Local Aussies: Ikonomidis third in Wanderers record
There may have only been two matches on the weekend but there was still plenty of Aussies starring in the Hyundai A-League, led by Wanderers youngster Chris Ikonomidis.
Here’s three players who caught the eye in our Local Aussies wrap.
The 22-year-old has been a breath of fresh air for the Wanderers since his arrival in January and he produced another impressive performance in his side’s 4-1 win over Wellington on Saturday.
Ikonomodis proved to be a constant threat for Josep Gombau’s side and picked up a classy goal in the 90th minute to put the stamp on a superb display.
The attacker fired seven shots on goals throughout the contest - the most of any player over the weekend and the third most of a Wanderers in an A-League fixture - and created three scoring chances for teammates, finishing with a passing accuracy of 83.3%.
The on-loan Lazio winger recently missed out on selection for this month’s Caltex Socceroos friendlies against Norway and Colombia, but will certainly come into World Cup calculations if he continues his current form.
The Wanderers fullback has been named in Bert van Marwijk’s 29-man Socceroos squad and his performance against Phoenix showed why he’s been included.
The 25-year-old was involved in everything for the Red and Black, picking up a game-high 108 touches as he covered a mountain of territory down the right flank.
The defender won 14 of 22 duels contested, created two goal-scoring chances and also picked up the assist for Ikonomidis’ late strike for the Wanderers.
His engine, work-rate and ability to get forward could see him become a genuine starting option at right-back for June’s World Cup in Russia.
The Perth Glory striker has had a wretched run with injury this season but proved his undoubted goal-scoring ability with a well-taken brace in Saturday’s 3-1 win over the Mariners.
The 28-year-old rose well to bury a header from a corner in the first half before burying an Andy Keogh rebound in the second stanza to seal the win for Kenny Lowe’s side.
Chianese’s two goals came from his two shots on target, with the attacker also creating a chance for a teammate in the comfortable win.
With Glory three points out of the top six with four games remaining, Chianese could prove crucial to Perth’s chances of a late push for a spot in the Finals Series.