Jamie Maclaren (Perth), George Lambadaridis (injury replacement), Corona (Almería)
It must be an odd feeling to be a Brisbane fan at the moment. The off-season has been dogged by ownership drama, and the arrival of John Aloisi in a managerial capacity was poorly received – in the sense that the former Heart man might be a step down in prestige from several previous managers.
However, the nucleus of the team that scraped into the finals last season remains intact bar the loss of Luke Brattan. Aloisi has quality at his disposal – but is he the man to turn around what looks to be a team on the decline?
Brisbane have found pre-season indifferent, beating Villareal comfortably but struggling against the two poorest A-League outfits of last season in the Jets and the Wanderers. Former Perth man Jamie Maclaren has netted eight times (incredibly all in the one game) whilst Steven Lustica, Dimi Petratos and Brandon Borello all have three goals apiece.
Pre-season has also seen Aloisi employ, amongst others, a 4-3-3 formation that logically has been devised to utilize the speed the side possess up front.
Brisbane Roar likely first-choice XI
You should consider…
As always, Thomas Broich (325k) looks the main Brisbane contender for a role in the Fantasy lineup of many managers. Whilst the German’s output was hampered last campaign by both an under-performing team and a few niggling injury problems, he has by all accounts been on fire during pre-season. As a premium-valued midfielder, Fantasy managers can’t afford to wait around for Broich to deliver as he did in patches last season – but Aloisi will look to build his team around his main man, which should ensure Broich is back amongst the big hitters again this campaign.
There are arguably more glamorous options at 250k than Jamie Maclaren, but if (and it looks almost a certainty) he’s charged with leading the line this season, there might not be a more practical selection. Roar should enjoy a lot of profit on the counter attack this season and with Maclaren spearheading the line with the no. 9 on his back, I think there’s every chance he’ll be challenging for golden boot honours.
You should avoid…
The Roar defence. Brisbane conceded a range of avoidable goals last season and there’s a big doubt over John Aloisi’s ability to implement a regimented defensive structure. The returning Michael Theo in particular, who has a price of 275k, looks like a red herring.