Aust striker Bulut back on track: Lavicka
He's had to go back to his native Czech Republic to do it, but former Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka is seeing signs that once-troubled striker Kerem Bulut could yet emerge as a Socceroos star.Bulut, whose promising early career was blighted by off-field issues, has become a regular for Czech side Mlada Boleslav - who held Lavicka's Sparta Prague to a 1-1 draw at the weekend.The 20-year-old's career appeared in danger two years ago when he was charged by Sydney police over alleged gang criminal activity. However the charges were later dropped.The much-tattooed Bulut joined Mlada Boleslav in 2011 after being recommended by Lavicka, who saw Bulut's undeniable talents when he was part of the Sydney FC youth system and believed the move away would be good for him.Lavicka now sees indications that Bulut - a prolific goal scorer for Australia at under-17 and under-20 level - is more settled and can become a future option for the Socceroos."Definitely he has a chance (to play for the Socceroos) because he has potential," said Lavicka."He is quick, he is a very good finisher, so if he picks up more experience on the pitch and maybe settles down a little bit off the pitch, because sometimes he is unpredictable."But, when I met him here in Czech Republic, it was my feeling, I think he's now growing up as a person, not just as a football player only."Bulut's former agent James Hardy said the move overseas had allowed the young striker to mature."In Australia he fell in with the wrong crowd, and now that he is out of country and out of that environment he can concentrate on his football," Hardy said."The move has been good for him. At the end of the day he is a very good footballer and now without all those distractions he is being allowed to show that."