2 A-League stars who could make a move to Europe this year
The challenge for the A-League is to hang on to their stars - such as Melbourne City's Bruno Fornaroli and Aaron Mooy14 February 2016 | FT Editor
The quality of the A-League appears to be improving with each passing year, and that has largely been down to many of the clubs in the competition now searching for and scouting players from all over the globe in the hunt for their next big star.
The 2015/16 campaign is nearing a close as we head towards the Series Finals. The challenge for many of the teams in the A-League in the off-season will be to maintain the services of their star players, who may now have several clubs in Europe tracking their progress.
Here are two players who have shone in the 2015/16 campaign and may well be on the radar of clubs outside the A League.
Bruno Fornaroli – Melbourne City
Not many soccer fans in Australia had heard of Bruno Fornaroli when he signed for Melbourne City in August after he had spells in Greece playing for Panathinkaikos and Brazil with Figueiresnse. During his opening season in the A League, though, the 28-year-old has lit up the league with his silky playing style.
With 15 goals to his name already in all competitions in his debut campaign for the Melbourne based club, the Uruguayan is on course to top the goalscoring charts this season.
Like a player celebrating a bonus win on the pokies, Melbourne City fans must feel like they’ve hit the jackpot every time the ball hits the back of the net this season. They have scored more goals than any other team so far in the regular campaign and one of the reasons behind their heavy scoring is their star man, Fornaroli, who has been very consistent. He has given his side an excellent opportunity of making their first Grand Final since the club was formed and they can now be backed to do so at 4/1 at the time of writing.
Aaron Mooy – Melbourne City
Socceroo midfielder Aaron Mooy started his senior career in England with Bolton but failed to make an impact with the Lancashire club before moving north of the border to Scotland, where he started on 20 occasions for St Mirren.
When Mooy moved back to Australia to play for Western Sydney Wanderers, his career needed some repairing but since that transfer, he has picked up 13 caps for his national team and is now considered to be one of the best midfielders in the A-League. This has helped him to attract the attention of a number of different clubs from around the world.
Mooy is miles ahead of any other player in the league in the assists table and is having one of the finest seasons of his career. After failing to make an impression in the early stages of his career in Europe, he may want the opportunity to put that record straight.
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