Five Wanderers worth watching

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As Western Sydney Wanderers players slowly but surely find their feet, there are a few well worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses.

Here are my early season favourites to stand out from the rest of the red and black pack.

1. Nicolas Martinez

“Excellent” was all Popovic really had to say when asked how he thought Martinez performed in his starting debut for the club against the Mariners. ‘”He’ll just keep getting better and better. It’s just the beginning for him,” Popovic eventually added.

A loan signing from Greek giants Olympiacos, the Argentinian midfielder looks like making the most of his stint down under with real skill on the ball and sheer pace set to see him breathe considerable life into the Western Sydney attack. He’s already provided his first assist too with a neat ball for Brendan Santalab against the Central Coast to secure the club’s fastest ever A-League goal.

2. Jumpei Kusukami

Joining Martinez on the Wanderers’ left flank is this Japanese import who already has fans jumping. One of the few bright spots from a 4-0 derby loss, Jumpei is settling in quickly in Australia with his agility on and off the ball keeping opposition defences on their toes. Though he has so far lacked a finishing touch, expect this Japanese winger to have a real impact at the club.

 

3. Dimas

A newly appointed captain with some considerable shoes to fill, Dimas has so far shouldered his new found responsibility with real class. Occupying a deep midfield role, the Spanish veteran gives the red and black a very reliable option in both attack and defence. Off the pitch, Dimas gives the fans a passionate and very likeable figure to look up to.

 

4. Kearyn Baccus 

Right next to Dimas in the heart of midfield recently has been 25-year-old Aussie Kearyn Baccus. A peripheral figure of seasons past for the club, this could well be Baccus’ breakthrough year as he grows in confidence with every touch. Maintaining 84 per cent passing accuracy, winning six of seven aerial duels and not afraid to shoot with five to his name so far this season, Baccus doesn’t look like backing down from his new found starting position.

 

5. Lachlan Scott

Off the back of an impressive 15 goals from 13 games with the Western Sydney youth team, Scott is a young striker looking very sharp. Nabbing a double in his senior debut for the club in the FFA Cup, he made his A-League debut off the bench against the Mariners and although failed to make an impact he will undoubtedly have one if given game time this season.

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Joshua Thomas
Joshua Thomas
A football fanatic and journalism student who won't leave you wondering about any Wanderers news this season as I cover all things Red and Black for The Football Sack.

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