Western Sydney Wanderers forward Golgol Mebrahtu is hoping coach Tony Popovic’s off-season squad overhaul can help propel him into first team contention.
The Red and Black have undergone a player revolution since their ninth place finish last season, shedding 18 players and acquiring new recruits like midfielder Mitch Nichols and Italian marquee striker Federico Piovaccari.
Mebrahtu spent 12 months on the sidelines with an ACL tear sustained in his first match for the Wanderers, returning in the club’s final round defeat to Perth Glory in April, and said he’s ready to stake a claim for a starting XI position.
When the Southern Expansion A-League bid was rejected in December 2018, Sydney FC probably breathed a sigh of relief. Across town, one can assume the Western Sydney Wanderers were marginally apprehensive – someone else had encroached on their territory.
Western Sydney Wanderers coach Markus Babbel is having a tough time inspiring his players, but this might say more about the difficulty of coaching in the A-League than an entire generation of players.