French midfielder Eric Bautheac is showing signs of the big impact he can make at Brisbane Roar, reckons coach John Aloisi.
The 30-year-old scored the only goal of the Roar's win over Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.
It was only his second goal of a stop-start campaign in which he's made 14 appearances, but Aloisi believes there's more goals and plenty of star quality to come from the former Nice and Lille player.
He's only going to get better and better; we'll see the best Eric next season.John Aloisi
The Roar signed Bautheac on a two-year deal that will be upgraded to a marquee contract for the second season.
He signed last September only for his arrival in Australia to be delayed by six weeks due to visa issues.
Just as he was starting to find his feet in the A-League, a hamstring injury sidelined the former Ligue 1 star for four matches.
His free-kick delivered a fourth victory in six games for Aloisi's side, and they're now only two points off the Finals Series places.
"He was brilliant," said Aloisi. "His all-round performance - not only when he gets at players one-v-one and beats them and can score free kicks, but he also works hard defensively.
"He's got a lot of energy. He's had a difficult time ... but he's only going to get better and better; we'll see the best Eric next season."
The coach added: "It sometimes happens with foreigners but these last five games we've got, he's going to be a big plus for us."
Brisbane face a tough trip to league leaders Sydney FC in their next game, but will then take on the bottom two teams Wellington and Central Coast in successive matches.
The Roar are 1/1 to win the Grand Final.
Brisbane are 13/10 to finish in the top six.
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