Wenzel-Halls poised to boost Roar firepower
DYLAN Wenzel-Halls scored goals for fun in the NPL, and now he’s poised to get the chance to open his A-League account after being included in Brisbane’s squad for the Roar’s clash against Western Sydney Wanderers at Mudgee today.
The former Western Pride marksman was among the 17man squad that headed south yesterday, with midfielder Daniel Leck omitted from the 18-strong list.
One more player will be left out of the squad today, but it won’t be Wenzel-Halls, who is set to be named among the five substitutes. Roar coach John Aloisi has been careful to take his time with Wenzel-Halls, but says the 20-year-old striker is ready for A-League football.
Aloisi will have no hesitation in throwing WenzelHalls into the fray this afternoon, particularly if Brisbane – yet to win this season – is desperate for a goal late in the contest.
“He’s a finisher,” Aloisi said of the player who scored 23 goals in just 11 games for the Pride this year before signing with the Roar in May.
“Get the ball to him in and around the box, and he knows where the back of the net is.
“He scored three goals in an internal game we had last week – if he gets the chance to play (today), he’ll be ready for it.”
Aloisi said Wenzel-Halls had been through “ups and downs” since the start of preseason training five months ago. “But that’s normal for a player who moves from a semi- professional environment to a full-time environment,” he said.
“They have to get used to training every day, and the need to be consistent every day.
“He needed to develop, and he has.”
Aloisi will demand a better start from his players today, with Brisbane’s disappointing haul of just two points from three matches not having been helped by a failure to click into gear straight from the opening whistle this season.
“I expect a reaction from the players,” Aloisi said.
The Roar squad were permitted to visit the Glen Willow Sports Stadium last night to ensure they would not be totally unfamiliar with the surroundings today.
“That’s important, particularly for someone like (striker) Adam Taggart, who likes to visualise where he might be in relation to the sets of goals during the match,” Aloisi said.
In-form Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young said the Wanderers would provide a “good challenge” for a Brisbane side out for redemption after last Saturday’s 2-1 away loss to Perth Glory.
“We’re really determined. We’ve worked hard and that’s what you need to do in reacting to any loss,” Young said.