Oueensland Roar coach Miron Bleiberg has backed Chinese recruit
Zhang Yuning to shine for the A-League club despite his slow
adjustment to the competition.
Bleiberg said he had faith in the 29-year-old Chinese
international's ability to bring an added dimension to Queensland's
attack despite the doubts of Zhang's detractors.
The Roar boss said Zhang would take time to adjust to the
rigours of Australian football but believed he would find peak
fitness at the right time in the championship race.
"Give Zhang a few more games and he will be a hit," Bleiberg
said after Queensland's 1-1 with the Central Coast Mariners at
Brisbane's Lang Park on Saturday.
"The quality was there to be seen, but the lack of fitness was
(also) there to be seen.
"It will take some time to build an understanding with his
team-mates, but he's good, he's quality."
Zhang faded in and out of Saturday's game but showed some neat
touches and a sense of positioning.
Zhang's cause will be helped by the continued absence of
teenager Dario Vidosic, who will be away for two more weeks
contesting the Asian Youth Championships with Australia in
(AFP October 30, 2006)