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From Keisuke Honda to Ross McCormack: Every A-League foreign player rated

04:50 EAT 02/05/2019
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Which overseas stars shined and struggled in the A-League this season?

  • Isaias Sanchez Adelaide United

    #1 Adelaide United

    Michael Jakobsen: 7/10

    Has become a key figure at the back for the Reds but hasn't been quite as sharp as seasons gone by, boasting a tackle success rate of just 50 percent. 

    Mirko Boland: 6/10

    Has looked good when he's been able to get into games but the German has been held back by injury making just 13 appearances during the regular season to limit his overall impact.

    Isaías: 9/10

    Despite his advancing age, the Spaniard remains in brilliant form and has become a real leader of this Reds side. Four goals and two assists the silver-lining on a terrific individual campaign.

    Baba Diawara: 2/10

    Managed to play just 42 minutes of A-League this season and while he did score in the final match of the regular season against Brisbane Roar, the striker's injury-prone nature has made him a disastrous signing for Adelaide.

    Ken Ilsö: 5/10

    Used out of position and surprisingly sparingly by Marco Kurz, we never got to see the best of the Dane, whose season was cut short after a provisional drug ban. Did chip in with three goals across 19 appearances. 

    Jordy Thomassen: 2/10

    Another United striker that has failed to fire. Without a goal across nine games and the Dutchman has never really looked like scoring either. 

  • Brisbane Roar Eric Bautheac

    #2 Brisbane Roar

    Eric Bauthéac: 8/10

    Went up another gear this season in Brisbane and found a way to bag seven goals and add eight assists during an otherwise awful season for the Roar. 

    Avraam Papadopoulos: 5/10

    Played just nine games before injury and deciding to return to Greece. His departure certainly not helping what would become a shocking defence. 

    Thomas Kristensen: 5/10

    The big Dane looked like a passenger for most of the season and failed to give Roar's midfield the direction it sorely needed.

    Alex López: 6/10

    An underwhelming season overall from the Spaniard, who did show glimpses of class. Picked up three goals and one assist. 

    Tobias Mikkelsen: 6/10

    Used sparingly all season, the Dane never had the chance to consistently impress but was another that showed on occasion what he was capable of. 

    Henrique: 6/10

    Played his role as a super sub and even as a starter when needed chipping in with three goals and two assists. An Injury ultimately ending his season early and ensuring his Roar exit. 

  • Ross McCormack Central Coast Mariners

    #3 Central Coast Mariners

    Ross McCormack: 1/10

    The Scottish striker was trumped as the Mariners' main man but only played five matches - scoring one goal - before getting injured and cutting his loan spell short.

    Kalifa Cisse: 3/10

    The central defender came from great pedigree but at 35 years old his career was on the way out and couldn't perform at the standard required in the A-League. He retired in January to become a coach at the club.

    Tom Hiariej: 5/10

    Despite impressing last season in a midfield role, Hiariej had to battle to get into the team under Mike Mulvey and hasn't reached the heights he is capable of in a struggling team.

    Michael McGlinchey: 4/10

    Twenty appearances for no goals and assists says it all. Clearly getting closer to the end of his career at this level.

    Jem Karacan: 6/10

    Looked tidy at times but wasn't as dominant as you thought a player with Premier League experience should be. Is a decent player to build a midfield around and will be interesting to see if he stays.

    Sam Graham: 6/10

    Became a leader in the Mariners defence after joining on loan from Sheffield United but didn't look to be among the best defenders in the league.

    Stephen Mallon: 5/10

    Was a flashy performer down the left flank - after moving over from Sheffield with Graham - but too often lacked end product.

  • Ritchie De Laet Melbourne City

    #4 Melbourne City

    Ritchie de Laet: 8/10

    Despite traditionally being a defender, the Belgian finished the regular season as City's joint top scorer. Was able to step up in attack when needed and has been a very handy defensive outlet for Warren Joyce's side. 

    Bart Schenkeveld: 8/10

    Another very solid season from the centre-back, who won 71 per cent of his tackles and boasted a passing success rate of 91 per cent. 

    Florin Berenguer: 6/10

    Was lacklustre early on, but like City itself, has really found his feet at the back end of the season. Could prove a crucial link in ensuring the club fire in the finals. 

    Shayon Harrison: 7/10

    The Tottenham loanee has added a necessary spark to City's attack and boasts four goals from just 10 appearances. Still showing a few signs of inexperience but has looked sharper with every game and goal. 

    Bruno Fornaroli: 5/10

    Prior to being frozen out of the side, the striker did bag three goals across seven games in the league and FFA Cup. His absence up front was impossible to not notice early on. 

  • Toivonen/ Honda

    #5 Melbourne Victory

    Keisuke Honda: 8/10

    The Japanese marquee started on fire with five goals and three assists in his first eight matches but was slowed down by a hamstring injury that kept him out for two months. Will he step up in the finals?

    Ola Toivonen: 8/10

    Thirteen goals in 20 appearances is a superb return for the Swedish striker, who has consistently displayed his class finishing while establishing a deadly partnership with Kosta Barbarouses.

    Kosta Barbarouses: 9/10

    The Kiwi attacker shifted from wing to striker with incredible effect, scoring 14 goals - his biggest tally since nabbing 11 for Brisbane Roar in 2010-11. He has played every match as well and will need a strong finals series if Victory are to challenge.

