One to watch: Ben Garuccio (Melbourne City)

Garuccio has been with City (previously Heart) for a few years now but the 2015/16 campaign looks to be his breakout season in the Hyundai A-League.

The versatile 20-year-old  – equally comfortable at left-back or wing – has featured in 12 games so far this season, making his mark in City’s eye-catching, attacking style.

With searing speed, great dribbling skills and an excellent engine, Garuccio has the talent to be a star of the Hyundai A-League for a very long time.

And he can only get better working with the likes of Aaron Mooy, Bruno Fornaroli, Michael Zullo and Alex Wilkinson at City.

Ben Garuccio.

Born in Adelaide, Garuccio signed with Heart in 2012 and was regarded as one of the hottest properties at youth level having been involved with the AIS and also going on to play for the Young Socceroos.

After getting small tastes of life in the A-League, he’s really come of age under John van ‘t Schip this season.

Garuccio has provided three assists, created nine chances, had 10 success dribbles and played in 13 crosses from open play.

The defensive side of his game has also gone to another level, making 38 interceptions, 33 tackles and 25 clearances, while his 289 passes have been at an accuracy rate of 73%.

Pretty impressive stuff and a clear indication why Garuccio is in the running for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year.