Amor hoping to sign players
The Spanish coach hasn’t given up on bringing in a couple of players in the final days of the A-League’s midseason transfer window
Adelaide United coach Guillermo Amor insists the struggling A-League champions may still sign some players before the transfer window closes on Thursday.
Rumours were at Coopers Stadium on Sunday during the Reds’ 2-2 with Wellington Phoenix that Adelaide are close to signing a new Spanish player after striker Sergi Guardiola was released last week.
Former Reds striker Eli Babalj – currently a free agent – is also currently trialling with the club and Amor remains confident Adelaide will sign players before the midseason transfer window ends at 11.59pm on February 2.
“The club is working on this,” Amor said on Sunday.
“Until this moment players have been going and don’t arrive but I think the club is moving and it’s possible in the next few days until the close of the market some players will arrive.”
Guardiola was released by mutual consent after just three goals in 16 A-League matches, while Adelaide have also seen midfielder James Holland depart for Liaoning Whowin this month.
With Guardiola gone and defender Iacopo La Rocca having gained Australian citizenship, Amor could potentially sign two imports as the Reds look to keep their slim A-League finals hopes alive and prepare for the AFC Champions League.
Adelaide ended the weekend back at the foot of the A-League table after being held at home by Wellington.
In scorching conditions, Adelaide took an early lead through youngster Riley McGree only to surrender the advantage before the break as they conceded twice on the counterattack.
“When you are winning you want more [goals], you have confidence,” Amor said.
“It’s possible the players in the game see the opportunity to get the second goal. I like it when you’re winning to go for the second, go for the third, go for the fourth. This is football.
“But it’s also important to be intelligent, to have control in every moment. We knew that Wellington in transition is fast, is dangerous with players like [Roy] Krishna, with [Roly] Bonevacia.”
It took a Nikola Mileusnic’s goal 10 minutes from time to salvage a point for Adelaide and despite some intense late pressure they were unable to find a winner.