Sydney FC coach Ian Crook is set to give superstar Italian signing Alessandro Del Piero a licence to attack without restriction, as the club insists it won't lose on the huge financial investment in him.
Del Piero is expected to arrive in Sydney in little more than a week after committing to a two-year deal on Wednesday.
"We need to give him some licence," Crook said.
"We have got a couple in there with him and (Croatian import) (Krunoslav) Lovrek.
"They are what I call points of difference so, for me, you don't want to restrict those people."
Crook said he didn't expect the language barrier to be an issue and would talk to Del Piero about the shape and structure of the side and the role he would play.
"We're not going to reinvent the wheel here, at the end of it, he's played 19 years for one of the biggest four or five clubs in the world, as a No 10 or a No 9. We're not going to change that," he said.
"You have to keep him central in the game, try and get him in positions where he can affect the game.
"If you are stuck in wide areas you are then reliant a lot on others."
Sydney chairman Scott Barlow said the Del Piero deal represented the largest professional sporting contract in Australian history and the $2 million a season figure bandied around was "not too far off the mark".
"It's a big investment for us as a club and we think it's the right one," Barlow told AAP.
"We think the benefits will be worth the investment and we thought through all of that before we made him the offer that we did, so were confident it's the right move."
Barlow was coy about the spikes in membership, crowd attendance and corporate support the club would need to cover the cost of the contract.
"We've given all of that thought, I don't want to go into the numbers of where we think it will head, but certainly there will be a lot of interest in Sydney FC over the coming weeks, months and years," Barlow said.
"We'll make sure it's not just about the two years, it's about longer than that it's about building a foundation for Sydney FC longer term."
Barlow described the feedback to Del Piero's signing as incredible.
He was confident Del Piero's appeal would go beyond hardcore football fans.
Barlow said initially Sydney had considered signing Del Piero a long shot and wouldn't have been able to pursue him had visa player Hiro Moriyasu not returned to Japan and marquee player Nicky Carle not been loaned to UAE club Baniyas Sports Club
"In many ways the planets have aligned," Barlow said.
Del Piero is now set to take over the No 10 shirt formerly held by Carle.