Some substitutions make you question your purpose in life. Like when Matt Simon comes on for Sydney FC and does nothing but make a nuisance of himself. Other substitutions make you love football. Like when Warren Joyce brought on 19-year-old Daniel Arzani when Melbourne City were 1-0 down against Wellington Phoenix. The dude who just celebrated his birthday made an instant impact and assisted two Ross McCormack goals to earn City the win. Let’s take a look at his performance.
- 37 minutes played
- 37 touches made
- 18 passes attempted (77.8 per cent accuracy)
- Eight duels won (16 attempted)
- Three crosses delivered
- Three chances created
- Two assists
- Two fouls won
- Two tackles
- One shot at goal
Only Luke Brattan created more chances than the young, roaming winger. Only Tom Doyle won more duels.
Arzani’s substitution was a Warren Joyce mastermind. City were facing four consecutive losses for the first time November 2013, but the victory led to City leapfrogging rivals Melbourne Victory, and Adelaide United into third place.
Not a bad sub.
I’m a big fan of this kid and seeing his development has been great. In training he’s a player that always stands out and great to finally see him play. https://t.co/tirrHbkEVU
— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) 6 January 2018
— Brenton Speed (@BrentonSpeed) 6 January 2018
Arzani has been superb. Imagine keeping kids like these on the bench…
— David Manuca (@davidmanuca) 6 January 2018