Broich best in A-League says Roar captain

05 March 2014 21:55:44 GMTPlus10
Thomas Broich is the "best player in the A-League" according to Matt Smith.

Skipper Matt Smith says German star Thomas Broich is the man who can help Brisbane Roar regain the A-League championship this season.

Broich is a leading contender to win the Johnny Warren Medal as the league's player of the year for a second time.

And his starring role in the Roar's win over Perth Glory last weekend put the club firmly on track to clinch top spot when the regular season ends next month.

Broich's free-kick gave Ivan Franjic the chance to head his side in front, and his exquisite curled shot from outside the area sealed a 3-1 win.

With nearest rivals Western Sydney Wanderers suffering a shock 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle Jets, it means Brisbane have a seven-point lead with only six games to go.

Ahead of Sunday's showdown at home to third-placed Adelaide United, Smith said Broich was worthy of winning his second Johnny Warren Medal – he won in 2011-12.

"Thomas Broich is the best player in the A-League," the Roar captain said. "He is the best marquee player and we are very privileged to have had him in Brisbane for four seasons.

"We always work on our structure and make sure everyone plays well within that structure. But Thomas is our X-factor. He is our star who is driven, who can create something from nothing and who can score goals."

The German was Brisbane's player of the year as they won their first championship in his debut season of 2010-11, and finished second in the Johnny Warren Medal behind Marcos Flores.

Smith said the Roar were bringing the best out of the 33-year-old, who has scored 15 goals in 102 games for the club.

He added: "With the position that he plays as one of the front three, if he hits top form in the later stages of the premiership and in the finals, he could win us the championship. Definitely."

Brisbane Roar are 3.00 to beat Adelaide on Sunday, United can be backed at 2.62 to secure the win and the draw is 1.40.

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