Brisbane Roar Manager Mike Mulvey says he is prepared to dip into the January transfer market after star striker Besart Berisha was ruled out for the next three weeks with a hip injury.
The injury sees Roar’s striking ranks stretched to their limit over the holiday period, with young strike prodigy Kwame Yeboah set to depart for Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach in the impending transfer window.
While Yeboah is available for the Boxing Day clash against Sydney FC on Thursday, Mulvey said he was reluctant to start the 19-year-old after he flew to Germany and back during the week to finalise his transfer.
“He’s available to us this week, but you got to remember the boy’s had his life turned upside down,” Mulvey said of Yeboah.
“Two weeks ago he was helping pick the gear out of the bus and bringing the boots in and all that and a week later he’s flying back business class having signed a multi-year contract with a club in the Bundesliga club.”
“He’s very sore from the travel,” Mulvey added before citing Henrique as a likely starter at the top of the Roar formation.
Other options remaining for the league leaders include youth team forward and Queensland Academy of Sport product Brandon Borello, who netted twice on Saturday against Newcastle Jets in the National Youth League.
When pressed, however, Mulvey admitted that he could be tempted to enter the market in January to strengthen his striking reserves.
“We’ll bring in a squad player to offset the situation with Kwame,” he explained.
“But Kwame was only on a youth contract, albeit a youth senior contract if you know what that is, and he’s not one that we officially need to go and bring somebody in but we will bring somebody in.”
When pressed, Mulvey admitted the club was keeping tabs on several possible recruits.
“My view is more long term rather than short term, so we’re trying to snare a young promising player for the future.”
Mulvey said his preference was for a local product but said he wouldn’t limit his options in recruiting the best talent on offer.
“We will never limit ourselves to one pool, but it’s like anything, if you’re able to get people who grow up in the area where the football team is they have a greater feel for the feeling and the meaning of that club.
“That’s something that you always look at and something that’s very, very important.
“Queenslanders are very parochial so we’re always looking at Queensland players but at the end of the day we want to be a big club and bring in the best players,” he concluded.
Roar will train Christmas Day and will then fly to Sydney later in the day in preparation for the Boxing Day showpiece against long-term rivals Sydney FC.