Heart By The Numbers - Week 15

Melbourne Heart FC’s near unrecognisable transformation from last season to the current campaign has been borne out in statistics which highlight the increased potency of the Club’s attacking force.

Melbourne Heart FC-s near unrecognisable transformation from last season to the current campaign has been borne out in statistics which highlight the increased potency of the Club-s attacking force.

The Red and White have recorded a 56 per cent increase in goals scored for the season to date compared to last year, with the attacking triumvirate of Eli Babalj, Mate Dugandzic and Rutger Worm emerging as one of the most forward combinations in the league.

With four goals from seven starts, Babalj is quickly cementing his reputation as a star on the rise, while Dugandzic-s strength as both a creator and finisher of chances make him a significant threat in the final third of the park.

Meanwhile, having delivered four assists, Worm-s vision and pinpoint precision passing has been the trademark of a remarkable rise by the Dutchman, who emerged from an injury interrupted pre-season to make an impact during the campaign proper.

Heart though has also impressed at the other end of the park as well, leading the competition in tackling efficiency to demonstrate the impact of head coach John van ‘t Schip-s continued emphasis on regaining possession in transition.

From an individual stand point, central defender Brendan Hamill , midfielder Wayne Srhoj and Dugandzic are all ranked within the competition-s top ten for individual tackling efficiency.

Heart By The Numbers

Goals - Mate Dugandzic (6) Assists - Aziz Behich (5) Passes Completed - Matt Thompson (415) Minutes Played - Michael Marrone (1350) Yellow Cards - Aziz Behich (4)