Western Sydney coach Josep Gombau has dismissed speculation of a mass Wanderers cleanout during January in light of the exits of Jacob Melling and Jumpei Kusukami.
Gombau took over as Wanderers coach in November inheriting a squad following Tony Popovic’s sudden exit.
Fox Sports commentator Mark Bosnich claimed this week he expected more Wanderers to leave, amid talk of disharmony among the squad, but the Spaniard denied that was the case.
“No, honestly no,” Gombau said
“We’re happy with the players that we have and I don’t expect any player to leave.”
Gombau also explained Melling and Kusukami’s exits occurred after they were offered opportunities elsewhere, with the former moving to Central Coast where he would get more game-time and the latter returning to his homeland.
Kusukami’s departure has opened up an overseas spot in the Wanderers squad, which Gombau was eager to utilise on a winger.
“We need to bring more wingers in,” Gombau said. “We are looking for this.
“But we need to find the right player. Not because now we have a spot that we’ll sign a player.
“We will find the right moment to bring a player we think can help us for now and for the future.”
He added: “We’re working as a club and the football department, it’s our job, we’re trying to find the right player.”
Gombau hinted any overseas player would need A-League experience, given the unique circumstances of joining an Australian club in January, particularly with Wanderers fighting to make the finals.
“It’s also important the player who comes here knows the A-League and the players are ready to play now,” he said.
“It’s important if you bring someone who’s not used to the A-League, they may need time to adapt to the league and then the season is gone.
“There’s a lot of things. We play in summer. It’s hot weather. The A-League is a physical league. The players who come in need to be fit.”