Robinson said he would be “silly” if he wasn’t searching for another custodian, especially with back-up Vedran Janjetovic still struggling with a long-term shoulder injury and unlikely to resume training anytime soon.
But whether he signs a number one or number two will probably hinge on how well Margush, 23, handles the opening rounds of the new season, which will be officially launched on Monday with a Fox Sports-controlled event at Darling Harbour.
Margush has featured only seven times at A-League level in previous stints at Adelaide United and Perth Glory, but Robinson believes he has serious potential.
“I’m very, very confident in Daniel Margush. I liked him when I first came over, his name got mentioned to me when I was at my previous club Newcastle but I wasn’t looking for a young goalkeeper,” Robinson said.
“I think he’s got all the attributes to be a number one. What he hasn’t been so far is a regular number one. I think if you look at the background of all of the talented goalkeepers in the league now … they’ve had to move to become a No.1. That’s why I’m keeping an open mind. I won’t rush into anything.”
Lopar’s departure means the Wanderers have two vacant visa spots to fill, and Robinson is likely to use them to strengthen other parts of what looks on paper to be a rather threadbare squad at the moment – acknowledging that replacements for ex-skipper Mitch Duke, Pirmin Schwegler or Matthew Jurman haven’t been signed either, while Scottish import Graham Dorrans is still in hotel quarantine.
Reinforcements are unlikely to arrive until well into the new season, which the Wanderers will kick off on December 27 at home to new crosstown rivals Macarthur FC.
“The squad is not where I want it to be. I’m not naive enough to think that we’re ready yet. We probably won’t be ready by the first month of the season,” Robinson said.
“The simple thing for me to do would be to sign two foreigners and make knee-jerk reactions and decisions based on players that are available now.
“There will be a bigger market of players available in January, because the European transfer window opens. We’ve got a wonderful academy … if these players don’t get given a chance in the current COVID climate, they’re probably likely not to ever be given a chance.”
Robinson was non-committal when asked about Western Sydney’s rumoured interest in Adelaide United star James Troisi, saying the ex-Socceroo had only been linked to the Wanderers because he’d previously attempted to sign him while at Vancouver Whitecaps five years ago.
“Every time James is linked to a move he’s linked to me based upon me trying to sign him in 2015. I just take it with a smile at the moment,” he said.
Vince is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.