95 BE­SART BER­ISHA

Australian Four Four Two - - 99 THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR THIS SEASON -

Joint Golden Boot win­ner 2016/17

The greatest pan­tomime vil­lain in the his­tory of the A-League became the first player to reach the mag­i­cal mark of 100 goals last term and he did it in only 156 ap­pear­ances. The Al­ba­nian’s goal in last sea­son’s Grand Fi­nal was ar­guably one of his best and his abil­ity to shine on the game’s greatest oc­ca­sions should earn him the nick­name Big Time. Shane Smeltz (sec­ond high­est A-League all-time goalscorer with 92 goals) – When I think of Be­sart, I think of some­one who is hun­gry to score goals and you see that when­ever he plays. He’s shown an abil­ity to score goals wher­ever he’s played. He likes to lead from the front as an ex­am­ple for his team and there is no ques­tion about his strike rate – it’s fan­tas­tic. He also likes to be a bit of pest for de­fend­ers... he’s just a qual­ity striker. Archie Thomp­son (num­ber three A-League all time goal scorer - 90 goals) – He’s prob­a­bly not blessed with the best skills in drib­bling but he just knows how to get into po­si­tion to score goals. He is some­one that just loves to score, and for me, he’s a real typ­i­cal out and out striker. For­mer Bris­bane Roar team-mate Jade North – Ev­ery­one re­mem­bers Bes when he would lose his mind on the field – the way he shows his emo­tions on the field – and all the goals he’s scored. He’s a big char­ac­ter for the A-League and he’s al­ways been a char­ac­ter. The char­ac­ters are all dy­ing out in sport in gen­eral. Fans love to come and watch char­ac­ters and that’s why he’s been great for the A-League.

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