Youth and depth are our strengths: Brosque

Striker Alex Brosque has hailed the Sky Blues depth ahead of Sydney FC’s clash with the North Queensland Fury at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday night (5:15pm kick-off).

Striker Alex Brosque has hailed the Sky Blues depth ahead of Sydney FC-s clash with the North Queensland Fury at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday night (5:15pm kick-off).

Brosque, who will be without fellow hit man Mark Bridge through injury, said that whoever comes into the Sydney FC line-up in his place will be more than ready and that the club has a crop of super talented youngsters that could do the job.

“Not having Bridgey there is going to be a big loss. It is yet to be seen if we change our formation or if it is just a straight swap,” Brosque said.

“It-s obviously disappointing to lose Bridgey this early but we have good young players coming through like Kofi Danning and we have some other good youngsters in Steve Corica-s youth team.

“While we are still on the hunt for another striker we-ve got more than enough depth with good quality players that could come in.”

After an excellent first up performance, Brosque said it was disappointing that he and Bridge would not be able to play with attacking midfielder Nicky Carle this weekend but feels their combination will evolve into something special.

“It was our first proper hit out together for 90 minutes and it seemed to work quite well,” Brosque said. “I think we expected it to take a few weeks to really kick in but Nick-s the sort of guy that can gel in anywhere with any players around him.”

“It makes it easier for us when you-ve got someone like him who can just fit in and do his thing. He adds so much to our front line so it was good that we started well but we need to make sure we keep it going.

“Now not having Bridgey makes it a bit more difficult but like I said whoever does come in Nick will make it a lot easier for him.”

Sydney FC hold a 2-1 head-to-head lead over the Fury and Brosque feels the 2010/11 version have already proved they will be tough to beat.

“They look very good,” Brosque said. “Going away to Perth is one of the hardest trips to go on in the A-League and they didn-t seem overawed and they went at them.”

“They more than deserved it. They pushed on and really took it to Perth and looked good going forward. They are going to be very difficult.

“We have done a little bit on their line up and how they play but it-s up there in Townsville and it being their first home game, we are expecting a really tough match.

“They-ve got a lot of new players. A lot of people have written them off way to early. They showed on the weekend by going to Perth and taking a point away they are a good side.

“They are going to be a much tougher prospect in Townsville, they always are and when summer kicks and it gets a lot hotter they will be even harder to beat but even in round one they showed they will be a real force this season.”

Sydney FC v North Queensland Fury previous meetings:

Head-to-Head: Sydney FC 2, North Queensland Fury 1

Sydney FC 3 v North Queensland Fury 2 - Dairy Farmers Stadium Saturday, 8 August 2009

Sydney FC 0 v North Queensland Fury 1 - Sydney Football Stadium Saturday, 12 September 2009

Sydney FC 4 v North Queensland Fury 1 - Sydney Football Stadium Saturday, 5 December 2009