Player Stats From the 2020/21 A-League Season

By Ben Morris in Soccer
| July 29, 2021 10:01 am PDT

After clinching their first-ever Premier’s Plate, Melbourne City went on to win the 2020/21 A-League Grand Final – dispatching Sydney FC 3-1 in the showpiece.

It was a memorable season for Patrick Kisnorbo and his players. Jamie Maclaren broke all kinds of goalscoring records, Tom Glover was immense between the sticks, while young stars like Conor Metcalfe and Marco Tilio came to the fore.

If you follow the A-League, you will know that Maclaren claimed the Golden Boot in style. But what about the other 2020/21 A-League stat leaders?

Below, I analyze all the key player stats from the 2020/21 A-League season. Along with the top A-League goalscorers, I cover assists, shots, tackles, clean sheets, and a whole lot more.

Join me as I relive the 2020/21 campaign by looking over the A-League stats.

2020/21 A-League Top Goalscorers

There is only one place to start, right?

Of course, there are literally hundreds of different statistics to analyze at the end of every season. But let’s face it – looking at the goalscoring charts is always a top priority.

Here are the 2020/21 A-League top scorers.

  • Jamie Maclaren (Melbourne City) – 25
  • Matt Derbyshire (Macarthur FC) – 14
  • Bruno Fornaroli (Perth Glory) – 13
  • Tomer Hemed (Wellington Phoenix) – 11
  • Bobo (Sydney FC) – 11
  • Matt Simon (Central Coast Mariners) – 10
  • Bruce Kamau (Western Sydney Wanderers) – 9
  • Riku Danzaki (Brisbane Roar) – 9
  • Kosta Barbarouses (Sydney FC) – 8
  • Craig Goodwin (Adelaide United) – 8

Jamie Maclaren. That is all.

The Melbourne City forward enjoyed an outstanding campaign, netting 25 goals in 24 appearances. Along with five braces, Maclaren even bagged five goals in a single game as City crushed rivals Victory 7-0.

Further down the Golden Boot standings, Matt Derbyshire and Burno Fornaroli finishes second and third, respectively. In any other season, they would have grabbed the headlines. But Maclaren made their efforts seem pretty tame.

Unsurprisingly, Maclaren also chalked up the best goals-per-90 ratio – averaging over a goal per game.

BEST GOALS PER 90 MINUTES RATIOS (2020/21 A-LEAGUE SEASON)
Player Goals Minutes Goals/90 Mins.
Jamie Maclaren 25 2,058 1.09
Tomer Hemed 11 1,340 0.74
Bobo 11 1,378 0.72
Alou Kuol 7 911 0.69
Bruce Kamau 9 1,201 0.67

Despite finishing fourth on the Golden Boot leaderboard, Wellington’s Tomer Hemed was the second-most efficient goalscorer in 2020/21. The Israeli played four games fewer than Maclaren and netted 11 goals.

Bobo – one of the greatest overseas players in A-League history – also bagged 11 goals but clocked up 38 minutes more than Hemed.

Alou Kuol deserves a mention, too. The 20-year-old only made seven starts, with a further 18 appearances coming from the bench. Still, he managed to score seven goals in just 911 minutes of action.

Top Assist-Getters in the 2020/21 A-League Season

Assist stats have become hugely popular in recent years, with goal creators getting almost as much recognition as goalscorers nowadays.

Let’s look at the players with the most A-League assists in 2020/21.

  • Alessandro Diamanti (Western United) – 10
  • Craig Noone (Melbourne City) – 8
  • Ulises Davila (Wellington Phoenix) – 7
  • Corey Brown (Brisbane Roar) – 7
  • James Troisi (Western Sydney Wanderers) – 7
  • Neil Kilkenny (Perth Glory) – 7
  • Andy Keogh (Perth Glory) – 6

It is no secret that Western United endured a season to forget. However, Alessandro Diamanti continuously gave his all throughout the campaign.

Despite finishing third from bottom on the A-League ladder with a struggling team, the legendary Italian notched ten assists in 24 appearances for the Green & Black.

Melbourne City winger Craig Noone added eight assists to his six goals, meaning he posted 14 goals involvements in 23 appearances.

Ulises Davila recorded seven assists on his way to clinching the 2020/21 Johnny Warren Medal.

BEST ASSISTS PER 90 MINUTES RATIOS (2020/21 A-LEAGUE SEASON)
Player Assists Minutes Assists/90 Mins.
Alessandro Diamanti 10 1,914 0.47
Alex Baumjohann 5 986 0.46
Marco Tilio 4 848 0.42
James Troisi 7 1,493 0.42
Neil Kilkenny 7 1,524 0.41

Averaging just under 0.5 assists per 90 minutes, Diamanti was the most efficient assist-getter in 2020/21.

