Rival coaches Kenny Lowe and Phil Moss have cautioned the possible Asian Cup selection of Perth Glory whiz kid Daniel De Silva.
The uncapped 17-year-old has been named in Australia’s preliminary 46-man squad for next month’s tournament and he further underlined his promising credentials with another dazzling performance off the bench in Glory’s 4-1 win over Central Coast at nib Stadium on Saturday night.
De Silva’s 35-minute showing was headlined by an opportunistic yet classy goal, which caught Mariners goalkeeper Liam Reddy unaware, will be a strong contender for one of the strikes of the season.
There is speculation the AS Roma-bound youngster could make the final cut when Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou trims the squad down to 23 before the December 30 deadline.
Glory coach Lowe was coy on whether the brightest young prospect in Australian football should be selected.
“It depends in what context,” Lowe said. “Do you want him to go there and run the show and be the man? Not going to happen, he’s not ready.
“Do you want him go and get a taste of something that he might get a taste of in the future to give him a little bit of experience? I don’t know, but I’m not going to tell people or second guess people.”
Moss sounded a warning about placing high expectations on De Silva, who he compared to another exciting young footballer in the injury-plagued Tom Rogic.
“It wasn’t that long ago everyone was painting Tommy Rogic as the knight in shining armour for the World Cup, but he went away to Scotland and got himself injured and didn’t even figure,” Moss said.
“We’ve got to be careful with these talents coming through. There’s plenty of them in Australia, but we’ve got to give them a chance to learn their trade and let time be the judge.
“What I hope is that the media don’t put too much pressure on him too early. He’s a talent and he’s obviously got himself a great deal overseas, but we’ve got to give these kids time to breathe, time to learn what it’s like to be a professional footballer day-in, day-out.
“There’s been plenty of kids that have fallen by the wayside because they couldn’t handle the pressure so I think we’ve just got to go quietly with him. He’s a good kid from all reports … certainly he’s having an impact on the A-League as did some of our kids before they went away – Matty Ryan and Trent Sainsbury to name two.”