FFA: 10 best A-League players
David Carney is the other half in the Jets' contribution while Melbourne City, Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar all provide two players per-team.
1. Aaron Mooy (Melbourne City)
The Socceroos midfielder has been a delight to watch this season with six goals, seven assists, 21 successful dribbles and 43 chances created. No wonder Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou rates him the ‘best and most exciting’ player in the league.
2. Mitch Nichols (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Nichols has been reborn this season under Tony Popovic and isthriving in the no.10 role at Wanderland. The 26-year-old has an impressive goal return, has created 22 chances and looks ultra-fit and super confident.
3. Jamie Maclaren (Brisbane Roar)
The move across the other side of the country has paid off for the Perth-born striker. Maclaren has relished in being given a permanent starting role and is subsequently equal second in the league for goals scored with six. No wonder he’s being talked about as a Socceroo bolter.
4. Mark Birighitti (Newcastle Jets)
Birighitti looked like he could spend a lengthy time on the sidelines when he suffered a severe facial injury in Round 2, but he came back a week later and has been in scintillating form ever since. He leads the A-League for most saves, 35, and won some valuable points for the Jets almost on his own.
5. Bruno Fornaroli (Melbourne City)
The nifty Uruguayan has been a fantastic acquisition. In 10 games this season, Fornaroli has found the net nine times and leads the race for the golden boot. Throw in a couple of assists as well and you could say “The Prickly Pear” has been a peach of a signing for JVS.
6. Roly Bonevacia (Wellington Phoenix)
The Dutchman has provided so many moments of class this season and he’s delivered for Ernie Merrick’s troops with three goals, two assists and 14 successful dribbles. Has a contender for goal of the season as well with his pile-driver against Adelaide United in Round 6.
7. Andreu (Western Sydney Wanderers)
One third of the Wanderers’ Spanish armada, Andreu has undoubtedly had the biggest impact in the heart of midfield. A brilliant passer and calm on the ball, he sets the tempo for the Wanderers and has been the lynchpin for their charge to the top of the A-League ladder.
8. David Carney (Newcastle Jets)
If Birighitti has been the Jets’ last line of defence, Carney has been their shining light going forward. The ex-Socceroo has taken it upon himself to lead the young Newcastle squad.
9. Corona (Brisbane Roar)
Another import that has lit-up the competition in 2015/16. Corona oozes class. Has made the second-most (668) passes in the league this season, showing just how much he gets on the ball for John Aloisi’s side. And his set pieces are some of the best in the competition.
10. Gui Finkler (Melbourne Victory)
The Brazilian has been Victory’s most consistent player so far this season. A brilliant no.10, Finkler has scored three times this campaign, creating 22 chances and chipping in with an assist as well.