The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players that took part in Round 11 of the A-League Men season.
Following a couple of quiet weeks, due to match postponements, The Inner Sanctum‘s TOTW is back in Round 11.
For some teams, it was a week to forget, but there were also plenty of players who made the latest round of fixtures very exciting.
Goalkeepr and defenders
GK: Alex Paulsen (Wellington Phoenix)
It was the third consecutive start for Paulsen, and his first appearance in our TOTW. The youngster shined in the absence of injured first-choice keeper Oliver Sail, making a total of seven saves and looking very confident for a 19-year-old.
RB: Antonee Burke-Gilroy (Perth Glory)
Burke-Gilroy did start further up the pitch for Perth, but he slots in at right-back in our Team of the Week. He impressed in both phases of the game against Sydney, assisting Bruno Fornaroli’s goal and later showing great resilience when Perth had to defend its lead.
CB: Darryl Lachman (Perth Glory)
Lachman was one of the main characters in Perth’s heroics against Sydney FC. The Curaçao international won two duels, made seven clearances, and completed eight ball recoveries in an almost perfect defensive performance.Embed from Getty Images
CB: Michael Jakobsen (Adelaide United)
The Danish defender had an excellent all-around game in which (according to FotMob) he won the most duels (nine), completed seven out of 11 long balls, and made five ball recoveries. Not bad for someone who just recently came out of COVID isolation.
LB: Jordan Bos (Melbourne City)
The young full-back was absolutely flying in his A-League debut. It was his individual raid that gave Jamie Maclaren the chance to open the scoring and even afterward, he was a constant menace for the Mariners’ defenders with his impressive dribbling.
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DM: Alex Rufer (Wellington Phoenix)
The Nix captain led by example in their Friday night win against Western United. The tall midfielder played one of his best games since the start of the season, contributing with a vital assist for Hooper’s winner. After the game, Ufuk Talay was full of praise for the New Zealand international.
CM: Florin Berenguer (Melbourne City)
Berenguer was at his creative best in City’s 3-1 win against the Central Coast Mariners. The Frenchman created a total of eight goal-scoring chances, and was involved in both the second and third goals.
RW: Gael Sandoval (Wellington Phoenix)
It took Wellington’s new Mexican import only 16 minutes to leave his mark on the A-League Men competition. He opened his goalscoring account with a tidy finish, and impressed with his close control and direct play.
ST: Marco Ureña (Central Coast Mariners)
Ureña was the best player in yellow and blue against City. He scored his third goal of the season with a fantastic curling effort and was a constant threat with his clever runs in behind the defence.
ST: Gary Hooper (Wellington Phoenix)
A goal and assist for the Englishman on his return to the starting XI was more than enough to secure him the Man of the Match award and a spot in our TOTW.
LW: Craig Goodwin (Adelaide United)
Goodwin continued his fine form against Brisbane at Moreton Daily Stadium. The Socceroo scored a brace to take his tally to five goals in nine A-League Men games. He was Adelaide’s most dangerous weapon, causing all sorts of problems for Jack Hingert, and later Louis Zabala.
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