The Socceroos squad chosen to play South Korea was completely common. Graham Arnold must do higher than that for 2022.
Whereas they held their very own towards one of many prime groups in Asia, they by no means actually managed to be a critical menace. Australia had solely six photographs on aim with only one on track whereas South Korea managed simply 4 photographs on aim with two on track.
This outcome matches into the sample already seen in each the Russian World Cup and the Asian Cup within the UAE.
In Russia the Socceroos failed to attain a single aim in open play from their three group-stage matches, whereas within the UAE they failed to attain in three of their 5 video games. That’s merely not ok, neither is the outcome towards South Korea.
Along with the poor goalscoring document there may be additionally the identical subject of recycling the identical outdated gamers who’ve already been tried and who’ve repeatedly failed. Most of them are over 25 and a few of have beforehand performed beneath Graham Arnold, but he nonetheless went again to them anyway.
If he desires to maintain his job, Arnold might want to choose a a lot stronger crew. It’s exhausting to say from this far out who ought to make the squad for Qatar, however I’ll have a go based mostly upon the very best out there data I can discover.
Beginning on the pointy finish with the strikers, there are a number of gamers to select from.
Martin Boyle has already confirmed himself with the Socceroos and could be most individuals’s favorite for the function, whereas Mathew Leckie can be within the combine and is commonly introduced up in these discussions. In case you’re trying to the long run, you may have John Iredale, Moudi Najjar and Nikodah Smith, all of whom are robust contenders.
Within the attacking three there are a swathe of gamers from whom to decide on.
These choices embrace Daniel Arzani, Reno Piscopo, Tyrese Francois, Alexander Robertson, Awer Mabil, Chris Ikonomidis, Ramy Najjarine, Denis Genreau, Ben Folami and Tom Rogic. One of the best dribblers from this group are most likely Arzani, Piscopo, Francois and Najjarine.
Behind them within the double pivot there are a number of choices in rivalry.
Amongst these are Aaron Mooy, Mustafa Amini, Sebastian Pasquali, Masimo Luongo and Riley McGree, and Cian Cuba may pop up as an entire outsider. Cuba appears to have loads of expertise and must be among the many prime ten dribblers in Australia going by his highlights video, however he hasn’t but made it into an A-League aspect for no matter purpose. If he does safe a contract earlier than the World Cup, he may simply make the prolonged squad.
In relation to the line of defense, they’re going to leak objectives irrespective of who you select, so I’ll attempt one thing totally different and say Aziz Behich, Mile Jedinak, Mustafa Amini and Josh Risdon. However I nonetheless should slender down the opposite traces first to get to a beginning line-up.
On the tip of the spear it’s a toss-up between Boyle and Leckie. Of the 2, Leckie is the higher dribbler however Boyle is healthier at cleansing up the scraps and ending, which is the place the Socceroos typically fall down. Iredale, Najjar and Smith are all effectively in rivalry however are largely unknown portions and aren’t as inventive. Out of all of them I’d go along with Boyle as striker.
Within the attacking three there are extra choices to select from. One of the best 4 dribblers amongst them are Arzani, Piscopo, Francois and Najjarine. The 2 I’d positively choose are Arzani and Francois, who’re the 2 greatest dribblers in Australia, which leaves a alternative between Piscopo and Najjarine. I don’t know sufficient about Najjarine as a newcomer, so I’ll choose Piscopo, who performed for Inter Milan’s youth aspect and who Graham Arnold praised as being “Arzani-like”.
Transferring on to the double pivot and there’s a bit extra to consider. The three identified portions are Mooy, Luongo and Amini, whereas Pasquali and McGree are newbies and Cuba may very well be a darkish horse. Any of those gamers would make a superb mixture, however your best option could be Mooy for his expertise within the EPL and Pasquali for his imaginative and prescient, passing and technical abilities.
Placing all of it collectively the very best line-up could be as follows:
Reno Piscopo, Tyrese Francois, Daniel Arzani
Aaron Mooy, Sebastian Pasquali
Aziz Behich, Mile Jedinak, Mustafa Amini, Josh Risdon
The weakest a part of the chain is in defence, however within the entrance six issues are a lot stronger, significantly within the attacking three, the place we now have some world-class dribblers.
This might make a really robust line-up for Qatar and I’d give them a superb likelihood of creating it out of the group stage – as long as Graham Arnold chooses them or gamers fairly comparable, that’s.