Mariners still trialling Argentine forward
An import spot could open up next week at Central Coast, while coach Paul Okon is targeting a rare win versus Melbourne City
Argentine youngster Facundo Alcacer continues to trial with Central Coast Mariners, who could open up an import spot next week.
Alcacer, 21, has been trialling in Gosford since January 9 in the hope of securing a contract with the Mariners for the rest of the A-League season as captain Nick Montgomery waits on his Australian citizenship.
When Montgomery becomes a citizen, Central Coast would be allowed to bring in another foreign player alongside Fabio Ferreira, Mickael Tavares, Jacques Faty and Roy O’Donovan.
Alcacer is a product of Newell’s Old Boys’ junior setup and the Argentine forward most recently played for Esporte Clube Juventude’s youth team in Brazil’s third division.
Meanwhile, the Mariners will look to end their seven-game winless run in the A-League when they visit Melbourne City on Thursday.
Central Coast coach Paul Okon hopes his side can replicate their performance from the final day of last year where they went within minutes of defeating City before having to settle for a 2-2 draw in Gosford.
“We played them once this season on New Year’s [Eve] and it was probably one of our best performances of the season and we were unlucky not to have won the game,” Okon said on Wednesday.
“So irrespective of the loss last weekend, we’ll go down to Melbourne with that performance in mind against Melbourne City full of confidence that if we can perform anywhere near that level then we have a chance of winning.”
Coming off a 1-0 loss away to Wellington Phoenix on Saturday, Okon plans to make changes to the Mariners’ starting XI and claims in the past that has led to “good performances and good results”.
But the 44-year-old coach isn’t convinced City are vulnerable despite the 2016 FFA Cup winners having notched just one victory in seven matches.
City lost 2-1 away to Adelaide United last week.
“It’s foolish to look at their [City’s] game last week against Adelaide and make too much of it just because they lost,” Okon said.
“They’re a quality side. They won the FFA Cup. They’re the club with the most resources… so form is going to come into play here in our thoughts.
“We’re up against a team that can still win the A-League.”