Melbourne City coach John van’t Schip has confirmed the club is investigating ways to secure Bruno Fornaroli’s future after Uruguayan turned in another starring performance in Saturday night’s Melbourne Derby.
Fornaroli spearheaded City’s charge to a 2-1 half-time lead with two well-taken goals extending his season tally to 17.
With Robert Koren now departed, van’t Schip told Fox Sports there was a possibility Fornaroli would move into the international marquee spot.
“It’s obvious we’re very happy with Bruno and that he’s delivering every game,” van’t Schip said on Matchday Saturday.
“Outside the goals you see the workrate he puts in and the energy he gives to the team. That’s what we want.
“He’s a player that of course we want to keep and reward. We’ll certainly have a look into those kinds of things.”
Despite leading at the break, City spent much of the second 45 on the back foot after Gui Finkler levelled the match shortly after the restart.
The home side’s cause was not helped by a second red card in three matches for midfielder Anthony Caceres, who van’t Schip says must adapt to more robust responsibilities.
“We will be happy we can take this point with the red card and maybe not (being) complete in the game today,” the Dutch coach said.
“It’s of course very disappointing for Anthony but on the other hand he has to get a bit used to maybe a different kind of role and getting into same challenges he’s not used to.
“Those are things now he has to start working on because we can’t lose him every time he comes in."