Melbourne City coach Warren Joyce has praised the lively contribution of Daniel Arzani following a sensational cameo against Adelaide United yesterday but says he still expects more from the youngster.

Arzani has ample talent with a willingness to play with flair and confidence despite his level of inexperience.

He’s taken no time at all to settle into the A-League competition, competing against more senior opposition including Ersan Gulum and Isaias and not shy to take it up to those players.

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“You’ve seen similar qualities at the start of the season as soon as he arrived at the club,” said Joyce.

“It frustrates me that for a large chunk of the season he’s not been here training with us and been away which has sort of stopped his development, he’s had an operation as well that put him back a bit.

“I think as soon as you put eyes on him there’s X-Factor and talent there but he’s got a lot of bad habits.

“Sometimes that’s not all his fault, people have allowed him to get away with things over a period of time but they become permanent.

“There’s a lot of things he’s got to improve on and learn but certainly he’s got X-Factor talent and qualities that can win games and create chances.”

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Joyce feels the potential is there for Arzani to play for a championship team, only if he can maintain good discipline and work ethic which can come as he continues to develop.

“It’s really game understanding, fitness and game awareness,” said Joyce.

“If he’s going to progress and play for a team that really wins things and become serial winners, that demand is really high.”

A positive for City fans though is Arzani is already showing key characteristics of working hard to get the best out of himself.

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“If you see him at training he’s one of the hardest working players at this football club doing extras,” said Joyce.

“The amount of time he spends in the gym and the hours when he leaves the place, he probably leaves later than anyone at the club.

“Intelligence wise I think he’s a real top student at school as well, so he’s got a chance.”

Following the big win against Adelaide United, Joyce will need Arzani and the rest of his team to back up this emphatic performance.

It’s going to be a pivotal match when Melbourne City face Newcastle Jets next round.

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Liam Watson is covering Melbourne Victory this season while completing Media and Communications at La Trobe University.