Alexander Baumjohann’s future at Western Sydney Wanderers in the balance after “surprising” derby substitution


Baumjohann said he was fully fit and could have played out the game.

“I was surprised because I felt good, we just scored the 1-1 and had lots of space and opportunities,” he said. “We wanted to win the game so I was a little bit surprised that he put me off but it’s his decision and he has to make it.”

His goal, a deflected free kick, came after the German contributed two assists in Western Sydney’s previous two games. He has only three goals and three assists in total for the season but is ranked fifth overall (44) for chances created. The players above him have all played five or more matches this season.

Baumjohann said he was largely pleased with his campaign to date.

“[I had] bad luck with the injury, but when I was fit and I was playing I think it was not bad. In the first half of the season I created lots of chances but we didn’t score … I’m in top form now and hopefully I can play the last two games – maybe 90 minutes.”

His agent, Jurgen Milewski, will fly into Sydney once the season is finished to assess his options. In an interview with website Transfermarkt last week, Baumjohann said he was pleased with life in Sydney and the level of the A-League but was open to a move abroad, perhaps to Japan or South Korea. The Wanderers are yet to discuss a contract extension with him.

The draw snaps a run of four straight defeats in the derby for Western Sydney, and while falling short of what would have been their first victory in the fixture since February 2017, it has ended any chance the Sky Blues had of finishing top – although Baumjohann said he took no great pleasure out of that.

“We don’t play for this, we play for us – we want to win every game, we want to win the derby but we don’t look to the other teams,” he said. “We wanted to win today, at least we could get one point, our first point this season in the derby. At the end of the day, we have to be happy with the 1-1.”


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