    Raul Baena: 6/10

    Injury halted his settling-in process early in the season, but the Spanish midfielder has gradually become an indispensable part of the first team with his clever passing and tough tackling.

    Georg Niedermeier: 4/10

    Another Victory import to struggle with injury. Has looked okay when out on the park but his mobility is definitely declining with age. Appears to be fit at the pointy end of the season.

  • Ronald Vargas Newcastle Jets

    #6 Newcastle Jets

    Ronald Vargas: 6/10

    Five goals is a decent return for a playmaker but the fact he didn't manage to make an assist is not good enough for a foreign marquee in his position. Has been let go by the club.

    Roy O'Donovan: 8/10

    Wasn't able to get on the park until round nine because of suspension but will be happy with his 11-goal haul. The Jets may have made the finals with him in the team from round one.

    Jair: 3/10

    Had struggled in the Chinese second division before coming to Australia and nothing really changed once he pulled on a Jets shirt. Two goals and one assist isn't a good return for an attacker.

    Matthew Ridenton: 5/10

    Was tipped to move to a higher level after transferring from Wellington to the Hunter but couldn't establish himself in the first team. Has signed a two-year deal so next season is make-or-break.

  • Diego Castro Perth Glory

    #7 Perth Glory

    Diego Castro: 9/10

    The Spanish maestro has been a key reason for Perth's dominance this season, scoring seven goals and getting six assists. Despite having injury problems to start the campaign, Castro has proved to be one of the league's most dangerous attackers at 36 and is a favourite to win the Johnny Warren medal.

    Andy Keogh: 8/10

    His fifteen goals is his best return in five seasons at the Glory and is nine more than he managed last campaign. The Irish striker has been a superb addition to the A-League - reaching double figures in goals on four occasions.

    Juande: 7/10

    An unsung hero in Perth's midfield. He was interestingly voted by Glory's players as the team's player of the year. His holding midfield work allows Neil Kilkenny to play a more wide-ranging role in both defence and attack.

    Fabio Ferreira: 5/10

    Was signed as a squad player and has done his bit to chop out the team's more important players when needed.

  • Adam Le Fondre Sydney FCq

    #8 Sydney FC

    Adam Le Fondre: 9/10

    The English striker has shown superb finishing in his first season in the A-League, scoring 16 goals in 27 matches. He'll be a strong contender for Sydney's player of the year.

    Milos Ninkovic: 7/10

    It hasn't been the Serbian's best campaign but he is still arguably Sydney's most influential player. His two goals and five assists is a low return for a player of his quality however.

    Siem De Jong: 6/10

    The Dutch attacker has been superb while on the park but has only managed 15 appearances because of a variety of injuries. He appears to have his body right for finals and will need to perform at a high level for the Sky Blues to challenge.

    Jop van der Linden: 2/10

    After starting the season as first-choice centre back, the Dutch defender was quickly phased out when it showed he was not up to the task.

    Reza Ghoochannejhad: 5/10

    The Iranian striker was trumped as a huge signing to help boost Sydney FC's attack. But after only one goal in 10 appearances, it's clear that retiring veteran Alex Brosque is preferred in a starting role.

  • Roy Krishna Wellington Phoenix

    #9 Wellington Phoenix

    Filip Kurto: 8/10

    The Polish keeper has proved an inspired signing between the sticks and single-handedly secured the Nix vital points this season.

    Steven Taylor 7/10

    Aside from missing a few games through injury, the former Newcastle man has been a key figure for Wellington and added much-needed strength at the back. 

    Michal Kopczynski: 6/10

    For a man that's played Champions League football against Real Madrid, the Pole has underwhelmed but his versatility has proven useful.

    Mandi: 7/10

    The Spaniard has grown into his role at the Nix and become increasingly influential scoring twice and contributing two assists. 

    Roy Krishna: 9/10

    The A-League golden boot winner finished the season with 18 goals and four assists in his best-ever season by some margin. Will be a hard man to lock down for next season.

    Cillian Sheridan: 5/10

    Brought in as attacking back-up in January, the Irishman is slowly finding his feet in the A-League after initially struggling to find the back of net. Has one goal and three assists across 16 appearances.

  • Oriol Riera Wanderers

    #10 Western Sydney Wanderers

    Raúl Llorente: 4/10

    Another disappointing campaign from the Spaniard, who's prone to being caught out of position and failing to make the most of his bombs forward. Only 13 of his 66 crosses were successful. 

    Patrick Ziegler: 3/10

    Injury ruined what looms as a promising A-League player. The German making just six appearances this season but quickly showing why he could play a big role next season. 

    Alexander Baumjohann: 6/10

    Moments of brilliance but couldn't consistently deliver for a side that did make life hard for him. Just three of his 49 key passes being turned into assists. 

    Roly Bonevacia: 8/10

    Dubbed a sloppy player in pre-season by Markus Babbel, the midfielder responded this season with a few fantastic individual performances. Ended the season with seven goals and seven assists. 

    Oriol Riera: 6/10

    Couldn't hit the heights of his first season managing just 10 league goals with his body language and output at times leaving plenty to be desired.