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Lowy's parting A-League shot at City

  • Lowy's parting A-League shot at City

Departed FFA chairman Frank Lowy has urged Melbourne City to add a superstar to their five-star scoring machine.

Even before fan boycotts sent A-League attendances firmly into reverse, FFA was concerned about lacklustre crowd numbers in the competition's 11th season.

City are wowing on the field, with hauls of five goals in their past two outings taking them to the top of the scoring charts.

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But the sister club to English Premier League giants Manchester City are struggling to tick over turnstiles, averaging just 7,370 fans to AAMI Park this season.

It's the smallest figure of any club and has executives in head office tearing their hair out given the resources available to City.

City's American counterpart club New York City FC has seen Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and David Villa run around this year without an equivalent signing coming to Melbourne.

Lowy said he made FFA's feelings known to City in the last days of his tenure.

"We need more personalities in the game ... Del Piero and people like him," he told AAP.

"I had a discussion with them, pointed them out the expectations.

"I talked about (marquees), big personalities."

City's two marquees have begun the season in contrasting style.

Socceroo Aaron Mooy is on Johnny Warren Medal-winning form while international marquee Robi Koren has not played since round two.

A calf injury originally diagnosed as a two-week injury has ballooned out to six weeks but the 35-year-old is back in training and could resumed this month.

While the marquee slots are filled, City is understood to be considering options to bring a guest player for the back half of the season.

Corey Gameiro's season-ending ACL rupture, while unwanted, also gives the club flexibility to sign another player on an injury replacement contract.

But a new "banking" provision that allow A-League clubs to save unused parts of their salary cap for use in future years must also be considered.

That means City is more likely to promote a youth-team player in Gameiro's place rather than hunt for the next Harry Novillo, who first joined on a similar deal last year.

Unlike injury replacement players, the wages of guest players are not part of the salary cap.

John van `t Schip's side moved up to fifth on the table with their thumping 5-1 win at Central Coast on Thursday.

City will gun for a third-straight win at Newcastle on Sunday.

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