the pace to hold a place in this league despite dominating in the State league
Josh Mitchell – Touch and go between him and Mark Roberston, but the latter was on his last legs when he signed whereas Mitchell had no excuses.
Tyler Simpson – Short term cover for four games who did a job but never looked a regular starter.
Mile Sterjovski – Makes the team in terms of his performance against being a marquee player. No doubt has talent but has seriously underachieved.
Anthony Danze – Had talent, but simply didn’t have the hunger or the desire to play football.
Daniel Vasilevski – Signed yet never managed to break into the side
Stan Lazaridis – The same as Mile, marquee player who simply did not deliver and his money per game ratio makes him one of the worst investments the club has made
Mate Dragičević – Simply never up to the standard, and never looked like scoring.
Neil Teggart – Never made the starting line up due to injury, seemed to enjoy life in Perth, but not playing football and went home early.
Subs: Saric, Fa’arodo, Jordan Simpson and Jovanic
With the NSL side as mentioned it has been hard to find players who were poor in the midfield, as this was one of the team’s strengths with the likes of Paul McVittie, Gareth Naven, Edgar Junior, Troy Halpin, Con Boutsianis, Ivan Ergic and Andre Gumprecht. So we have plumped for a 4-3-3 formation.
Vince Matassa – Very hard to pick a goalkeeper as in the NSL the Glory always had strength and depth in this position, Matassa played the least games without playing overseas, so gets the nod.
Vlad Beretovac – The first Glory player to receive a red card, but again not that bad a player, but the standard was higher then.
Mohammed Mouhouti – I have to say I could not even remember him playing for Perth Glory when Mich d’Avray was coach so for that alone he gets a berth
Hamilton Thorp – Although used as a forward as well as a defender, his substitution before half time and shirt throw will always be remembered. Struggled to settle in.
Vasco Trpcevski – Touted as a star of the future, but never broke through and disappeared from the top level very quickly.
PJ Roberts – Another player who simply could not break into a very good side on a regular basis due to the depth of talent.
Doug Ithier – Probably remembered for his hair more than his flair as he imposed himself in the middle of the park. A lack of poor midfielders sees him unfortunate to slot into this side after playing professionally for five years after leaving Glory..
Antonio Naglieri – purely because he only managed one start in the side. Has shown the talent that got him signed in the State league.
Peter Anosike – Left as quickly as he arrived and probably just as well, however he did score in his five appearances.
Peter Buljan – Lacked the physical presence to dominate up front and with one goal in 21 appearances didn’t cut the mustard.
Aurelio Schwertz –Not the most memorable Brazilian, but again when he played did a job as four goals in 15 games shows.
Subs: (Based solely on lack of appearances as all had only one, except Milosevic who had the next least of the ‘keepers) Aaron Cole, Shane Crampton and Dean Apelgren (only 18 at the time).
One has to say that the NSL side looks by far the stronger team on paper and would be tipped to beat the A League team. This is sadly a reflection on how far the Glory have fallen.
Let us know your teams and if you agree that the NSL side would beat the A League one.