Melbourne City skipper Bruno Fornaroli has hailed the rise of winger Nick Fitzgerald as his side prepare to face resurgent Wanderers in the Harbour City on Friday night.
FITZY ON FIRE THIS SEASON
"I don't just think it's the last month - this season he's played fantastic football," the City captain told reporters.
"Nick works hard every day and when you start to play a lot of games you take a lot of confidence and your level goes up.
"When your confidence is high, you can play your best football.
"For me, I need the wingers in the best moments and Nick is fantastic now."
NO CAHILL? NO WORRIES
Melbourne City will be without Caltex Socceroo Tim Cahill for tomorrow night's visit to Spotless for their clash with the red and black.
"He's a big miss for us, of course," said Fornaroli.
"When Tim is in, he can get at a defender.
"When he makes a run to the [near] post, the defender goes with him and creates space for the other players.
"But we have big players, we can change the formation.
"Maybe 'Fitzy' [Nick Fitzgerald] goes in again. It's good, because we have [plan] A and B.
"I think we have the solution."
The Uruguayan's brace against Newcastle last Saturday took him to 17 goals for the Hyundai A-League season, just one behind Victory's sharp-shooter Besart Berisha, who is away this weekend on international duty with Kosovo.
Fornaroli won the Golden Boot in a sizzling debut campaign for City, scoring an astonishing 25 goals last season.
"I don't think much about the Golden Boot," said Fornaroli.
"I'm a striker and of course I want to score a lot of goals but I think more of my team.
"I don't need to win another Golden Boot; I need to work hard for my team."