Brisbane Roar midfielder Thomas Broich is quickly becoming the A-League’s best-ever import.
The 29-year old former Cologne and Nuremberg man is arguably the most consistent player in the competition this season after ten games which have seen the Roar play the most attractive football to be sitting second on the table.
Ange Postecoglou has Brisbane playing a very European style of game with slick passing in a high octane tempo so it is no surprise that a man who has played regularly in the German Bundesliga has taken to the method like a duck to water.
Broich’s numbers might not be startling just yet – he has scored twice and provided two assists – but he leads the league for shots on goal and it is just a matter of time before he becomes a consistent scoring midfielder.
His general team play bringing his mates into the game is evident and he has formed a dangerous combination with captain Matt McKay and link man Erik Paartalu in the centre of the pitch for the Roar.
Sure, we have had the likes of former Melbourne Victory star Fred, ex-Brisbane Roar and Gold Coast United midfielder Charlie Miller (2008/09 Foreign Player of the Year) and Sydney FC championship-winner Dwight Yorke do well in the national competition but given time, Broich will surely surpass their on-field exploits.
He will just have to convince reigning A-League Player of the Year Carlos Hernandez, Central Coast Mariners centre-half Patrick Zwaanswijk, Adelaide United playmaker Marcos Flores and to a lesser extent, Adelaide striker Sergio van Dijk otherwise.