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Road to Qatar 2022/China 2023

JoyfulPenguin

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Are you tripping JP? Duke just got trusted with our most important game in 4 years and you are going to replace him with a flaky maverick like Yengi???
I take your point Wombat and he did perform decently for us against Peru.

But I think that it's important to reward players who push themselves outside their comfort zone.

I think if we reward players who go to an easier league for money or just to not push themselves then we will create a negative culture.

Any player playing in an Asian second division should not be in a Socceroos squad.

If we don't then I think we are hurting ourselves long term. We need a culture where players need to be playing regularly in good leagues to get a go representing us.

Basically every Australian player we have seen go to China or an oil league comes back a markedly worse footballer.

If we want to compete long term and foster a winning culture it should be non-negotiable that a player is playing in a quality league and not just chasing money.

If we continue to reward players who stifle their own playing futures for profit we will stifle the future of the Socceroos.
 

Wombat

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I take your point Wombat and he did perform decently for us against Peru.

But I think that it's important to reward players who push themselves outside their comfort zone.

I think if we reward players who go to an easier league for money or just to not push themselves then we will create a negative culture.

Any player playing in an Asian second division should not be in a Socceroos squad.

If we don't then I think we are hurting ourselves long term. We need a culture where players need to be playing regularly in good leagues to get a go representing us.

Basically every Australian player we have seen go to China or an oil league comes back a markedly worse footballer.

If we want to compete long term and foster a winning culture it should be non-negotiable that a player is playing in a quality league and not just chasing money.

If we continue to reward players who stifle their own playing futures for profit we will stifle the future of the Socceroos.
I hear you bruv and I have alot of love for you JP but who is Yengi playing for???......and how in the heck are they better than Duke's team? You cannot make a crazy claim that whatever league you are playing in defines the limits of that player.
 

Ben10

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Mooy is our best midfielder when he is playing in a decent league, China just seems to destroy players. Until he moves on from Shanghai I don't think he should be in the squad.
I agree with pretty much everything besides this comment regarding Mooy. He ran the game the other night against Peru and he's hardly fit or played a game in months. A fully fit Mooy will bring the class we need. The Chinese League isn't that great, fair enough, but it shouldn't limit him being in the squad.
 

onto it

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Stens will be at the World Cup for sure. He's too versatile and too good to be left out - seems to have taken up the hammer with the CB role at Viking very well.
I've heard he was a little injured in the final qualifiers, and I'd guess Arnie also wanted the experience of Wright alongside Kye.
I'll take a punt and say the future of National CBs is Stens and Kye. If so, wouldn't that be a feather in the Mariners cap?
 

Allreet?

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I don't think Duke should be anywhere near a Socceroos squad. He is playing for a middle table second division Japanese side. If you need a player in his mould take Yengi.
Duke had an excellent game against Peru. A very Matt Simon type game - hassling the defenders and preventing them playing easy balls into midfield which helped us win possession back numerous times.

Was also a threat with his barging and shooting. Much more effective than MacLaren when he gets no service.

Doesn't matter where you're playing if you're good enough.
 

sydmariner

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