Updated: Sep 11, 2019
With Birighitti and Delianov gone, Melbourne City are now in a position where the club’s goalkeeping stocks are down to the bare bones. 17-year-old Ahmad Taleb travelled with the senior squad for our recent FFA Cup clash against Campbelltown City, but despite the youngster’s potential (and international experience with the Australian U17 squad), fans would feel more assured if the club were able to sign another goalkeeper before the season starts.
With the club’s quota of foreign players taken up, the only remaining option would be to target an Aussie shotstopper with more senior experience than Taleb, who’ll no doubt come into the fold soon enough.
There’s been very few convincing reports to go off, but we’ve nonetheless decided to take a look at some of the available glovemen who City might look at picking up before the season begins, whether to come in as the first-choice keeper or as a backup to Bouzanis.
Look, it’s a very, very long shot. In fact, Mitch Langerak’s actually doing quite alright with mid-table Nagoya Grampus in the J-League. He’s still only 30, so has a fair bit of time on his side, but on the same note, his contract with the Japanese club expires in January, 2020. This feels like the type of move City could pull off, and Langerak has previously indicated that he’s open to a return Down Under, telling Goal Japan, “I’d love to go back and play in the A-League one day.”
Well… we’ve called them ‘The Pipedreams’ for a reason.