Much has been written of the impact Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero will have off the pitch for the A-League, but it is not really clear how he will fit into Sydney FC’s new look team.
The appointment of former youth coach Ian Crook has seemingly signalled the end of the pragmatic era at the capital club, with former coach Vítězslav Lavicka preferring a results-based approach. Few would argue he wasn’t successful (a title in his first season is not to be ignored), but there’s no denying that Sydney were more functional than fantasy.
That appears to have changed.
There is little to indicate what Crook’s preferred style of play is, but many quotes from Moore Park have suggested a change in ideology. Before his departure to Baniyas in the UAE, marquee Nicky Carle was lavish in his praise of the new manager, praising him for identifying a clear style of play centred around quick tempo passing and playing …