Dylan Pierias stepping up to A-League stage

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Western United’s spectacular yet chaotic win against Perth Glory highlights A-League’s significant hurdles this season.

With a difficult preseason and opening schedule, A-League teams around the country have lacked full fitness.

It has led to many teams having to rely on their young stars to shine.

One such player is Dylan Pierias. In their 5-4 defeat of Western United on Friday, the 20-year-old super sub stole the show and left many excited about this future prospect.

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With two goals to his name by full time and fellow striker Besart Berisha struggling to convert chances, Mark Rudan’s substitution proved to be the vital difference.

Although scoring both goals with poise, his brace are his first-ever A-League goals.

In his post-match press conference, Rudan praised his young star and fellow subs for their inspired performance.

“The substitutions were inspired, Dylan came on at 2-1 down and scores two goals. Lachy Wales did his part as well”

After calling for more goals from his team, Rudan won’t be disappointed in the group’s forward play. Although United converted five chances, it looked like lone striker Berisha was dipping in and out of the game. Rudan described his performance as selfless.

“People think Besart is this guy that’s somewhat selfish at times…but today and the last two games he’s been extremely selfless in the way he’s performed”

Berisha, who has been called selfish by others, has found himself in a new role in the early parts of this season.

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With Berisha struggling upfront this season so far, it could mean a switch to a front two.

When asked about the possible change, Rudan was typically ambiguous.

“Nothing is out of the equation. We work with a certain template; we don’t like to change too much.”

However the performance of Pierias could potentially lead to him playing more upfront. The biggest issue for the youngster will be defining himself and his games.

Rudan acknowledged Pierias needs to settle on what type of player he is.

“The big challenge for [him] is do you wanna be a starter and finish off a game and play 95 minutes or are you just an impact player and right now he’s got to make the decision.”

United’s performance highlights a key trend in the A-League this season, with teams needing to rely more on younger squad players to maintain fully fit.

The likes of Newcastle Jets star Ramy Najjarine and Adelaide United player Mohamed Toure have stepped up in key moments.

As the season progresses and players become fitter younger players might feature less. For now at least, the excitement of young guns such as Dylan Pierias is lighting up the league.

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Pokuah Frimpong
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