MELBOURNE City coach Warren Joyce said he won’t be scared to lean on his youngsters in Tuesday night’s trip to Hakoah Sydney City East.
Daniel Arzani, Denis Genreau, both 18, Dylan Pierias, 17, who all debuted last season, and new signing Ramy Najjarine, 17, are in the squad along with striker Braedyn Crowley and defender Ruon Tongyik, both 20.
Stefan Mauk, who did not reappear after he was collected while scoring the opener just before halftime in the 2-0 win at Peninsula Power last round, is travelling having just returned to training.
While most of the kids will start on the bench, Joyce — who is famed for his work with Manchester United’s youth academy — said he’s been preparing them to play.
“We’ve got a lot of young players in our group. All the time with young players you’re making sure they were ready so when that one chance came, it was getting them totally prepared and not coming as a shock,’’ Joyce said.
“We’ve got what we’ve got available. The bench is (very young).’’
Dutch defender Bart Schenkeveld has been named to debut, while the Bouzanis brothers — City keepers Dean and younger brother, fellow shot-stopper Anthony go head to head.
City is missing experienced heads Osama Malik (injured) and Tim Cahill (Socceroos duty) for the visit to the former NSL club, with Fernando Brandan still recovering from a knee reconstruction.
Originally published as Door open for City’s youngsters
Source: sports dailytelegraph