The three goal thumping dealt by Melbourne Victory on Friday night has highlighted the urgent need for new signings to fill several voids in the Western Sydney Wanderers line-up.

The sudden departure of centre back and captain Robert Cornthwaite threw an obvious spanner in the works for the Wanderers ahead of the clash leaving a gaping hole in the rearguard that needed patching.

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His farewell coupled with a number of players currently injured, suspended or called upon for international duty further exasperated the issue allowing Muscat’s men to easily halt the Wanderers recent four-game unbeaten streak.

Jack Clisby was shifted into the unfamiliar middle position alongside Michael Thwaite who for the time being remains the Wanderers only experienced central defender.

While Clisby certainly proved he is capable of playing a central role when necessary the player usually accustomed to left back is merely a short term solution to the problem.

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“We are looking, we have now a player that left this position and we’re looking for another to help us for a central defender,” Gombau explained post patch.

“But for me Jack did a good job and I’m happy with him.”

The choice to start Clisby ahead of Wanderers National Youth League product and centre back Tass Mourdoukoutas did raise a few ‘what ifs’ in wake of the outcome but Gombau was confident that the decision to withhold the 18-year-old was the right one.

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“The decision was easy for me,” he said.

“I like to start players in an environment that they feel for comfortable.

“I like Tass but I think the moment wasn’t correct to bring him into the middle of the park in a big game.”

The changes come shortly after coach Josep Gombau also expressed the need to employ a new winger to replace Jumpei Kusukami who was released along with Jacob Melling during the January transfer window.

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The Wanderers can take some consolation in the fact that they were without the presence of Alvaro Cejudo who was ruled out of the clash due to an injury while Brendan Hamill was sidelined via suspension.

Even with the return of such players the Wanderers are still time and time again exposed for their distinct decline in quality when forced to call upon their mixed bag of a bench, as evidenced by the two late goals which saw them succumb to late equalizers in draws against Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United in their last two outings.

Putting faith in the youngsters can pay dividends as Keanu Baccus has proven on several occasions however with international positions in the club now freed up the Wanderers are crying out for a bolster in quality.

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Bachelor of Journalism student from the University of Wollongong, covering Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2017/18 season.