A-League Golden Boot leader Adam Le Fondre believes a dominant Sydney FC are reaping the benefits of recruiting big characters... who also happen to be talented footballers.
“The standards are always high at Sydney, but if anything the banter and camaraderie have gone up a level this season.” Le Fondre told FTBL.
“Ryan McGowan’s come in who’s a big personality, Luke Brattan’s another one who also has a loud wardrobe, Alex Baumjohann has come in from Western Sydney and is a big presence in the change room and Kosta as well.
“When you bring in players who are not only talented on the pitch but are great fun in the change room, it makes Sydney FC a great place to come and work.”
A character himself in the dressing room, Le Fondre netted 20 league goals last season, and has already halved that tally in the first eight games of the new season.
According to the Englishman, the club and his teammates are largely responsible for his immediate on-field success.
“It’s down to the club," he said. "My teammates are putting chances in front of me and I’m taking them.
“We’ve got a great team here and the way we play really suits me, so everything seems to be falling in my favour.
“I really enjoy playing as a pair up front with Kosta as well. We’re always trying to play each other in and we want each other to score. I think that’s how a good partnership works.”
Le Fondre’s preference to play alongside a second striker as opposed to a more isolated role stems from his earlier playing days in England.
Prior to his move down under, Le Fondre played League One football before earning a move to Championship side Reading which gave him a taste of Premier League football when the club earned promotion in his first season with the Royals.
While Le Fondre’s transition from English football to the A-League proved straightforward, the 33-year-old is convinced the top A-League clubs could cut it in the English Championship.
“The Championship’s a bit more direct and physical than the A-League, but I think the teams differ throughout both competitions,” he said.
“The top teams in Australia would cut it in the Championship and League One, whereas the lower teams here I think might be League One, League Two standard.
“The A-League teams typically play a more transitional style whereas English football is more direct.”
Quizzed on how the current Sydney FC squad would fair in the Championship, Le Fondre backed his Sky Blues in.
“I think we’d do alright in the Championship,” laughed Le Fondre
“I’d say the Championship’s a bit more physical than the A-League, but I think the way we play, even at that level we’re going to create chances.”
“Goals win games so I think we’d do okay in the Championship.”