A-League midfield maestros - Part III

Instant impact is what the first player to grace our top five had when he came to the Hyundai A-League.

As we continue to look towards Season Eight of the Hyundai A-League we will count down the top ten midfielders the league has seen.

So far we have seen some veterans and both attacking and defensive midfielders named, today we hit the top five and it will see a long-time A-League player named as well as one who had a brief but amazing impact.

6. Nick Carle (Newcastle Jets, Sydney FC)

So often a polarising figure when it comes to Australian football, Carle has both his fans and detractors and it seems there is very little middle ground when it comes to how people feel about the creative midfielder.

Carle has had some tremendous highs and some staggering lows in his career, but the now Sydney FC midfielder is capable of anything when he does deliver his best.

The 2011/12 season saw him return to something like his best with Sydney FC and his form on the pitch when driving them forward was immense. Carle-s five assists and four goals were towards the top of the heap for the Sky Blues.

Carle won the Johnny Warren Medal for the Jets in the 2006/07 season, but left the club before they won their lone Championship in 2008.

5. Marcos Flores (Adelaide United)

In little more than just one season the Argentine set the A-League and Adelaide on fire with his brand of brilliance, his ability to hit a sensational strike from anywhere coming to the fore.

In his one full season he helped Adelaide United to score 51 goals throughout the year, bagging eight of them himself, while also providing numerous assists for Sergio van Dijk, who would go on to score 16 goals and claim the Golden Boot for the 2010/11 season.

His success would see him become the second foreign player to claim the Johnny Warren Medal in this history of the A-League, following in the footsteps of Carlos Hernandez and he in turn would be followed by Germany-s Thomas Broich.

He was also named Player-s Player at Adelaide United throughout the year and despite being made a substantial offer by the South Australian club he took his talents to China, but not before he had made a substantial impact on the A-League.

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