Head Coach John Aloisi says new French import Eric Bautheac will play some part in tomorrow’s Hyundai A-League clash with Newcastle Jets at Suncorp Stadium.
The electric winger who has a wealth of top-tier experience in France, arrived in Brisbane earlier this week after finally being granted a visa.
He continued training while waiting to make the trip down under and Aloisi has confirmed that the Frenchman, who he believes will make a great impact on the squad, will play some part in tomorrow’s game.
“He will have a massive impact because of the way he plays. He can run at opponents, he’s very technical, can set-up and score goals and gives us a lot of options upfront,” Aloisi said.
“We’re excited to have him. He has experience and he’s in the prime of his career.
“I can’t speak highly enough of where he has played and the level he has played at. To have someone like him want to come to Australia, still at the top of his game, it’s a no-brainer to get him here.”
The Roar will be searching for their first win of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season against the Jets.
Brisbane prevailed 3-1 in Round 22 of last season's competition and have won five of the sides’ last nine meetings (W5, D2, L2).
With nine days since their last game, the Roar has had a strong week on the training park and Aloisi is backing his side to put in a polished 90-minute performance.
“We have players that are still finding their legs and this week has been a good one for us. We’ve been able to get a strong week of training into the squad and we’ll be better for it,” Aloisi added.
Attacking midfielder Brett Holman is in the mix to make his first start of the season and says the side are gelling well and looking forward to getting out onto the Suncorp Stadium pitch against the Jets.
“I have been a part of lots of dressing rooms and this is one of the best, if not the best," Holman said.
“Everybody knows that every game in the Hyundai A-League is tough and you have to be up for the occasion. We’re going to be ready, we’ve worked really hard this week."
Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Round 3: Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets
Sunday, 22 October
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (4pm KO)
BRISBANE ROAR SQUAD
1.Michael THEO (gk), 2.Dane INGHAM, 3.Luke DEVERE, 5.Corey BROWN, 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 9.Massimo MACCARONE, 10.Brett HOLMAN, 13.Jade NORTH, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 16.Mitchell OXBORROW, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 18.Joe CALETTI, 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Eric BAUTHEAC, 25.Rahmat AKBARI, 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO, 33.Petros SKAPETIS
NEWCASTLE JETS SQUAD
1.Jack DUNCAN (gk), 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD, 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Dimitri PETRATOS, 8.Ronald VARGAS, 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 10.Wayne BROWN, 12.Mario SHABOW, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 15.Andrew NABBOUT, 16.Nick COWBURN, 17.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 20.Glen MOSS (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 24.Joe CHAMPNESS, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY
HOW DO WE SHAPE UP AGAINST THE JETS?
Head-to-head: Brisbane wins: 14, draws: 9, Newcastle wins: 14.
The most common scorelines between the Roar and Jets are 1-0 Newcastle wins or 2-1 Brisbane victories. There is an average of 2.46 goals in meetings between the two sides with the Roar outscoring the Jets 47-44 in 37 meetings.
The Roar has won six of its last eight matches played on a Sunday, outscoring their opponents 21-10 in that span. In fact, the Roar has only lost four of its 16 Sunday games under John Aloisi (W11, D1, L4).