Youngster finds feet at Wanderers
LESS than three months ago, Keanu Baccus didn’t know what it felt like to lose his ALeague starting spot because he’d never really had one.
The Western Sydney youth product had played a total of 118 minutes — none this season — when he was thrown into the Sydney derby cauldron last December for his second career start.
The abrupt inclusion shocked everyone in a radical Josep Gombau revamp that practically invited a 5-0 thrashing from Sydney FC.
Yet Baccus showed enough in midfield alongside older brother Kearyn for Gombau to give him another go.
The following week, the 19year-old came of age with a man-of-the match performance in a 2-0 win over Central Coast. Suddenly a regular, Baccus found himself dealing with the mental side of the game, and he looked to 26-year-old Kearyn for support.
“He’s been through it all so he always gives me advice and helps me at home, just talks me through everything,” Baccus said. “I’m probably a bit quiet so I usually keep it to myself but, if it’s really worrying me, I can always talk to him. He usually brings it up; he sees what’s happened with me and helps me out.”
The Red and Black Bloc last Sunday.