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A-League clubs often acquire marquee players to do specific jobs in attack that are particular to their individual skills.

Victory splashed out on Berisha mainly because of his fantastic goal-scoring ability and after six rounds he sits alone at the top of the competition goal-scoring list with five.

But just as he did at his previous club - Brisbane Roar - Berisha is working his backside off in defence as well.

"He's the ultimate team player," Leijer told TWG. "It's incredible, the amount of work he does.

"Apart from what he does in attack, he's always working hard in defence and he gets back for set pieces all the time. He defends very well on those.

"You don't always get that from marquee players, so he has really impressed me with his attitude."


Berisha comes up against Brisbane for the first time at Etihad Stadium on Friday night.

He enjoyed enormous success under the coaching of, first, Ange Postecoglou, and Hypervenom Phelon FG then Mike Mulvey at Roar, winning two championships.

Leijer says Berisha, a proven big-match player, has given the impression at training that he's ready to perform Mercurial Vapor X AG again.

"He's been quite Youth Nike Mercurial vocal this week. He's quite vocal any week," Leijer said. "He's been immense for us and he's brought in a real winning attitude and a real intensity with the way he goes about things.

"He doesn't settle for second best and we love having him around and I'm sure he's very excited to play against his old club. I hope he has a big one.

"He's the same as normal. I think, if you look at the games we've already played this season, they've all been massive games and probably one of the main reasons 'Bes' joined Victory was the possibility to play in derbies like the 'Big Blue' and against Adellaide, and play in front of big crowds.

"He's adapted to that level and he's looking forward to this game as much as he did our other home games.

"We're all looking forward to it. We've had some great home games this season already and some good results and we really enjoy playing at home.

"It's not going to be easy, but I think the boys are heading in the right direction and we can't wait to get out there again."

Brisbane has made a point of saying little or nothing about Berisha in the lead-up to the game.

Mulvey said Roar couldn't afford to concentrate too much on any one player in the opposition, in case it hurt overall team performance.

Brisbane midfielder Steven Lustica, when asked what Roar Hypervenom Phantom FG needed to be most careful about when it came to Victory, replied: "Obviously, they've got some quality players, but we're not too concerned about what they're doing.

"It's more about us and our own preparation and making sure we come out firing."

Asked specifically about Berisha, Lustica said: "Look, we all know Bes and what he did for our club, but like I said, we can't just concentrate on one player.

"We've got to focus on our own game and make sure we bring our best game."

After losing its first four games of the season, Roar bounced back with a 4-0 win on the road against Newcastle Jets last weekend.

As well as Roar played, Newcastle was awful, but Lustica was adamant Brisbane had every right to be delighted with its performance regardless of what the opposition may or may not have done.

"We were very happy with our performance against the Jets," he said.

"In our first four games we played a lot of good football, but little details were costing us games and I think we've fixed that. We've worked hard on the training field to do that.

"What we did against the Jets has given us a lot of confidence going in against Victory.

"Victory are a quality team, but we're concentrating on our own performance and if we can produce another one like the display against the Jets we'll like our chances.

"It was only a matter of time before things clicked into gear and that happened against the Jets.

"We're going full-bore to get the three points against Victory and nothing less will satisfy us.


"Last week was the Brisbane Roar we know and the way we want to play football."

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