A-League: Five players ready to dominate the competition

Kosta Barbarouses Sydney

With the A-League finally set to begin, several stars look ready to make their mark on the competition.

Despite suggestions the league is lacking entertainment, these five players can be backed to get supporters excited this season.

Goal takes a look at the superstar quintet...

  • Alessandro Diamanti Western United

    1Alessandro Diamanti (Western United)

    The Italian playmaker was only denied a previous move to Melbourne Victory in 2016 after the FFA deemed him not worthy of their marquee money.

    Ironically, Diamanti is now the captain and face of new Melbourne-based franchise Western United.

    The 36-year-old will be a delight to watch as he terrorises midfields and defences with his movement and passing.

    Expect to see the likes of Besart Berisha and Scott McDonald on the end of some Diamanti magic this season.

  • Bruno Fornaroli Perth Glory

    2Bruno Fornaroli (Perth Glory)

    It's been nearly a full year since Fornaroli has played in the A-League, after being frozen out by his Melbourne City coach Warren Joyce.

    The 32-year-old was lethal in front of goal during his first two campaigns at City, scoring 24 goals (2015-16) and 17 (2016-17) before an ankle fracture wiped out his 2017-18 season.

    Now at Premiers Perth Glory, under master coach Tony Popovic, Fornaroli will be the number one striker after Andy Keogh packed his bags for the Middle East.

    The prospect of Diego Castro, Neil Kilkenny and Chris Ikonomidis feeding balls to the clinical Uruguayan striker is something to look forward to.

  • Alexander Meier Eintracht FrankfurtGetty Images

    3Alexander Meier (Western Sydney Wanderers)

    Out of the blue and into the red and black. It was a surprise when legendary German striker Meier was unveiled as the new Wanderers centre forward.

    German coach Markus Babbel made use of his connections to bring the 36-year-old Down Under as one of the A-League's highest profile recruits.

    Meier was the Bundesliga's top scorer in 2014-15 with 19 goals for Eintracht Frankfurt and reached double figures for strikes in two further seasons.

    The 196cm striker will be a nightmare for A-League defenders to handle and if the Wanderers can provide good service, expect him to be one of the stars of the competition.

  • Andrew Nabbout Melbourne Victory

    4Andrew Nabbout (Melbourne Victory)

    After a season abroad in Japan, Nabbout has returned to Melbourne Victory - the place where his A-League began in 2013.

    Before he left for Urawa Reds, the 26-year-old established himself as one of the stars of the A-League with the Newcastle Jets, scoring 18 goals in 46 matches for the Hunter Valley club.

    Nabbout also led the line for the Socceroos at the 2014 World Cup, starting the first two matches before dislocating his shoulder and missing the final group game.

    His pre-season at Melbourne Victory has been flawless with regular goals and linking up menacingly with captain Ola Toivonen.

    Nabbout looks to be entering this prime of his career and there is a good chance they won't be missing Kosta Barbarouses too much.

  • Kosta Barbarouses Sydney FC

    5Kosta Barbarouses (Sydney FC)

    The New Zealand international made the shock move from Victory to Sydney FC in the off-season and is set to form a partnership with Adam Le Fondre.

    Barbarouses has never been particularly prolific in front of goal until last season, when he scored 14 goals in 27 matches for Victory and also hit the back of the net in their elimination final win against Wellington.

    The 29-year-old is another striker hitting his prime and he is likely to thrive off the service from the likes of Milos Ninkovic and Alexander Baumjohann.

    The only question mark over the partnership to be formed with strike partner Le Fondre, is that both players are similar and like to get in behind the defence.

    There is no doubt Barbarouses will score goals this season and it's going to be a magnificent night when he comes up against his former team.