Opta reveals every club’s best player from Round 21


There were some big movers in Round 21 of the Hyundai A-League, with plenty still up for grabs over the remainder of the regular season.

And it’s the players that stand-up tall for their clubs which is so important right now and there was plenty of excellent contributors over the Split Round.

Thanks to Opta data, here is every club’s best player from Round 21.


Adelaide United – Craig Goodwin

His team may have been on the end of a 2-0 defeat against Sydney FC but Goodwin did his best to get the Reds over the line.

The speedy winger created a joint team-high three scoring chances and made four crosses from open play.

Goodwin also wasn’t afraid to get stuck in, contesting 12 one-on-one duels and winning seven of them.

Craig Goodwin

Craig Goodwin

Brisbane Roar – Dylan Wenzel-Halls

In a difficult season for the club, the emergence of the 21-year-old from Ipswich points to a bright future.

Wenzel-Halls was easily his side’s best in the 4-1 loss to the Wanderers, having the most shots on target of any Roar player and scoring a cracking goal.

That strike was Wenzel-Halls fourth in his last five games, while he also contested 10 duels for the match.

WATCH: Wenzel-Halls with a stunner against the Wanderers

Central Coast Mariners – Stephen Mallon

The Mariners endured a horror night against the Phoenix on Saturday, with Mallon one of the few players to leave the pitch with his reputation intact.

The young winger was directly involved in both of his side’s goals, including a brilliant strike to beat Filip Kurto from a free-kick.

Mallon also contested the third-most duels of any player with 16.

WATCH: Mallon scores a peach for the Mariners

Melbourne City – Jamie Maclaren

While he’s been a consistent scorer in the Hyundai A-League in recent seasons, not even Maclaren himself could have imagined how quickly he would settle back to life in the competition.

While his side hasn’t won a match since his return, Maclaren has scored in every appearance, with his brace against Perth Glory taking his tally to five goals in four matches.

He is the first player to manage that, surpassing Charlie Miller’s record of four in his first four games for Brisbane Roar in the 2008/09 Season.

WATCH: Maclaren buries a header

Melbourne Victory – Kosta Barbarouses

The New Zealand international continued his rich vein of form, despite Victory’s shock 2-0 loss against the Jets in Geelong.

Barbarouses made 11 touches in the opposition box, the second-most of any player.

He also created two scoring chances for Kevin Muscat’s side.

Victory's Kosta Barbarouses in action against the Jets.

Victory’s Kosta Barbarouses in action against the Jets.

Newcastle Jets – Nigel Boogaard

A second straight appearance for the Jets skipper, and rightly so after his outstanding display against Victory.

Boogaard made four key clearances in the 2-0 win, while his 28 pass attempts had an incredible pass accuracy of 96%.

Completing a superb all-round display from the veteran defender, Boogaard also created one scoring chance for the Hunter club. 

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Perth Glory – Diego Castro

We’re running out of superlatives to describe Glory’s special Spaniard.

Castro was at his destructive best in Perth’s come-from-behind 2-2 draw with City, scoring his side’s late equaliser at AAMI Park.

He also created three scoring chances for teammates, while contesting a round-high 19 duels.

WATCH: Castro salvages a point for Perth

Sydney FC – Reza Ghoochannejhad

He’d been threatening to tear a match apart for a couple of weeks and the Sky Blues’ Iranian star did just that against the Reds.

Ghoochannejhad made three shots on target in the first-half at Leichhardt Oval, with one of those resulting in his first goal for the club.

The lively attacker also created one chance for Sydney FC and hit the post with another attempt.

WATCH: Reza scores his first Sydney FC goal

Wellington Phoenix – Roy Krishna

How good is Krishna going right now!

Wellington’s Fijian flyer added two more goals to his tally in the 8-2 drubbing of the Mariners, making it 14 for the season to sit equal top of the Golden Booy charts.

The two goals came from a round-high six shots on target, twice as many as any other player in Round 21.

WATCH: Krishna at the double against Mariners

Western Sydney Wanderers – Oriol Riera

The Spanish striker has had his fair share of critics this season but he silenced many of them with his performance against the Roar.

Riera not only scored an impressive double from his only two shots on target, but he also created one scoring chance for a teammate.

And he capped a man-of-the-match display by contesting 14 duels over the 90 minutes.