Staying put: Yairo Yau is staying with Sydney FC for another season. Photo: Brendan EspositoSydney FC have secured Yairo Yau on loan for another season and coach Frank Farina believes he is ready to take the A-League by storm this season.
Yau, 23, enjoyed a solid first season in Australia after arriving from Panamanian club Sporting San Miguelito, scoring six goals in 18 appearances.
However, he found it difficult to establish a regular starting position, playing only 11 matches from the opening whistle and leaving his future under a cloud.
The Sky Blues are hopeful that a year of adjusting to life in Australia will hold Yau in good stead, leading the club to offer him another year at Allianz Stadium.
Farina said he wanted the Panama international to make the step up to being a regular member of the first team in 2013-14.
“I’m expecting more from him. I’m expecting him to be better because he won’t need to settle in, he knows the players, the club and the league now so hopefully that will be a benefit and he’ll do even better than he did last year,” Farina said. “Coming to a new country, a new football culture is always difficult and with the attributes he has – he’s very quick and can score goals – we thought he was well worth another look for another season where he won’t have any transitional period and hopefully he can improve on that goal tally.”
If Yau features more often, he could be Sydney’s solution to the left-sided attacking position, a role that hasn’t been adequately filled since Alex Brosque’s departure.
Noted for his pace and keenness to run at defenders, Farina said he felt Yau’s attributes would work well in Sydney’s new system.
“Yairo is young, he’s 23, he scored 6 goals in 10 appearances last year so that was the key [for the extension],” Farina said. “If you ask any football manager in the world what their priority is, it would be a striker who can score goals, has pace and is comfortable on the ball and he ticks all of those boxes.”
Yau only arrived back in Sydney on Tuesday and will report to training for the first time this week.
“I am happy to be continuing my career with Sydney FC,” he said. “I like Sydney, the fans and my team mates. I am excited to be back in the Sydney FC team.”
Meanwhile, Sydney FC will start their pre-season campaign on Wednesday night with a friendly against state league side Belmore United at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre. Kick-off is at 7pm.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.