Is De Silva a World Cup bolter

Nov 17, 2017 - 4:13 AM Central Coast coach Paul Okon says gifted young playmaker Daniel De Silva needs to be consistent if he is to become the next Mariners player to graduate to the Socceroos and become a World Cup bolter.

The Mariners No.10 has been earmarked for stardom since he played his first A-League game for Perth at just 15 years old in 2013.

De Silva, 20, returned to Australia mid-year following a stint at Dutch club Roda JC.

His impressive early-season form has prompted some pundits to nominate him as a potential World Cup selection surprise.

Okon has frequently sung De Silva's praises this season, but also urges caution given his youth.

"I've had a few chats with Daniel, and he knows that if he can be consistent and first and foremost, perform for the Mariners, I think he gives himself an opportunity," Okon said following the Mariners 2-1 home loss to Adelaide United on Thursday

"There's some good (Socceroo) players in Daniel's position, Tom Rogic, James Troisi.

"He's still only 20 and he's still improving.

"He's got to find that consistency and hopefully we can give him the game time to prove to, if it's (Socceroos coach) Ange (Postecoglou) or whoever else maybe, that he has the ability.

"We'd love to see get him there, but there's a lot of work to be done in the meantime."

Okon said everyone at the club was proud of the cluster of former Mariners who are already vital and established members of the Socceroos squad.

Captain and midfield dynamo Mile Jedinak, playmaker Rogic, goalkeeper Mat Ryan and central defender Trent Sainsbury, all got their A-League break at the Gosford club.

"It's something that the club wants to continue," Okon said.

"They've been blessed to have some really good players come through here and move on to bigger and better things."

Thursday's night's loss, brought about by a 93rd-minute goal to Adelaide's Ryan Kitto, ended the Mariners' three-match unbeaten run.

"We've been doing some good things of late, so we'll take it on the chin and move forward," Okon said.

Captain Alan Baro will be back from suspension for their next game away to Wellington on November 25 but Okon isn't sure whether striker Asdrubal and fullbacks Storm Roux and Josh Rose will join him.

Source: AAP

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