There is not too much to dislike about Anthony Lesiotis.
The 19-year-old Bundoora boy who “doesn’t go out much” is slowly becoming a fan-favourite at boyhood club Melbourne Victory after being thrown into the deep end – slotting into the unfamiliar role of right-back.
Lesiotis’ impressive form was capped off with an assist at the weekend – after animated instructions from his assistant coaches to press up the pitch – with the billed midfielder going off fellow Victory fullback Storm Roux when learning how to play in the role.
“I wasn’t really keen on going forward much because I was a bit worried [about] how am I going to get forward and back, but in the most recent game our assistant was telling me to get forward and overlap,” he said.
“[Against] Perth Glory was the first ever time I played right-back just came out of nowhere, I just went off watching Storm [Roux] at training all the things I’ve learned off him.
“At the start I was bit shaky I wasn’t sure since obviously I haven’t ever played right back but things are turning out really well by the looks of it.
“We’re on a bit of a little run, I think I’m doing good at least so good to see the team doing well.”
Lesiotis created history in January 2019, when he became the first player to cross from Melbourne City to Victory.
Coming through City’s Under 20’s program – after stints at Northcote City, Skillaross and NTC program – Lesiotis recognises former Socceroo and City assistant boss Patrick Kisnorbo as one of his greatest mentors.
“I can say without him I probably wouldn’t maybe be the player I am,” he said.
“I’m always tough but he brought that side out of me which is good he always believed in me gave me lots of opportunities and helped me out definitely throughout the [under] 20’s and even in the first team, he was the assistant so he was always there looking after me helping me get better.”
Since joining Victory, Lesiotis has made 17 appearances in all competitions – including eight starts.
The 19-year-old is contracted until June this season at the club and says he is “not sure” what the future holds.
“I’m not sure what the plan is to be honest,” he said.
“I’d like to stay here but if something else comes up that’s better then yeah, but I’m at Melbourne Victory now.”
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