Markel Susaeta A-League: Melbourne City signs the Spanish legend of Athletic Bilbao

Melbourne City believes that they have unearthed the new Diego Castro from the A-League, signing the Athletic Bilbao legend Markel Susaeta.

A versatile attacker with lightning feet, Susaeta was crowned by Vicente Del Bosque during the golden era of Spain, in 2012, scoring a 5-1 victory over Panama along with Pedro, David Villa and Sergio Ramos.

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That match came in the middle of his 507 games spell with Bilbao, where he scored 56 goals.

The city moved by the Spaniard after Marco Rojas rejected his offer last week, with Melbourne Victory abducting the deal after releasing visas attacker Kristijan Dobras and runner Corey Brown.

However, coach Erick Mombaerts will be delighted with the result since Susaeta, 32, arrives with a huge pedigree and does not play in Spain simply because he did not want to face his former club.

half_cameraMarkel Susaeta is a legendary figure in the Spanish club Athletic Bilbao.

City tried to sign Susaeta six months ago, before his brief spell with the Japanese side Gamba Osaka.

“I am excited to join Melbourne City for the rest of the season and I can’t wait to start in Australia,” Susaeta said.

“I look forward to helping the group play the exciting and offensive football that the Club plays and achieve the success that the group proposed at the beginning of the season.”

Susaeta made more than 60 European appearances for Bilbao, including the final of the 2011-12 Europa League, which lost 3-0 to Atlético de Madrid.

Product of the academy in the club famous for playing only Basque products, Susaeta rejected several rival offers from the Spanish League because he did not want to face Athletic.

“My dream has always been to be an Athletic man” a club “, but circumstances have not helped,” he said last year.

Carlos Pérez Salvachua will take over Melbourne Victory for the first time on Friday.
half_cameraCarlos Pérez Salvachua will take over Melbourne Victory for the first time on Friday.

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PREVIEW OF ROUND 15

ADELAIDE UNITED v VICTORIA DE MELBOURNE

Coopers Stadium, Friday, 7.30 p.m.

TAB fees: United $ 2, Draw $ 3.80, Victory $ 3.50

DAVUTOVIC VERDICT: VICTORY 2-1

It seems that Marco Rojas will debut for Melbourne Victory, while Ola Toivonen is ready for Friday’s visit to Adelaide United while the club embarks on a new era.

Marco Kurz was to watch from the terraces of Coopers Stadium after his red card before being fired Tuesday night.

Spaniard Carlos Pérez Salvachua begins his training period as a caregiver and is obliged to make more changes, and perhaps promote more young people after Kurz returns to his experienced players for the most part.

The other change will be philosophical, with Salvachua emanating from the Spanish school of attack, football based on possession, although it will be difficult to make seismic changes in two days.

But expect a reaction from Victory players, who have had a great sense of frustration for much of this season.

Harrison Delbridge will return from suspension when Melbourne City receives Newcastle Jets.
half_cameraHarrison Delbridge will return from suspension when Melbourne City receives Newcastle Jets.

MELBOURNE CITY v NEWCASTLE JETS

AAMI Park, Saturday, 7.30pm

TAB Fees: City $ 1.58, Draw $ 4.20, Jets $ 5.50

DAVUTOVIC VERDICT: CITY 3-1

The new signing of Melbourne City, Markel Susaeta, seems ready for an impact role against the Newcastle Jets, if their visa is approved on time.

Sniper Jamie Maclaren will savor the arrival of Susaeta, who is able to play broadly or centrally and provides variety to the City’s attack.

Susaeta made a name for himself as an exciting attacker with an inclination to dribble, and excelling in one-on-one situations.

The Spanish replaces the nostalgic Uruguayan Javier Cabrera, who did not have a great impact on his seven games (one goal).

City coach Erick Mombaerts often opted for youth ahead of him, including Ramy Najjarine, who impressed and scored in the Olyroos draw with Bahrain on Wednesday and Lachlan Wales.

Defender Harrison Delbridge returns from his stiff suspension, while it could be another opportunity for children to impress, led by the exciting Stefan Colakovski, who got excited about the cameo last week.

The forward Josh Risdon will return when Western United faces the central coast in Geelong.
half_cameraThe forward Josh Risdon will return when Western United faces the central coast in Geelong.

WESTTERN UNITED v CENTRAL COAST

GMHBA Stadium, Sunday, 4pm

TAB fees: United $ 1.87, Draw $ 3.50, Mariners $ 4

DAVUTOVIC VERDICT: WESTERN UTD 3-2

Socceroos fullback Josh Risdon and former Greece international Panagiotis Kone appear to be ready to return to Western United and enter a crucial fortnight in the January transfer window.

United had more room to move into January, but local rivals Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City have been busier so far, as United coach Rudan and his staff evaluate a number of options, including visa attackers.

United had fallen to sixth at a stage last week, before Victory’s late collapse on the central coast saw Mark Rudan’s side retain fifth place.

The United players enjoyed a four-day break before the goodbye defeat after the 3-2 loss in Melbourne City, where youth exuberance helped reverse a three-goal deficit with Besart Berisha and Alessandro Diamanti turning penalties won by the ex-city pair Josh Cavallo and Dylan Pierias.

United offers free admission to fans, who will be asked to donate to the forest fire relief effort.

BRISBANE ROAR v WELLINGTON PHOENIX

Suncorp Stadium, Saturday, 5pm

TAB Odds: Roar $ 2.80, Draw $ 3.50, Phoenix $ 2.40

WESTERN SYDNEY v PERTH GLORY
Bankwest Stadium, Sunday, 6.30 p.m.

TAB odds: Wanderers $ 3.30, Draw $ 3.50, Glory $ 2.10

LEAGUE STAIRCASE A

1 Sydney FC 13 11 1 1 30 13 +17 34

2 Melbourne City 13 7 2 4 27 22 +5 23

3 Perth Glory 12 6 3 3 24 12 +12 21

4 Wellington Phoenix 13 6 3 4 20 16 +4 21

5 Western United 13 5 2 6 17 18 −1 17

6 Melbourne Victory 13 4 3 6 17 18 −1 15

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7 Adelaide United 12 5 0 7 19 21 −2 15

8 Western Sydney Wanderers 13 4 2 7 14 20 −6 14

9 Brisbane Roar 12 3 4 5 14 19 −5 13

10 Central Coast Sailors 12 4 1 7 13 21 −8 13

11 Newcastle Jets 12 2 3 7 12 27 −15 9

LADDER STAIRCASE W

PLD W D L GF GA GD PTS

1 Melbourne City 8 7 1 0 14 3 +11 22

2 Sydney FC 8 6 0 2 16 8 +8 18

3 Western Sydney Wanderers 7 5 1 1 16 7 +9 16

4 Brisbane Roar 8 4 1 3 14 12 +2 13

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5 Melbourne Victory 7 3 2 2 8 9 −1 11

6 Canberra United 9 3 1 5 10 20 −10 10

7 Newcastle Jets 7 1 1 5 7 12 −5 4

8 Glory of Perth 7 0 2 5 6 13 −7 2

9 Adelaide United 7 0 1 6 6 13 −7 1

MELBOURNE CITY v NEWCASTLE JETS

CB Smith Reserve, Saturday, 5pm

TAB Fees: City $ 1.20, Draw $ 6, Jets $ 10

ADELAIDE UNITED v VICTORIA DE MELBOURNE

Marsden Sports Complex, Saturday, 7.30pm

TAB odds: United $ 4.25, Draw $ 4.25, Victory $ 1.60

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