A key feature of the Western Sydney Wanderers existence since their inception early in 2013 has been coach Tony Popovic's 'rotation policy'. To say it's grabbed media attention is a huge understatement, but in 2013 no-one could argue with the success he brought to the young club.
2014 has yielded quite a different story for the Wanderers. They still sit in 2nd on the A-League ladder, but performances have been less convincing and the form of late has left a lot to be desired.
Match Day 2 against Guizhou Renhe poised as a telling moment in the Wanderers 2014 campaign not just in the Asian Champions League, but also in the A-League where the team would feel the repercussions of the result. It should have come as no surprise that Popovic rang in the changes thick and fast, awarding club debuts to fresh faces Daniel Mullen and Antony Golec, both familiar faces in the A-League.
A scrappy 1-0 victory over the Chinese side ensued and once more the rotation policy that has become a part of who the Wanderers are seemed to pay off.
The Wanderers now look forward to a packed schedule including an A-League clash with Adelaide United FC before Match Day 3 of the Asian Champions League pits them against Japanese side Kawasaki Frontale, and it's likely we'll see the rotation policy come into full effect again for these matches. It remains to be seen if this can be effective.
Do you agree with the rotation policy Popovic has engaged throughout his tenure? Can it continue to positively influence results?