Red & Black Football


Brendon Santalab has been a hero to Wanderers fans since he joined the Red and Black in 2013.

In this time there has been a recurring conversation on how best to utilize his skills, be them as a starter or off the bench.

Many have seen his role in the Ole Gunnar Solskajer mode, coming off the bench against tired teams and putting them to the sword with fresh legs and a poachers acumen.

Others including many of the fox commentary team have extolled his evergreen nature and called for him to start games and lead the line.

In the past Santa has played alongside strikers like Castelan, Bridge and Juric who had the higher profile in the team.

During this finals series, Santa is our go to man.

Seniority can be a swear word in football, i am not using it to describe his age, but Santa is the senior member of the team, the man with the most goals, caps and the player we will look to when the chips are down.

I believe Santa is set to write his name all over the score sheet in the coming weeks, at 34, these opportunities have a shelf life.

The man that rescued our Champions League campaign against Sanfrecce Hiroshima is in the form of his life.

He has recently scored the most goals in a season by a Wanderers player and taken over Mark Bridge’s all time tally too.

It hasn’t gone unnoticed by the fans with Santa being honoured with his own song and his celebrations in front of the Bloc are becoming the stuff of legend.

The love affair shows no sides of abating either.

Football is a results driven business, lets be clear we need a win on foreign mud.

If we are to come home to Sydney and have a crack at the easterners in their mansion or at ANZ, Santa will be key.

As we prepare for this Friday night, Santa and indeed the majority of the playing unit have had a week off and will hopefully be primed for the game that will come to define our season.

With our season on the line, we couldn’t ask for more than our talisman.

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