Appiah hails Wanderers' depth ahead of ACL clash

Wanderers winger Kwabena Appiah is confident Western Sydney has the depth to cover the loss of several key players when the club takes on FC Seoul in the Asian Champions League tonight.

The Wanderers face the K-League side in Seoul for the first-leg of the semi-final without Socceroo defender Matt Spiranovic, strikers Tomi Juric and Brendon Santalab, as well as utility Shannon Cole.

Spiranovic is out injured while Juric, Santalab and Cole will be available for the second leg in Sydney after seeing out their suspensions.

But Appiah believes Western Sydney is strong enough as a team not to rely on individuals.

“Of course it’s a loss without three class players in Tomi, Shannon and Santa, but we have shown that we have the depth for any player to step in and still get the job done, so that’s not really a problem,” Appiah said.

The Wanderers have surprised many in their maiden assault on the Asian Champions League.

Appiah adding: “We’ve beaten the holding champions and Chinese champions, plus the Japanese champions, so of course we are confident.

“But it’ll be a difficult task. Seoul are a big team, finalists last year in the Asian Champions League only losing to Evergrande on aggregate so that speaks for itself.”

Appiah is pushing for a starting spot against the Koreans after featuring in nine of Western Sydney’s ACL games.

The 21-year old attacker came off the bench to replace Labinot Haliti in the second half of the 1-0 quarter-final win over Guangzhou Evergrande, then started on the right wing and played 69 minutes in the second-leg 2-1 loss.

The Wanderers recently spent 10 days training in Dubai, where they faced Al Jazira and East Riffa in the IPIC tournament.

Western Sydney beat Al Jazira 2-1, with Appiah scoring the winner, and went down to Bahrain club East Riffa 2-1.

“The preparations have been on point,” Appiah said.

“Dubai was an amazing experience. Training in that heat definitely made us work and I’m incredibly sure that it’s going to pay off.”