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Wanderers nine unbeaten with Jets win

  • Wanderers nine unbeaten with Jets win

Romeo Castelen is not one to blow his own trumpet.

It's hardly surprising then, that the Western Sydney winger laughs out loud at suggestions he is becoming something of a cult hero.

Lightning quick down the flanks, the 32-year-old former Dutch international has been eating A-League defenders for lunch.

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His spurts of fine form throughout this campaign and last have been hampered by injuries, but Castelen's superb recent displays indicate he's thriving in Tony Popovic's new possession-based set-up.

The Suriname-born forward scored his first goal of the season and provided an assist for Mark Bridge in the 2-0 defeat of Melbourne Victory two week's ago.

He followed it up last weekend with some lovely build-up play in the Wanderers' 2-2 away draw with Perth.

But Castelen is refreshingly low key when addressing his own skills.

And he was in no rush to read into any new status the club's impassioned fans may have bestowed upon him.

"It's nice when people say that, but I'm just one of the players in the squad," Castelen said.

"We get full support from the fans whether it's me or another player.

"But I don't feel like I'm a cult hero or something.

"The fans can decide that.

"But I enjoy playing well and performing well, and the team is doing well as well, so everything comes together and everybody plays hard."

Castelen will likely return to the starting line-up on Christmas Eve when Western Sydney host Newcastle at Pirtek Stadium.

His bench start against the Glory was nothing more than load management to ensure his body is in the best possible state heading into the second half of the season.

Win or lose, the Wanderers will remain top of the table over Christmas.

But Popovic's men will want all three points against the Jets to halt Brisbane's chance of overtaking them when the Roar play Melbourne City on Sunday.

Castelen said improvements were needed from the showing in Perth, where while they weren't defeated, their seven-match winning run was snapped.

"We have to start better," he said.

"That's the only thing I think.

"Perth was a game that we didn't start very well as a team, and we need to be watching that against Newcastle.

"That from minute one we are fully focused and we keep the concentration so that we don't have to chase the game again."

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