Sensational strikers of the A-League - Part IV

Two international stars get us closer to the top two strikers in league history.

A good striker can make a huge difference and today we get to two of the best to have ever played in the A-League, and on pure talent one might just be the best.

4. Paul Ifill (Wellington Phoenix)

The Barbadian international has brought nothing but class in the final third to the league since arriving in Wellington during 2009 and when he hasn-t been battling injury he has helped the Nix become a force.

Astute and clinical up front he is more likely to finish cleanly from within the box but he can also put his strike partners away when it is required and provides plenty of assists and attacking impetus, especially when employed in the role of a number 10.

While his overall record doesn-t scream goals, he has scored just 28 in 73 games he is extremely capable in all facets of the game and can turn any game he is involved in.

The class he brings to any team he has been a part of is obvious and outside of the Hyundai A-League he is perhaps best remembered for his time at Millwall, and especially for his part in their run to the 2004 FA Cup, where they lost to Manchester United.

3. Dwight Yorke (Sydney FC)

All Night Dwight might have been able to party all night and came with the baggage of being a renowned party boy, but when he got to Sydney he did nothing but deliver on and off the pitch.

His arrival in Australia and the media exposure he brought to the A-League in its very first season was invaluable, as was his contribution on the pitch as Football Federation Australia took its re-branded game to the sporting masses, and in signing the Trinidad & Tobago and Manchester United legend, Sydney FC had snared a marquee signing for the ages.

Of course what Yorke had done before he even got to Australia made him a legend - his partnership at Manchester United with Andy Cole, had been legendary and he was part of the team that famously claimed the treble of the Premiership, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League for the Red Devils in 1998/99.

So when he came to Australia just three years after his final season at United, Yorke was still a big name in world football and could still play at a high level, in fact once he left the A-league he went straight back to the EPL with Sunderland.

While he was here though, Yorke got the job done on and off the pitch, twirling the media around his finger and producing the goods for Sydney FC and coach Pierre Littbarski, especially after he moved into the midfield.

While he did play in the midfield for a time, he still displayed predatory instincts around the box and his one season in the league yielded seven goals and five assists from 21 appearances, but his influence on Sydney FC in that season can-t be discounted.

Yorke led the club into the inaugural Grand Final and out the other side of it with a man of the match performance that earned him the Joe Marston Medal.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not Football Federation Australia