“I feel he will probably be higher each recreation, as a result of he’ll get extra confidence,” Ninkovic mentioned.
“I’ve spoken to him a few occasions … I simply mentioned to him to play each recreation like he is at coaching. If he is relaxed he can play properly. If he isn’t relaxed he cannot present the potential he has. He is relaxed anyway, on and off the sphere.
“I mentioned earlier than the season that he might be one of many guys who can most shock everybody. Clearly he is very proficient – if you happen to watched the Champions League video games he was superb.
“I am so pleased for him, he is a very nice man and really proficient, and if he retains taking part in and dealing this manner he may have a really massive profession.”
Brattan, who performed alongside Nieuwenhof in Sydney’s 2-1 win over Wellington Phoenix virtually a fortnight in the past, additionally believes he has all the best attributes to succeed as a footballer.
“He is executed properly,” Brattan mentioned. “He is good to play with. He is nonetheless acquired so much to be taught, however that can include recreation time and expertise, and absorbing the information with the boys round him.
“He’s very chilled and since he is good on the ball, he possibly slows issues down somewhat bit typically. There’s not only one factor, there’s a number of issues it’s worthwhile to work on as a child. Communication’s a giant one – the extra you speak the better the sport is.
“He is acquired the best individuals round him to assist him out. He deserves the thrill that he is getting, however on the similar time, we won’t get too carried away. The derby will probably be a great take a look at for him, if he performs, and hopefully he does properly once more and retains his spot as a result of he is an incredible expertise.”
In a broader context, this can be a pivotal recreation for Sydney FC. Final season, they didn’t beat the Wanderers in three makes an attempt, regardless of clearly being the perfect workforce on the park for 2 of them – and Ninkovic insists they’ve a rating to settle.
“Particularly the primary one, once they beat us 1-Zero, we performed in all probability the most effective video games final season, and we misplaced,” he mentioned.
“If you lose derbies, it is all the time exhausting. If you win derbies, it is the perfect feeling ever as a result of the following day, everyone seems to be pleased, the environment is superb within the workforce.
“If you happen to play properly and do not win, nobody cares. Three factors is an important factor for us.”
Vince is a sports activities reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.