Perth Glory sit on top of the A-League table after an Andy Keogh hat-trick gave them a 3-2 win over Brisbane Roar on Sunday.
Every hero needs a sturdy sidekick, and striker Jamie Maclaren shapes as the perfect foil for star Perth Glory recruit Andy Keogh this season.
Keogh is the toast of the A-League after netting a hat-trick in Sunday’s last-gasp 3-2 win over Brisbane Roar at nib Stadium.
The 28-year-old has now scored four goals in two A-League games, as well as three goals in two FFA Cup outings.
Glory coach Kenny Lowe knew he secured a gem when he signed Keogh to a two-year deal.
But to get the most out of the former Wolves, Leeds and Blackpool striker, Lowe knew he would need to pair the Irishman with a classy offsider.
Glory hoped Nikita Rukavytsya would fill that role, but those plans were scuppered when the former Socceroo signed for Western Sydney instead.
Maclaren scored just two goals from 18 underwhelming appearances last season, but the 21-year-old has been influential off the bench this campaign after getting into prime shape over the winter.
The former Blackburn Rovers striker scored the late winner in Perth’s 2-1 triumph over Wellington, and Maclaren helped turn the tide against Brisbane on Sunday after being introduced into the fray after half-time.
Ladder-leading Perth will be aiming to make it three wins on the trot when they take on Adelaide at Hindmarsh Stadium on Sunday, and Lowe hinted Maclaren was a strong chance to earn a call-up to the starting side.
“You’ve got to take your hat off to the boy,” Lowe said.
“He knew we were out to sign players. There’s been speculation all along that we’re looking for another forward.
“I think we might have found him, and he might have been with us for a while. The kid’s been super.
“He came back from pre-season six kilograms lighter and beat all his records with our testing.
“He can only keep doing that (scoring goals and setting others up) for so long on the bench, because the gaffer has got to get his finger out and maybe select him.”
Right-back Josh Risdon was another player to impress against the Roar, but the speedy defender is in doubt to take on Adelaide after rolling his ankle in the second half.