Friday, 9 May 2008

Adelaide United in disarray?

Success breeds...well possibly failure in Adelaide United's case.

Bruce Djite to FC Twente, Nathan Burns to a Norwegian Backwater, Cassio out for the whole season, Richie Alagich retired, Paul Agostino may or may not play each week, or any week. Things are looking bleak for Adelaide United in Season 4 if the above comes to fruition.

And if they qualify for the next round of the Asian Champions League they will be travelling midweek to Iran/Syria or Uzbekistan during the A-League season.

And with Bruce Djite and Paul Agostino back for selection they just might.

With a small squad, a depleted squad in terms of quality, don't be surprised of Coach Aurelio Vidmar is not too disappointed if his side misses out on ACL qualification.

If Djite and Burns leave, United may well be fighting Perth for bottom place!

Who can replace them?

Sure there maybe a couple of young boys coming through but it could take three years before they are at the standard of Burns and Djite.

Overseas players are risky and cost. Mario Jardel, Juninho, Bobby Petta the list goes on.

Paul Agostino returned last season but offered little. He may yet come good. But he won't bring youthful pace to the game.

Of course our young talents will always go. And FC Twente would be a great move for Djite.

And that is about the level that all our Olyroos should be aiming for.

Norway? Brann Bergen. Forget it Nathan, it's just not worth it.

So if the young hotshots go, and they will, poor old Aurelio Vidmar. Poor old Adelaide United.


Anonymous said...

it`d be a pretty sad state of affairs if AU didn`t give this ACL campaign their best shot. who knows when they`ll be back?

if they can remember to defend and find an ok striker overseas they could do better than last year. they probably need more from sarkies. can they pick up a young talent overseas who is on a bench/in a rut?

perth has just lost a lot of talent (has the young striker left yet?). and qld will probably be luck if they get another year with zullo, kruse and minniecon. young talent will leave. the big question will be which club is the first to get a decent transfer fee out of them (sfc with carney does not count).


Eamonn said...

Hi Clayton

it's going to be a continual problem for awhile.

Players proving themselves then heading o/s leaving opportunities for others, younger players but it takes a while for these guys to become first grade standard.

We need a wider pool of talent. The Youth League may help in time, but with the wide reach of other codes for athletes I doubt we are going to get two Burns or two Djite's in one year for sometime yet