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Road to Qatar 2022/China 2023

onto it

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He might get some token minutes to cap him but I’d put money on him being bought in as a long term prospect like Genreau is. Look at the guys in front of Stens at DM / CM and most are 27+ while he’s only 22. Similar for defenders and he showed with NZ he can fill in there if needed.

He just needs to keep kicking on and bide his time and he’ll be next in line to replace Mooy, Irvine, Jeggo, etc..
I'll take that bet. Mine is that he will make an immediate impact - has no peers in his role.
He's turned around the fortunes of his Norway club and is improving rapidly so he'll fit in well.
 

turbo

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I'll take that bet. Mine is that he will make an immediate impact - has no peers in his role.
He's turned around the fortunes of his Norway club and is improving rapidly so he'll fit in well.
I just don’t see GA putting that kind of faith in him. Might get 15ish minutes to cap him but otherwise he will stick with the established players. I don’t disagree that he could do a job I just don’t think he will get the chance to stake his claim so soon.
 

pjennings

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I just don’t see GA putting that kind of faith in him. Might get 15ish minutes to cap him but otherwise he will stick with the established players. I don’t disagree that he could do a job I just don’t think he will get the chance to stake his claim so soon.
I agree with that - but our mids are all way too similar - there is no-one with grunt like Grella or Jedinak. I think he needs to be tried in the squad and given opportunities before the World Cup (assuming we make it) because there just isn't that sort of player in the squad at the moment. It is all very well having 'pretty' players in the midfield - but someone has to do the dirty work - especially against better teams.

Blood him at the end of the Saudi game and/or the China game. Then maybe start him at home against Vietnam in January.
 

sydmariner

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onto it

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I agree with that - but our mids are all way too similar - there is no-one with grunt like Grella or Jedinak. I think he needs to be tried in the squad and given opportunities before the World Cup (assuming we make it) because there just isn't that sort of player in the squad at the moment. It is all very well having 'pretty' players in the midfield - but someone has to do the dirty work - especially against better teams.

Blood him at the end of the Saudi game and/or the China game. Then maybe start him at home against Vietnam in January.
I agree. I've recently rewatched the Japan game and can't believe how pussy footed the team was.

Staj was one who could see the Jedi in Stenz. I think GA does too. They both know their footballers.
 

MrCelery

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I've watched all the Saudi games so far. We're going to be at the very top of our game to beat them. While their defence is nothing special, their top half is very 'Brazilian', sharp, tricky, and willing to shoot from any range with venom. If we play like we did against Japan, slow and cumbersome, we're in for a long night.
 

scottmac

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Have to say the interviewer who's name escapes me that does the pitch side interviews with coaches and team is spot on. Quite happy with the pre game coverage and with time I'm sure we'll see some more quality in the panel.
 

scottmac

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We're playing very very well. The team looks very balanced to me. We don't have a striker that could do a better job that leckie here. Subs will be interesting.
 

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