Talking points: Bart Schenkeveld

Bart Schenkeveld has not only been one of City’s strongest acquisitions this season, but he has also been a real asset to the competition.

Schenkeveld has been one of Club’s most consistent performers throughout the season, showcasing his pure speed and ability to win one-on-one duels.  We take a look at the key moments in his 2017/18 season.

City debut

Shortly after signing for Melbourne City FC from Dutch side PEC Zwolle in the Eredivisie, Schenkeveld made his debut in the Club’s FFA Cup win against Hakoah Sydney playing the full 90 minutes at centre-back.

From the onset, the 26-year-old demonstrated his elite passing ability and speed, which has seen him become one of the competition’s strongest defenders.

First A-League match

Schenkeveld’s impressive preseason saw the Dutchman debut in Round 1 of the 2017/18 Hyundai A-League season.

The defender was excellent in his league debut in front of the home fans, making an impressive contribution at the back that led to City’s clean sheet in their 2-0 victory over Brisbane Roar.

Back-to-back Etihad Player of the Month awards

Schenkeveld’s consistency was highlighted when the Dutchman was awarded with back-to-back Etihad Player of the Month awards in October and November.

A string of outstanding performances from the defender saw him beat the likes of Ross McCormack and Nathaniel Atkinson to the award. 

Speed, strength, skill

Essentially, Schenkeveld's physical prowess saw him become one of the best defenders in the league, showing his strength one-on-one, speed to the ball and passing ability. 

The Dutchman completed 90.5% of his passes - the best in the side - completed 75 clearances, 14 blocks, 57 interceptions and over 70% success rate on his aerial duels.

Player of the Year

Following a brilliant inaugural campaign, Bart Schenkeveld was crowned Melbourne City’s A-League Player of the Year.

Featuring in 25 of City’s 27 regular season matches and their two finals, the centre-back was a wall at the back throughout the season, which saw him lead his teammates in both duels and aerial dues won. Schenkeveld’s consistency at the back played a key role in City securing nine clean sheets – a new Club record.