Chris Ikonomidis has been a revelation at Wanderers since coming to the club on loan from parent club Lazio last month.
The 6 time Socceroo is desperate to show his skills before the World Cup in Russia and with the Sydney derby coming next week arguably has the biggest stage in domestic football to prove his wares.
The derby at Moore Park is the only time the Easterners ever come out to watch a team which in all fairness is playing irresistible football, well at least domestically.
If Chris wishes to break into the Socceroos team, breaking through the Smurfs defence in their soon to be demolished mansion is the best way to announce himself.
Wanderers will be out for revenge after a timid display in the last derby, the less said the better.
We traditionally play well and butcher a lead at the Football Stadium as we did in the first of this year’s derbies, but our fans generally travel in large numbers and enjoy the venue.
It is a far better stadium for watching and playing football than ANZ or Spotless.
Gombau inherited a team he didn’t sign and has taken a broom through the squad, the additions of Carrusca and Ikonimidis are paying dividends in goals and possession.
Hopefully, there is room for club legend Brendon Santalab during the derby, he always puts in a shift and deserves a shot at them in what is potentially his last ever derby.
If we continue our recent form however, we may yet have another game in the postseason to look forward to against our rivals who are themselves in the middle of a fixture logjam created by Asian Champions League participation.
If we are to take advantage of the end of their home winning streak and weary legs, it will be due to the upsurge in our own fortunes, themselves driven in large part by the energy and enthusiasm of Chris Ikonomidis.