German veteran Alex Baumjohann and homegrown young gun Marco Tilio only clocked up 986 and 848 minutes, respectively. But they were still able to make notable contributions to their side.

More Attacking Stats for the 2020/21 A-League Season

Here are some more 2020/21 A-League stats relating to attack. This section covers penalties, shots on target, and crosses.

Penalties Scored

  • Jamie Maclaren (Melbourne City) – 5
  • Roy O’Donovan (Newcastle Jets) – 4
  • Tomi Juric (Adelaide United) – 3
  • Tomer Hemed (Wellington Phoenix) – 3
  • Matt Simon (Central Coast Mariners) – 3
  • Craig Goodwin (Adelaide United) – 3

Considering he scored 25 goals, you probably won’t be surprised to see Maclaren at the top of this list. But even if you took away his spot kicks, he would still have six goals more than his nearest challenger.

Roy O’Donovan, on the other hand, only scored seven A-League goals in 2020/21 – four of which were penalties. That means 57% of the Newcastle striker’s tally is spot kicks.

Tomi Juric, Matt Simon, Craig Goodwin, and Hemed were the only other players to score at least three penalties.

Shots on Target

  • Jamie Maclaren (Melbourne City) – 50
  • Dylan Wenzel-Halls (Brisbane Roar) – 36
  • Kosta Barbarouses (Sydney FC) – 36
  • Bruno Fornaroli (Perth Glory) – 35
  • Matt Derbyshire (Macarthur FC) – 28
  • Matt Simon (Central Coast Mariners) – 26
  • Bobo (Sydney FC) – 25
  • Riku Danzaki (Brisbane Roar) – 25
  • Ulises Davila (Wellington Phoenix) – 23
  • Craig Goodwin (Adelaide United) – 23

No shocks here!

Once again, Maclaren is way out in front on this leaderboard. The lethal marksman racked up 50 shots on target throughout the campaign, meaning half of his on-target attempts were goals.

Despite recording 36 shots on target, Brisbane’s Dylan Wenzel-Halls only scored seven goals. Sydney FC’s Kosta Barbarouses was also unlucky in that department, netting nine goals from 36 shots on target.

Here are the players with the best shots-on-target percentages.

BEST SHOTS ON TARGET % (2020/21 A-LEAGUE SEASON)
Player Shots on Target Shots on Target %
Riku Danzaki 25 58.1
Adam Le Fondre 8 57.1
Jason Hoffman 9 56.3
Patrick Wood 12 54.5
Alou Kuol 19 54.3

Unlike his Roar teammate, Riku Danzaki enjoyed a seriously efficient campaign. Not only did 58.1% of his shots hit the target, but he also scored nine goals in 25 appearances.

Kuol features again here. The prodigy chalked up 19 shots on target during his breakout season, meaning 54.3% of his attempts ended up between the sticks.

I included both Kuol and Wenzel-Halls among my top young Australian soccer players to watch in 2021.

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Crosses

  • Craig Noone (Melbourne City) – 203
  • Craig Goodwin (Adelaide United) – 199
  • Alessandro Diamanti (Western United) – 182
  • Corey Brown (Brisbane Roar) – 178
  • Jack Clisby (Central Cost Mariners) – 172
  • Jake Brimmer (Melbourne Victory) – 167
  • Luke Brattan (Sydney FC) – 164
  • Jay O’Shea (Brisbane Roar) – 121
  • Kosuke Ota (Perth Glory) – 117
  • Clayton Lewis (Wellington Phoenix) – 112

Noone registered a whopping 203 crosses during the 2020/21 A-League season. Having made 23 appearances, he averaged almost nine crosses per game.

It is no coincidence that the top two assists-getters find themselves in the top three on this leaderboard, too. Both Noone and Diamanti consistently created chances throughout the campaign.

Diamanti failed to reach the postseason with Western, but Noone was one of the key players at the 2021 A-League Finals Series.

2020/21 A-League Defending Stats

Attacking players invariably get the most attention. After all, they are the ones that put the ball in the net. But what about the unsung heroes?

Below, I look at two key defensive metrics – tackles and interceptions.

Tackles Won

  • Cameron Devlin (Wellington Phoenix) – 57
  • Victor Sanchez (Western United) – 52
  • Ziggy Gordon (Western Sydney Wanderers) – 45
  • Keanu Baccus (Western Sydney Wanderers) – 43
  • Rahmat Akbari (Brisbane Roar) – 41
  • Darryl Lachman (Perth Glory) – 41
  • Steven Ugarkovic (Newcastle Jets) – 36
  • Louis D’Arrigo (Adelaide United) – 36
  • Thomas Aquilina (Western Sydney Wanderers) – 35
  • Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC) – 34
  • Luke Brattan (Sydney FC) – 34

Averaging almost 2.5 successful tackles per game, Cameron Devlin was immense for the Nix throughout 2020/21. The defensive midfielder won 57 tackles across 23 appearances, underlining his importance to the team.

