Any team that gives the ball away cheaply to Keisuke Honda is not going to win too many A-League games against Melbourne Victory this season.
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Bernie Ibini-Isei is a talent who has attracted overseas attention. A move to Belgium looked likely to happen but it wasn’t to be and this may have been a blessing in disguise.
Bernie was upset it didn’t happen but since then he has been a standout performer for the Central Coast Mariners.
His fancy footwork and a good shot has seen him as a standout performer recently.
Since rejected by Club Brugge he has flourished. It has been a season for Central Coast, where Daniel McBreen has been the standout but some may say in recent games Ibini has stepped up and been the star performer.
Yes it would have been a big move to further his career but by staying it opens up more opportunities as he continues to perform well.
If he had moved he would be lost at Club Brugge with all the young talent around him. If he can stand out at Central Coast and assert himself as a first team player, many better opportunities will present themselves.
So far this season he has only managed six goals from 22 matches and only managed to start 13 of those games. Once he is a permanent starter he can then think to further his career.
He needs to be respected on an international stage before any major clubs consider signing him.
If recent performances are anything to go by, he has a promising career ahead of him – whether it be at the Central Coast Mariners, Club Brugge or another club.