Adelaide United appears unlikely to be active during the January transfer window after coach Josep Gombau backed his current squad to lead them to Hyundai A-League glory.
The Reds have a spot open on their roster to add another player to their squad before next month’s deadline, but Gombau insisted he was unlikely to fill that position despite his team emerging as a serious contender for the A-League title.
Adelaide closed the gap on league leaders Perth to six points after a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Glory in searing heat at nib Stadium on Monday night.
It was only the club’s third win in seven games after an unbeaten start to the opening seven games of the season. The Westfield FFA Cup champions are also the only team to beat Perth this season, now on three occasions.
But Gombau is likely to resist the temptation to bolster his squad with a big-name signing over the next month despite the potential options available to the Adelaide club.
“We have a spot there if something we think is interesting then we will do, but at this moment we are so happy with the players we have,” Gombau said.
“We think we have a good squad and we don’t want to take this position and bring in other players (because) we want to try and develop the young players we have in the club.”
Reds winger Craig Goodwin pounced on an error from Glory’s Richard Garcia on the half-hour mark to cancel out Nebojsa Marinkovic’s opener on Monday night.
Goodwin was surprisingly subbed out at half-time, but it mattered little as the improving James Jeggo scored an impressive winner early in the second half.
“We are so happy because we know to win in this place is very difficult and to get these three points have a big value because if we lost this game it was 12 points difference and now we’re six (adrift of Perth),” Gombau said.
“The games are very equal and small details can decide the game. We had a little bit of an advantage today because they played three days ago and we have five. I feel they were a little bit tired in some actions like arriving one second late to the ball and this makes to us the job easy.”
Gombau was confident his side would suffer no long-term effects from playing in Perth’s 36C heat, but welcomed the break presented by the Asian Cup over the next three weeks.