Hyundai A-League Performers of the Week: Round 5

A number of players caught the eye during Round 5 of the Hyundai A-League and we’ve crunched the Opta data to pick the best performing players of the weekend.

Based on a range of metrics provided by the Hyundai A-League’s official data provider, here’s the Team of the Week for Round 5.

GOALKEEPER

Paul Izzo (Adelaide United) – In a round where a host of keepers flourished, Izzo was a clear standout in the Reds’ loss to Perth Glory. He made a joint round-high six saves - including a penalty from Diego Castro - the most he’s made in a match since he made seven against Melbourne City in January of this year.

Paul Izzo
Paul Izzo did his best to earn Adelaide United a result against Perth Glory.

DEFENDERS

Luke Wilkshire (Sydney FC) – One of Sydney FC’s best in their win over City on Friday night. Not only did the veteran right-back score the match-winning goal, he made 61 passes at 92% accuracy and had a round-high eight interceptions. Top stuff Lukey!

Luke Wilkshire
Luke Wilkshire thanked his new boots for his match-winning goal against Melbourne City.

Bart Schenkeveld (Melbourne City) – In a losing team, the Dutchman did his growing reputation no harm with a powerful display against the Sky Blues. He won four fouls, the third most of any player in Round 5, made four clearances, contested 15 duels and made 51 passes. Impressive stuff.

Bart Schenkeveld was the best in a beaten side on Friday night.
Bart Schenkeveld was the best in a beaten side on Friday night.

Thomas Deng (Melbourne Victory) – The excellent young defender was a major reason a 10-man Victory avoided defeat against the Wanderers. Deng popped up with the equalising goal with a thumping header, made 22 passes and five clearances in the 1-1 draw at Etihad.

Deng
Thomas Deng celebrates his equaliser against the Wanderers.

Raul Llorente (Western Sydney Wanderers) – The Spanish left-back put in a man-of-the-match display against Victory, setting up his side’s goal with an inch-perfect cross for Oriol Riera. He also made 61 passes at an accuracy rate of 89%.

Raul Llorente's superb cross set up a goal in the clash with Victory.
Raul Llorente's superb cross set up a goal in the clash with Victory.

MIDFIELDERS

Steven Ugarkovic (Newcastle Jets) – Enjoying a great season under Ernie Merrick, the youngster was excellent in his side’s 3-0 drubbing of Phoenix. He had two shots at goal, created two scoring chances and made 38 passes with an accuracy of 90%.

It was another excellent midfield display from Steven Ugarkovic against Wellington.
It was another excellent midfield display from Steven Ugarkovic against Wellington.

Kearyn Baccus (Western Sydney Wanderers) – He made a season-high 102 passes at an excellent accuracy rate of 90% in the Wanderers 1-1 draw with Victory. Baccus also created one scoring chance and contested 13 duels.

Kearyn Baccus was fantastic against Victory’s star-studded midfield.
Kearyn Baccus was fantastic against Victory’s star-studded midfield.

Milos Ninkovic (Sydney FC) – Another week, another eye-catching display from the Serbian star. Ninkovic was brilliant against City, creating two scoring chances and he had a passing accuracy of 88% from his 52 passes.

Milos Ninkovic holds off Melbourne City's Luke Brattan at AAMI Park.
Milos Ninkovic holds off Melbourne City's Luke Brattan at AAMI Park.

Andrew Nabbout (Newcastle Jets) – Scored a fabulous goal in the Jets’ big win, while also firing off seven shots at Phoenix keeper Keegan Smith. Nabbout also contested 13 duels in the match.

Andrew Nabbout tormented the Phoenix defence all night in the Hunter.
Andrew Nabbout tormented the Phoenix defence all night in the Hunter.

STRIKERS

Oriol Riera (Western Sydney Wanderers) – Continues to look right at home in the Hyundai A-League, Riera made it four goals in five A-League games with his header against Victory. It was one of four shots at goal the Spaniard had, while he contested 17 duels at Etihad.

Riera
Oriol Riera has only failed to score in one Hyundai A-League game so far this season.

Roy O’Donovan (Newcastle Jets) – Already looks to be the signing of the season. The Irishman grabbed a first-half brace from seven shots at goal against Phoenix, while he also created two chances for teammates.

Roy O'Donovan
Roy O'Donovan celebrates one of his two goals in the win over Phoenix.