The future of the Wanderers frontline

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Averaging just over one goal a game so far this season, Western Sydney Wanderers strike force is yet to truly fire.

Starting striker Kerem Bulut hasn’t scored in the A-League since his return to the club meaning the side is relying heavily on super-sub Brendon Santalab.

At 34 years of age the affectionately known Santa has already bagged four goals this season but showed against Brisbane he isn’t infallible, missing from point blank range.

With Santalab ageing and Bulut yet to score, the Wanderers frontline may currently be a frustration but the future of the red and black in front of goals is looking very bright.

Over the weekend 19-year-old strikers Lachlan Scott and Abraham Majok both got themselves on the scoresheet in the National Youth League for Western Sydney, helping to ensure a comprehensive 3-0 win against Sydney FC.

Having already featured for the senior side, Scott is close to forcing his way into the team permanently having scored 15 goals in 13 youth team appearances last season.

Scoring with his first touch off the bench over the weekend, as first team coach Tony Popovic watched from the stands, one would think Scott is primed to fire for the Wanderers if Bulut continues to draw blanks.

Majok on the other hand won’t be joining the senior side this season, but after just three appearances and three goals for Western Sydney’s youth side looks set to add some punch to the Wanderers front line in seasons to come.

Tall, strong, confident, with an eye for goal and surprising pace, Majok has all the right attributes to be a star striker of the future.

As it stands, the A-League side are reportedly closing in on securing the services of veteran Irish striker Robbie Keane.

A man who by no means has forgotten how to score, 36-year-old Keane could be an ideal short term solution to the Wanderers worries in front of goal.

Over the past five years in Major League Soccer for LA Galaxy he has netted an impressive 104 goals across 165 appearances adding to the 68 strikes he has for the Republic of Ireland.

Tim Cahill himself said the Wanderers need a big name and Keane gives them not only that but surely a more reliable outlet in front of goal too.

His presence at the club could also be just the ammunition Western Sydney’s young guns need to ensure in years to come they are all the side needs in front of goals.

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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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