By John Kotsiopoulos
With the high turnover of players the Wanderers have, there are a few that fans might not agree we should’ve let go. With only 1 foundation player who has stuck with the squad since day 1, it’s safe to say Popa loves a good squad clean out. Here a 5 former WSW players that I think fans would love to see back.
5. Aaron Mooy
Now I know, this seems completely impossible considering how in demand he is in England, but wouldn’t it be amazing to have Aaron Mooy back in a Wanderers jersey. Loved by fans from day 1, Mooy was rightly given the “workhorse” nickname for his energy he had on the pitch. I have no doubt we will see Aaron in the Premier League in the near future.
4. Vitor Saba
If you follow Saba on any social media outlet, you would know the love he has for our club is second to none. He has been massive Wanderers fan even before he joined the club in 2015. Saba showed that he has skill in abundance, however was not given much of a chance to release his full potential during his short time with the club. Even after leaving, he has shown plenty of support towards the Wanderers and continues to praise them.
3. Matthew Spiranovic
Quite possibly the best defender Wanderers have ever had. His ability to defend as if his life depended on it, as well as control the defensive line and read the game was incredible. Spira played a crucial role qualifying for our second Grand Final and also, our Champions League victory. There have recently been talks of Spira leaving his Chinese club, so it’s possible we could see him return to Western Sydney.
2. Shinji Ono
A huge fan favourite from the minute he was announced as our new marquee. Arguably the best player to ever wear the red and black hoops, his skill on the ball and leader ship off the ball, made Shinji an incredible talent to have. And let’s face it, who wouldn’t love to sing the Shinji Ono chant one more time.
1. Tomi Juric
Nobody will ever forget “that night in Parramatta”. The date was 25th of October 2014, Western Sydney Wanderers vs Al-Hilal in the first leg of the Asian Champions League Final. The ball was played wide to Antony Golec, who whipped it in the box, and Tomi Juric would be the man to slot it home, scoring the goal that would eventually win us the final. It seems unlikely due to the interest of English clubs for his signature, but with all the striking woes we have at the moment; nobody can say they would not want to see Juric back in Western Sydney.