After a few weeks off we now return to our best of the best series, looking today at the left back position. Before we go onto another heated discussion surrounding the best left back, we would like to announce that Jerome Polenz will be joining Ante Covic in our best of the best team, thank you to all those who voted and took part.
Now moving onto this week looking at left back we have; Adam D’apuzzo, Antony Golec, Seyi Adeleke, Sam Gallaway, Scott Jamieson and Jack Clisby all in the running.
Looking firstly at D’Apuzzo, signed in season 1, Adam secured the LB spot as his own for the first 2 seasons at the wanderers. He was a mainstay in the back with Polenz and quickly earned club legend status after helping securing the premiers plate in season 1. D’Apuzzo’s time at the wanderers could have never occurred if not for Tony Popovic’s intervention after, D’ Apuzzo had decided to retire from football, Poppa offered him a football lifeline before retiring in 2014. He made a total of 49 appearances for the red and black.
Much like with Polenz, Popovic needed a replacement LB for D’Apuzzo for the champions league, where he signed Antony Golec. In his first year with the club Golec was only used for Champions league games on a short contract but was then given a 1 year A league contract following a string of champions league appearances. He made a total a 37 appearances for the wanderers including 2 club world cup games and a crucial goal in the champions league.
In year 3 the wanderers experienced 2 LB’s across the season, in combination with Golec, Seyi Adeleke and Sam Gallaway. Unfortunately for both they didn’t get much of a chance within the club, with Adeleke raking up 6 appearances and 14 for Gallaway. There was a major issue with Adeleke regarding his passport and the Ebola virus, which delayed his arrival at the club and when he finally did arrive he was exiled by Popovic and eventually sacked from the club. Gallaway on the other hand didn’t provide enough consistent performances to warrant a contract extension.
After all 3 LB’s were given the flick in year 3, along with a host of other players, Scott Jamieson was bought in from Perth Glory after having a successful season out West. Jamieson was excellent in his time at the Wanderers, appearing in every competitive match across the season. ‘Jamo’ was then named in the PFA team of the season for the second year running, which then gave him access to a Euro switch, seeing the end of his A league and Wanderers career.
Currently Jack Clisby holds the LB spot at the wanderers and has been one of the few bright sparks across the season, often providing shots on target as well a few crucial assists. Signed on for another season, Clisby has quickly become a fan favourite in Wanderland and provides some tough competition for D’Apuzzo and ‘Jamo’.
It’s up to you now! Let us know your thoughts who you think is the best LB to have ever played for the Wanderers and look out for the photo later today to get in voting!