Victor Sanchez wasn’t far behind, though. The Western United star – who has over 300 La Liga appearances under his belt – won 52 tackles in only 18 games.

It is worth pointing out that three Western Sydney names make it into the top nine here. Ziggy Gordon, Keanu Baccus, and Thomas Aquilina were among the hardest-working players in 2020/21.

Interceptions

  • Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC) – 46
  • Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Newcastle Jets) – 46
  • Jack Clisby (Central Coast Mariners) – 46
  • Curtis Good (Melbourne City) – 45
  • Storm Roux (Melbourne Victory) – 45
  • Clayton Lewis (Wellington Phoenix) – 43
  • Keanu Baccus (Western Sydney Wanderers) – 43
  • Louis D’Arrigo (Adelaide United) – 43
  • Kai Trewin (Brisbane Roar) – 42
  • Tomoki Imai (Western United) – 41
  • Joel King (Sydney FC) – 41
  • Cameron Devlin (Wellington Phoenix) – 41
  • Kye Rowles (Central Coast Mariners) – 41

Ryhan Grant, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, and Jack Clisby each made 46 interceptions across the campaign, while Curtis Good and Storm Roux both managed 45.

As well as finishing third in the tackle charts, WSW’s Baccus notched 43 interceptions. Only five players made more interceptions than the 23-year-old DM.

A-League Goalkeeper Stats for the 2020/21 Season

Let’s finish by looking at some 2020/21 A-League stats for goalkeepers.

Clean Sheets

  • Andrew Redmayne (Sydney FC) – 9
  • Mark Birighitti (Central Coast Mariners) – 8
  • Tom Glover (Melbourne City) – 7
  • Adam Federici (Macarthur FC) – 7
  • Daniel Margush (Western Sydney Wanderers) – 6
  • Oliver Sail (Wellington Phoenix) – 6
  • Jamie Young (Brisbane Roar) – 6

With nine shutouts to his name, Sydney FC’s Andrew Redmayne won the 2020/21 A-League Golden Glove. He helped the Sky Blues to achieve the best defensive record in the entire division, conceding just 23 goals 26 matches.

Mark Birighitti played a key role in Central Coast’s third-place finish, keeping eight clean sheets. The Mariners also ended the season with the third-best defensive record, behind Brisbane.

Here are the goalkeepers with the best clean sheet percentages.

BEST CLEAN SHEET % (2020/21 A-LEAGUE SEASON)
Player Appearances Clean Sheets Clean Sheet %
Andre Redmayne 25 9 36.0
James Delianov 16 5 31.3
Mark Birighitti 26 8 30.8
Joe Gauci 10 3 30.0
Oliver Sail 20 6 30.0

Although Redmayne finds himself at the top of this leaderboard, I think James Delianov deserves huge credit for his efforts. The young Adelaide United shot-stopper only made 16 appearances, yet he managed to register five shutouts.

Saves

  • Jamie Young (Brisbane Roar) – 92
  • Adam Federici (Macarthur FC) – 89
  • Andrew Redmayne (Sydney FC) – 88
  • Oliver Sail (Wellington Phoenix) – 87
  • Daniel Margush (Western Sydney Wanderers) – 86
  • Ryan Scott (Western United) – 84
  • Liam Reddy (Perth Glory) – 74
  • Mark Birighitti (Central Coast Mariners) – 65
  • Matt Acton (Melbourne Victory) – 59
  • James Delianov (Adelaide United) – 50

Brisbane’s Jamie Young was the busiest goalkeeper, making 92 saves in 24 matches. That’s almost four saves per game!

Despite finishing second in the clean sheet charts, Birighitti only made 65 saves. The Central Coast gloveman was protected by a resolute backline, with the solid CB paring of Kye Rowels and Ruon Tongyik safeguarding the GK.

Wrapping Things Up

With the Finals Series invariably dishing up tons of excitement, it’s sad when the season comes to an end. However, looking back at the A-League stats is always fun.

Can Maclaren emulate his 2020/21 heroics and clinch another Golden Boot in 2021/22? Will Diamanti continue defy his age and chalk up the most assists next season? And can anyone stop Redmayne achieving the most shutouts again?

I guess we will have to wait and see.

In the meantime, why not check out our guide to betting on the A-League? If you enjoy gambling on Aussie soccer, you will love our A-League betting guide.

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