Report cards on Heskey, Del Piero and Ono
IT'S been a week for report cards and with the regular A-League season almost over, I thought I would do my own on the A-League's three marquee players, Emile Heskey, Alessandro Del Piero and Shinji Ono.
While the former England and Liverpool striker has done a decent job with the Newcastle Jets, his first season Down Under has matched his overall career for his numerous clubs and his country.
The season has been a story of what might have been for Heskey who started with a bang and couldn't stop scoring. But as the competition went on, he became the Heskey of old.
Although he appears to have been giving his all, he has not been producing when it comes to what he should be doing - scoring goals.
He has hit nine this season so far - that's a fair return, but a player who has played at the top level should really be banging in more goals.
Alessandro Del Piero
Signing the Italian maestro was a marketing masterstroke by the powers that be at Sydney FC, and there is no doubt that both the club and the A-League have benefited by having Del Piero in Australia.
But while the Sydney FC fans might have fallen head over heels for the former Italian international, some might have been expecting better from a player rated as one the top performers in the world at the peak of his powers.
He has managed to score 12 goals, but I am sure deep down both fans and board members would have wanted a little bit more from Del Piero.
It will all come down to whether Sydney makes it though to the finals, but with Del Piero in its ranks, the team should have already secured a spot and that's why the Italian doesn't get a glowing report card from me.
In his own country of Japan, Ono has the nickname Tensai, which, translated into English means genius.
Now I am not sure I would go that far, but what the midfielder has done for new boys Western Sydney Wanderers has been fantastic.
One of the reasons why the Wanderers have secured an Australian record 10 straight league wins is the form of Ono.
He might not be able to say much as his English is not too great, but as they say, he has certainly let his football do the talking.
His two goals against Melbourne Victory will linger long in the memory - either would have been right at home in any of the top divisions in the world.