Perth Glory midfielder Liam Miller has given his tick of approval to young teammate Daniel De Silva, who became the second-youngest player in A-League history when he made his debut off the bench in the 2-1 win over Sydney FC last night.
The fans were singing De Silva’s name even before he was introduced in the 62nd minute and weren’t let down, with the 15-year-old whiz kid showing promising signs in a lively display.
Experienced former Manchester United and Celtic midfielder Miller played alongside De Silva and joked he would be taking advice from the youngster, rather than the other way around.
“He was brilliant when he came on,” Miller said.
“I’ve seen him the last week or two in training and he’s 15 years old.
“There’s certainly great potential there. You see it and training and he came on last night and did very, very well.
“I’m sure the future’s going to be great for him. He can learn off the older senior players because there’s a number of players with a lot of experience in the club.
“He’s a good kid and fairly quiet to be honest, but you see the ability he has last night, flying around winning tackles and breaking up the play.
“We’re delighted for him, it was a very good debut.”
First-half goals from Chris Harold and Shane Smeltz either side of a 30m wonder strike from Sydney’s Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero were enough to give Glory a victory that pushed them to within three points of the top six.
Del Piero scored his 12th goal of the season in the 28th minute after being afforded too much space and time on the ball.
The Juventus legend launched a swerving left-foot shot into the top corner from 30m, leaving his opponents in awe.
“It was pretty sick, to be fair,” Miller said.
“You think you’re doing the right thing by letting him shoot from there on his bad foot but it’s just a sick goal, to be fair.
“You can see the quality he has. It was a tremendous goal.”
Glory take on fifth-placed Newcastle Jets this week in another crucial match at Hunter Stadium.
They have just four games left to break into the top six, but Miller said the squad was up for the fight.
“It’s just a massive game again. For us it’s probably four cup finals,” Miller said.
“We’ve got to win and take one game at a time now. Newcastle will be a very tough game and we know we need to perform.“We’ll do our homework on them during the week and we need to win that game too.”
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