BRETT Holman has found form at the right time, much to the delight of Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi.
Big things were expected of the Socceroos stalwart in his first A-League season, but the combination of a late pre-season arrival and knee surgery that sidelined him for a significant part of the Roar’s campaign has frustrated the 33-year-old attacking midfielder.
However, Holman has now netted four goals in his past three games – including a spectacular double in the Roar’s 4-3 win over Wellington Phoenix on Sunday – in all competitions to be red-hot heading into the A-League finals series.
“He’s coming into form right when we want him too, and Brett’s a big game player, so we know that Brett in the finals is going to step up,” Aloisi said.
“The last few games he’s been doing well, scoring goals, getting into good positions, his workrate’s been great, (he’s) setting up other players, but we knew that Brett would bring that to our team.
“We were just unlucky that Brett was injured for a big chunk of the season, but we dealt with it.
“We had to play other players, but Brett, he can change a game of football, and he’s been doing it.”
While Holman’s form is good news for the Roar, fullback Jack Hingert’s season could be over after he had cheekbone surgery on Saturday.
Hingert had been named in an extended Roar squad for last night’s game but the facial injury he suffered in the Roar’s 2-1 AFC Champions League midweek win over Kashima Antlers was worse than first feared.
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“We’re not sure (how long Hingert will be out),” Aloisi said.
“It could be maybe, if we’re lucky, second week of the finals, with a mask on, could be grand final we don’t know.
“It’s unfortunate for Jack that happened. It’s unlucky, but we’ll try to get him back as quick as possible, but we also don’t want to put him at risk.”
Originally published as ‘Holman can change a game of football’
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