Arnold wants a full-time marquee player for Sydney FC

By Ben Horne,

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    Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold says he isn’t interested in following the path Melbourne City have taken with Spanish superstar David Villa by signing a big name player for a guest stint only.

    Arnold, who kicked off pre-season training with his new team on Monday, is after a big name in world football – but he wants that player to be there for the long haul.

    Spain’s alltime leading goalscorer, Villa has signed on with Melbourne for a 10-match stint before joining New York City – and that could commence in round one against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium in October.

    While an enormous publicity coup and on-field boost for rebranded City, Villa’s short-term stint means the team must quickly adapt to being with and then without him.

    Arnold made it clear he has reservations about taking a similar approach.

    He understands the importance of Sydney FC boasting a ticket-selling attraction given the star power fans have been treated to in the past.

    But he will be cautious about who he approaches to be Alessandro Del Piero’s marquee replacement at Moore Park.

    “I prefer someone that’s there for the season,” Arnold told AAP.

    “We’ve got two marquee (spots to fill).

    “The guest appearance side of things – my question would be whether they fit into the group.

    “For me what’s important with the marquee players is that they’re good people who want to fit into the team environment and be part of that group of players and not receive any special treatment.

    “We’re making sure we’re doing a real good due diligence on those type of players that we’re getting recommended every day.”

    Arnold says he’s after attacking players as his marquees, but estimated Sydney FC are only “30 per cent” down the line in the negotiation process.

    However, Arnold reiterated the club’s interest in regaining favourite son Alex Brosque.

    “If we could bring someone back like him it would be fantastic because he’s a great leader and he’s very good in the group,” he said.

    “I know the supporters would welcome him back with open arms.”

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    The Crowd Says (16)

    • June 17th 2014 @ 7:30am
      whiskeymac said | June 17th 2014 @ 7:30am | ! Report

      Brosque the inferred marquee or were the reported comments not so related? Good a league player in his 20s but not a marquee imo.

      • June 17th 2014 @ 7:42am
        Punter said | June 17th 2014 @ 7:42am | ! Report

        Australian Marquee.

        • June 17th 2014 @ 9:14am
          AGO74 said | June 17th 2014 @ 9:14am | ! Report

          And possibly even within salary cap??

        • Roar Guru

          June 17th 2014 @ 1:32pm
          Mantis said | June 17th 2014 @ 1:32pm | ! Report

          I wouldn’t even want him as an Australian Marquee…

      • Roar Guru

        June 17th 2014 @ 12:50pm
        Chris Kettlewell said | June 17th 2014 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

        Surely he’s not talking about Brosque as a marquee. Maybe more a comment because he’s talking about attacking players as marquees and the comment is more to say that signing such players wouldn’t be at the expense of Brosque. As I can’t see he could in any way be considered a marquee, even an Australian Marquee.

    • June 17th 2014 @ 7:45am
      Franko said | June 17th 2014 @ 7:45am | ! Report

      Have they been linked to anyone exciting for the international marquee spot?

    • June 17th 2014 @ 8:51am
      striker said | June 17th 2014 @ 8:51am | ! Report

      Ameobi and Drogba i have herd.

    • June 17th 2014 @ 11:24am
      Bondy said | June 17th 2014 @ 11:24am | ! Report

      I’d have a look at Diego Forlan if he’s not to old and gets a run with Uruguay through the Woeld Cup he has Asian experience as well.

      • June 17th 2014 @ 2:24pm
        magila cutty said | June 17th 2014 @ 2:24pm | ! Report

        I don’t know Bondy, i think his renumeration would be substantial and Japan offers such diverse attractions getting his signiture(spelling?) could prove difficult. How about Landon Donavan?

        • June 17th 2014 @ 4:07pm
          Bondy said | June 17th 2014 @ 4:07pm | ! Report

          Interesting , if Donovan can score and he appears to be in decent touch still why not, age and fitness being the key criteria..

        • Roar Guru

          June 17th 2014 @ 4:45pm
          Kane Cassidy said | June 17th 2014 @ 4:45pm | ! Report

          He’s off contract too.

    • June 17th 2014 @ 5:02pm
      magila cutty said | June 17th 2014 @ 5:02pm | ! Report

      He has only played 9 games for 3 goals this year which is likely why he was dropped.
      On the upside he is only 32 has played 370 senior games across epl, mls and bundesliga scoring a credible 148 goals. In the NT 135(?) games for 57.
      As long as he passed the medical he won’t have lost his class. Worth an enquiry imho.

    • June 17th 2014 @ 9:03pm
      bobbym said | June 17th 2014 @ 9:03pm | ! Report

      No one would queue up to see Landon Donovan. Drogbar to injury prone now. I would go for Ronaldinho –

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        June 17th 2014 @ 9:07pm
        Kane Cassidy said | June 17th 2014 @ 9:07pm | ! Report

        You could have said that about Broich, unkown in Australia, coming off some career threatening injuries.

      • June 17th 2014 @ 10:12pm
        Bondy said | June 17th 2014 @ 10:12pm | ! Report


        The tempo of A League football wouldn’t be to high or intense for Ronaldinho either ..

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