One to watch: Jaushua Sotirio (Western Sydney Wanderers)

Mark down the 2015/16 season as the year Sotirio made his mark in the Hyundai A-League.

Given a taste of the first-team over the last 18 months under Tony Popovic, the 20-year-old has featured in nine of 10 games this season as Western Sydney have surged to the top of the competition.

Blessed with searing speed and an excellent left-foot, Sotirio has the potential to be a dominant winger for years to come.

And he’s in the best place to develop under Popovic.

A part of the Wanderers youth system from day one, Sotirio was offered a trial at Sydney FC at that time but turned it down to stick with the Red and Black.

It’s proved a wise move with Sotirio improving every season, no doubt learning a lot from the likes of Shinji Ono, Aaron Mooy and Youssouf Hersi over the years and now Romeo Castelen, Mark Bridge and Dario Vidosic.   

His stats so far this season make for impressive reading.

The Marconi junior has had two assists, created seven chances, had 11 shots, 17 crosses and won every single one of the 10 tackles he’s had to make.

Pretty exceptional stuff and a major factor why he’s one to watch in the NAB Young Footballer of the Year race.

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