Perth Glory Christmas wish list

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With Christmas only a matter of days away, we at The Football Sack have compiled a small Christmas wish list for Kenny Lowe and his Perth Glory side, as they enter the festive period in desperate need of some gifts to help turn their season around.

Rhys Williams rumours disappear

An off-field issue that has the potential to drag on for weeks is the last thing Perth Glory need. After the news broke that Sydney FC had approached Williams over a potential move to the Sky Blues,  Glory were steadfast in denial the ex-Socceroo was close to leaving the club. Glory Chief Executive Officer Peter Filipoulos refuted the claims publicly, highlighting the fact Williams still has another year left on his current deal. The rumours will only enhance the spotlight on the 28-year old, who has struggled for form and fitness so far in what can only be described as sub-par season. Lowe will surely be wishing he could wake up on Christmas day to find out all the issues and rumours surrounding Williams have disappeared.

Castro’s return zaps Glory back into life

The Spaniard made his earlier than expected return last weekend, coming on in the second half in Perth’s 4-1 loss to Sydney FC, albeit with a heavily strapped right hamstring. Without Diego Castro pulling the strings Perth looked hesitant to play a forward pass and were increasingly predictable in attack. Chris Harold shouldered much of the attacking burden throughout Castro’s absence, but ultimately wasn’t nearly as effective as Lowe would have hoped. Having The Johnny Warren Medallist back in the side brings back the fear factor to Perth’s attacking play and if Castro can find form against Melbourne City, it would be a real Christmas treat.

Perth can manage a clean sheet against Melbourne City

Perth Glory have struggled to keep the goals out so far this campaign and an ever changing defensive unit is no doubt the catalyst for the issue. It seems Lowe is still unsure of his favoured back four, as nine Glory players have made starts in defence this season leaking a league high 23 goals. Compare that to table-topping Sydney FC who have started five players across the back four throughout the first 11 rounds, conceding only five goals. It is crunch time for Lowe and his Perth side and with a busy festive period approaching, it is critical team selection is consistent to give Perth the best chance to deliver their fans some Christmas specials.

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Stewart Marshall
Football lover so feeling lucky to be following Perth Glory for season 16/17.

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