Oriol Riera is adapting to life in Australia well having scored in a friendly and crucially, in the FFA Cup vs Wellington Phoenix.
Wanderers initial visa players were fantastic, save Dino Kressinger, but we have struggled with our imports ever since.
Oriol importantly has hit the ground running and looks to be a player we can build a title run around.
He has the energy, skill and temperament needed to test the defences of the A-League’s best teams and the ability to put the smaller clubs to the sword.
If Cejudo can bring the same ethic to Western Sydney we will have a very exciting team indeed.
Speaking in the Australian, Poppa said:
“He showed an amazing work rate, You can see the team is trying to get to know him and he is trying to get to know the players.”
“To have that leap in the 120th minute when your condition is not good and when you’re not match fit … it just shows he’ll be a fantastic player for us.”
Having put in a 2 hour shift Oriol will enjoy the break between games, however, will have another hit out possibly against another A-League club to look forward to.
Poppa hinted at changes, likely to mean Cejudo later in the same interview.
“We are into the next round and that is important because it guarantees us another tough match and the chance to maybe use a few players who didn’t get a start tonight.”