The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players that took part in Round 25 of the A-League Men season.
Despite the absence of Melbourne City and Sydney FC, who are still playing in the Asian Champions League, Round 25 of the A-League Men’s competition didn’t disappoint, providing a lot of action and great individual performances.
Following the latest set of fixtures, we’ve compiled the best XI from the stand-out performers, in The Inner Sanctum’s Team of the Week.
Goalkeeper and defenders
GK: Michael Weier (Newcastle Jets)
Arthur Papas decided to start Weier ahead of Jack Duncan, between the posts, and the former Hume City goalie repaid him by making six saves and keeping a clean sheet against the Bulls.
RB: Dane Ingham (Newcastle Jets)
Ingham returned to the starting XI against Macarthur and played a fantastic game. The 22-year-old defended expertly throughout the contest, making the most tackles out of any outfield player (three), and it was his cross that set up Beka Mikeltadze for Newcastle’s third goal.
CB: Alexandar Popovic (Adelaide United)
What a performance at the back from Popovic against Brisbane. The youngster won the most tackles, made seven ball recoveries, and won seven duels in total. It was his commanding display at the back which left the Roar frustrated going forward and incapable of bringing the likes of Henry Hore and Alex Parsons into the game.
CB: Kye Rowles (Central Coast Mariners)
Rowles makes our TOTW after an outstanding “man mountain” display against Western United. The Socceroo led by example, with 12 clearances, five ball recoveries, and winning 100 per cent of his ground duels.
LB: Jason Davidson (Melbourne Victory)
Melbourne Victory was electric going forward in their 3-1 win over Wellington Phoenix, and Davidson played a huge part in that. He picked up his third assist of the season with a sublime cross for Marco Rojas and could’ve had a couple more, especially considering that he made a total of seven key passes.
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DM: Rai Marchan (Melbourne Victory)
Marchan once again proved that he’s the orchestra of Popovic’s side. Against the Phoenix, he was literally everywhere, winning possession time and time again and driving his team forward.
CM: Jake Brimmer (Melbourne Victory)
Another Melbourne Victory win and another beguiling display from Jake Brimmer. The former Perth Glory midfielder scored his fourth goal of the season from the spot and was once again the glue that linked the midfield and attack for the team in navy blue.
RW: Marco Rojas (Melbourne Victory)
The “Kiwi Messi” scored a goal and assisted one, and dazzled the defence of his former team throughout the whole game at AAMI Park.
ST: Beka Mikeltadze (Newcastle Jets)
Mikeltadze ran the show for the Jets and Arthur Papas in the absence of the suspended Daniel Penha. The 24-year-old picked up an assist for Savvas Siatravanis’ opening goal, he also scored the goal to make it 3-0 with a delightful finish.
ST: Hiroshi Ibusuki (Adelaide United)
Scored his sixth goal of the season with a clever strike and proved to be a real handful for the Roar defenders at Hindmarsh. Both Carl Veart and Warren Moon praised Ibusuki after the game, which shows just how influential he has been for the Reds.
LW: Valentino Yuel (Newcastle Jets)
Yuel came off the bench for Newcastle, to replace the injured Savvas Siatravanis, and made the most of his chance. The South Sudanese international took his goal really well and was involved in almost everything positive for his team.
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