Is Oriol Riera already Western Sydney’s greatest striker?

Sydney FC clawed their way back from a 2-0 deficit to draw 2-2 with Western Sydney Wanderers in the Sydney Derby. Bobo converted a penalty just before the break and Josh Brillante equalised just after the hour mark. However the first half was all Western Sydney with Oriol Riera and Brendan Hamill both heading in goals after losing their marker. 

Riera became just the fourth player to score in his first three A-League matches and memories of failed strikers of old are slowly disappearing for Wanderers fans.

Players to score in their first three A-League matches

Dwight Yorke (Sydney FC 2005-06)

Charlie Miller (Brisbane Roar 2008-09)

James Meyer (Brisbane Roar 2010-11)

Oriol Riera (Western Sydney Wanderers 2017-18)

Croatian Dino Kresinger only netted twice in 25 matches in their maiden 2012-13 season. His first goal came after 10 matches and his second came in his 24th.

Joey Gibbs only scored two goals in 13 matches. His two goals came in his third and ninth match.

Federico Piovaccari scored twice in 12 matches, scoring in his sixth and seventh match.

Jaushua Sotirio and Kerem Bulut have scored five goals each (the latter in two stints). Nikita Rukavytsya scored three goals in 23 matches.

Kwabena Appiah, Tahj Minniecon, Gol Gol Mehbratu, Alusine Fofanah, Ryan Griffiths, Josh MacDonald, Mario Shabow, Abraham Majok, Michael Trajovski, and Lachlan Scott have scored one goal between each other, with Scott being the only player out of 10 strikers to find the back of the net.

Stat Attack

  • Sydney FC conceded first but secured a point for the fifth time in a Sydney Derby
  • Vedran Janjetovic conceded his first two goals in a Sydney Derby while playing for Western Sydney
  • Brendan Hamill scored his first A-League goal since November 2011 when playing for the then Melbourne Heart

Obviously Brendan Santalab, Mark Bridge, and Tomi Juric have had success in front of goal scoring 72 goals between them.

Riera has scored one less goal than Kresinger and Piovaccari in 34 fewer matches. He is only three goals away from scoring more goals than 16 strikers Western Sydney have previously tried up front.

There’s a reason why Wanderers fans are already in love with their Spaniard striker, the more goals he scored the quicker the bad memories of strikers past vanish. There are still 24 matches left of the season so it’s likely, if he keeps going at this rate he will overtake Juric’s tally. But is Riera already in Western Sydney’s top 10 goal scorers. Find out in our quiz below.

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