The A-League best and worst: Marcin Budzinski starting to make a fool of us

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There has been plenty of egg on face after Melbourne City's Polish marquee has impressed in his early performances.

Marcin Budzinski?

How can he be Melbourne City's marquee? He has never played outside of his native Poland and has never been capped for the national team?

In comparison, Sydney FC's Polish marquee Adrian Mierzejewski has 40 caps and must be a far better player.

This was the opinion I formed, and also the thoughts of many respected football critics, when City announced Budzinski as their salary cap exempt signing.

In fact, during a conversation I had with one of Melbourne City's staff, they said he was the 'Polish Steven Gerrard' - a description that I found quite amusing.

 

 

 

But as pointed out by  The Australian's  Ray Gatt, gun City striker Bruno Fornaroli had a lack of profile when he joined in 2015-16 - and he is one of the greatest players to have featured in the league.

And if you think back, the same goes with Besart Berisha and Thomas Broich - two players whose previous playing exploits gave no clue to the impact they would have on Australian football.

While Budzinski faces a mountainous task of living up to three previously mentioned players, his first two matches for Warren Joyce's team have been encouraging, despite both being from the bench.

His winning goal in Saturday night's Melbourne derby was extremely impressive in the way he found space in the penalty area and finished clinically from a tight angle.

He has also looks very tidy on the ball, with clever movement and a good range of passing.

Early glimpses show Joyce has a quality player on his hands, and maybe some of us won't be so quick to judge next time.

Marcin Budzinski Melbourne City

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi has been angered by criticism surrounding the age profile of his squad but their opening two performances have certainly fitted the narrative.

Aloisi has claimed his team has had an interrupted pre-season, but as pointed out by Ned Zelic on Sunday Shootout,  the Australian off-season is one of the longest in the world so that excuse is quite thin.

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It doesn't help that French marquee signing Eric Bautheac is having visa issues and is yet to enter the country, but if the Roar are hoping one player will transform their squad, it's going to be a long season.

Something seems amiss at the Roar currently and if they suffer another defeat when they take on Newcastle at Suncorp on Sunday, Aloisi could find himself beginning to be under pressure.

This fixture has traditionally been a bogey match for Roar too, having lost 10 of 19 matches against the Jets at home.

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