Baccus can make it in Europe: Robinson

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Western Sydney Wanderers coach Carl Robinson hailed Keanu Baccus and says he is capable of playing in Europe after his role in a 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory.

Goal-scorers Graham Dorrans and Kwame Yeboah stole the show late on, but another typically tidy performance by Baccus caught the eye of Robinson as the Wanderers clinched their first home win of the season.

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He showered Baccus in praise post-match and asserted the 22-year old defensive midfielder has what it takes to break into European football.

“Do I think he could play over there? Yes, I do,” Robinson said.

“My background is over there, so I know all the profiles of players needed over there and he’s got that.

“First of all, he’s a fantastic person; great kid to work with, he wants to learn, he’s always asking questions… Second thing is he commits to his work. If he commits to his work, nine times out of ten you get the reward.”

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It was reported last year Baccus had attracted interest from Europe, and that he does eventually want to make the move overseas.

Robinson encouraged Baccus to pursue that goal but warned he must stay committed to the move.

“I say to all players… go and stay,” he said.

“That is the key to it, because if you go there and it doesn’t work out and you come back, then sometimes people look at you a bit differently.

“The top Australian players that go have stayed there for ten years and carved out a career over there. I think that’s important, and I can help him with that.

“I don’t know when he’s going to go, but I want him to go at some stage. At the moment he’s fantastic for this football club and I’ll keep him as long as I can.”

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Baccus’ performance against Victory was one of many highlights for the Red and Black as they moved into third place on the ladder.

While two late goals by Dorrans and Yeboah proved decisive, Robinson highlighted another top defensive performance by his team.

The Wanderers have conceded just six goals in seven games this season, the second-best defensive record of the league behind Sydney FC who have played two less games.

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Robinson also sang praise for his side’s defence.

“They deserve a lot of credit,” he said.

“Ziggy (Gordon), who was a new signing before the season has been phenomenal, Patrick (Ziegler) has come back into the team and played two consecutive games in three days, and the young kid (Mark) Natta is growing and growing each game.

“That’s not including Dylan (McGowan) and Tass (Mourdoukoutas) who have been out injured, as well as (Phillip) Cancar.

“The successful teams are built on foundations at the back, and I think we’re slowly doing that.”

Feature Image Credit: Steve Christo

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Jye Campbell
Journalism student at Western Sydney. Love my football (#lazoumance) and rugby league (#pantherpride). Advocate for FIFA Career Modes. Covering Western Sydney Wanderers in both A-League and W-League for the 2020/21 season.
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