Wanderers give whiz kid start in Sydney success

TEENAGER Daniel Alessi will have plenty of stories to tell when he starts back at school after the summer holidays.

The 16-year-old became the third youngest player to make his A-League debut when he ran out for Western Sydney against Sydney FC in front of a full house at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday night.

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic (pictured) said he had plenty of confidence in the youngster who was a last-minute call-up after right-back Jerome Polenz strained a hamstring at training on Friday.

"The young boy's been doing well ... he's been training with us for a little while now, or at least since he's been on school holidays," Popovic said.

"He did great and we believe in the kid."

Popovic did not confirm whether Alessi would hold his place for tomorrow night's game against the Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.


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