With Adrian Leijer’s move to Fulham and Ljubo Milicevic’ injury, picked up in the first half hour against Wellington, the need has become clear for another defender in the Melbourne Victory squad.
And what do you know, along comes Sebastian Ryall.
Ryall has been touted as the replacement of Leijer. He’s a tough, hardy central defender with some impressive caps under his belt. He captained the Australian Under 20s during the Weifang Cup, helping lead the Australians to 4 wins. Earlier this year, he also played his first game for the Under 23s, in a match against China. This is an 18 year old with an impressive CV.
Will we see Ryall on the pitch any time soon? Milicevic’ injury, which is expected to put him out or 4-6 weeks, may just open a door for young Ryall to get at least a little game time. But even with Milicevic out of the picture for a little while, there is depth in the Melbourne squad. For one, Ryall will be competing with Steve Pantelidis, who was also left in Melbourne for the season opener last Sunday.
I don’t expect Ryall to be up for immediate inclusion in the squad. Like Evan Berger, he seems to more of a long-term prospect. He has a 2 year contract with the Victory, so I think we can expect him to appear sooner or later. But for now, Ryall’s main business will be on the training ground, gaining valuable experience from his team mates and coach.
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