Brisbane striker Besart Berisha could be fit to play Adelaide United this weekend but can the A-League leaders find a spot for him?
Goalkeeper Michael Theo doesn’t want to be anywhere near Besart Berisha if the star striker finds himself omitted from the A-League leader Brisbane Roar’s line-up for Saturday’s clash with Adelaide United.
Berisha is expected to be available for the visit by the Reds after missing the past two weeks with a hip injury but his place in the starting XI is far from assured given how well the Roar have performed in his absence.
A 5-2 away win over Sydney FC was followed up by a 3-0 thrashing of Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park, with young gun attacker Dimitri Petratos scoring four goals in those fixtures.
It means coach Mike Mulvey faces a hard decision on whether to alter a winning line-up to bring back Berisha, who leads the Roar’s scoring charts with five strikes despite making just seven appearances in an injury-hit campaign.
“I wouldn’t want to be Mike giving him that news,” Theo said of the Albanian possibly finding himself on the bench.
“He’s the best striker in the league and surely will only strengthen our squad. When Besart’s on song, there’s no stopping him.
“It’s a great problem to have as a team. Obviously Mike’s going to have to make some tough calls.”
Former Socceroo Shane Stefanutto could also be available for selection after his long absence with a hamstring injury.
Where the 33-year-old would come back into the team is an easier call for Mulvey with youngster Corey Brown unavailable due to his commitments with the Australian side at the Asian under-22 championships in Oman.
The Roar’s brand of football is also creating a buzz among observers with their opening goal against the Victory – a 21-pass movement all over the pitch before Liam Miller stroked the ball home – branded the best ever in the A-League by former Socceroo Mark Bosnich.
Not that Theo is getting anxious about missing out on the fun as he watches his teammates dominate from the goalkeeper’s position.
“I love my position, I’ve got the best seat in the house,” he said.
“So long as the ball’s on the other side and we’re putting goals in that end as opposed to conceding them.”