Berisha on the verge of goal-scoring history, but to more pressing matters…

Besart Berisha deserves all the plaudits for his tremendous goal-scoring record, but his defensive work should not go unnoticed

Besart Berisha is one goal away from breaking Archie Thompson’s record of 90 goals scored in the A-League.

His crowning moment could come as early as this weekend in the Melbourne derby, which would be a fitting way to immortalise the Albanian’s immense contribution to the league.

Berisha is a tremendous goalscorer: 48 at Brisbane and 41 at Victory have helped both clubs to championships. His influence extends beyond finding the back of the net though, as his work rate and energy made him a key defensive player at both clubs. Berisha’s pressing is almost as important as his goals.

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By Tim Palmer

Tim is a football coach, writer, analyst and sports scientist. He is currently Assistant Technical Director, Head of Player Development & Video and a coach at NWSF Spirit, as well as working with the Pararoos. Previously, he has worked as an analyst with the Socceroos, and in the A-League.

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