Christopher Ikonomidis proved he was a cut above the rest during his stellar performance against Wellington Phoenix on Sunday night and the recruit from Lazio has breathed new life into the Wanderers attack.

After the departure of Jumpei Kusukami in early January coach Josep Gombau made it clear that for the Wanderers to find some consistency a replacement winger would have to be brought in as quickly as possible.

With his impressive display on Sunday Ikonomidis appears to have filled the void perfectly and his Serie A capabilities were on full display as the Wanderers easily dismantled Wellington Phoenix in a four-nil trouncing.

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While a win against the weakest side in the competition does somewhat belittle Ikonomidis’ efforts on the night his first full A-League game is still a promising indicator of what’s to come.

Ikonomidis was prominently involved in the opening goal before skillfully tucking away one of his own and flourished throughout the contest with his workings in the wide role.

Gombau praised the Wanderers latest signing and explained that even though Ikonomidis had made just a single first-team appearance for Lazio the attacker entered the A-League with plenty of game experience through an alternative arrangement made by the Italian footballing giants.

“He was training everyday with the top team,” said Gombau.

“Every single week the players that don’t play Lazio found a friendly game for them which means he had game time every weekend.

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“He’s a player that has come in good shape, a good performance, he’s ready to compete.”

Gombau also possess the advantage of having worked with Ikonomidis in the past and knew how best to incorporate him into the Wanderers newfound approach to the game.

“We signed a player we know well because I worked closely with him in the Socceroos,” said Gombau.

“He wants to make one step more in his career and we will help him to do it.”

Ikonomidis and Raul Llorente paired well with one another on either flank and if the duo can effectively link up with marquee striker Oriol Riera then the Wanderers have the potential to generate a formidable attacking trio.

His true test will come next round when the Wanderers face a far tougher opponent in Newcastle Jets who clearly will be far less feeble than the flailing Phoenix.

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