This past weekend, Ange Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory hit the road for an important contest with the new club, Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers.
One player that has been progressing in his play is Ivorian defender Adema Traore. At the age of 22, there is room yet for him to grow as a complete player for his team. In addition, Traore is eligible for Australian citizenship nesxt year and may be under consideration for Holger Osieck’s Socceroos. However, he has plans to play for his homeland. In any case, one can argue that the sky is the limit for the young Traore.
“I think it’s okay (my season so far) but there’s no limit for anyone, you can always improve,” Traore said at last Tuesday’s training session to Michael Huguenin for melbournevictory.com.au. “At training and in the games, you can always improve, it doesn’t matter how well you played last week, you have to improve.
“Melbourne is a big club, you know, you always want to make the next step. I think with Melbourne, if I always work hard at training, I think, hopefully I can make the next step.”
The priority for Postecoglou was to reduce the goals conceded and emphasize improvement by his young side. “I don’t think we’re settled yet, I think we’re sort of still tinkering around with things,” Postecoglou told Greig Johnston of Omnisport. “I still think we can better in those areas, not just the back four but beyond that in terms of our defensive duties.
“We need to stop conceding goals and the goals we’re conceding aren’t the greatest from our point of view, so we need to keep improving in that area, no doubt.”
Traore was key in the Victory’s 2-0 shutout win over the Wanderers, but they had to play down to 10 men after rookie defender Sam Gallagher violated the DOGSO rule.
Despite the Wanderers’ attempts to take advantage of the man advantage, the hosts were their own worst enemy when Michael Beauchamp scored an own goal in the 44th minute of play. In the second half, Archie Thompson iced the game at the hour mark.
Melbourne Victory improve to 4-1-3 (13 points) and continue their season on Nov. 30 against Perth Glory at AAMI Park in Melbourne.