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Each time the world cup comes around, new stars are born, the transfer market goes crazy and the world is an open mic stage to stardom for every footballer involved. Who will be this year’s previously unidentified flying object and earn a big money transfer to one of Europe’s football powerhouses just like Colombia James Rodriguez did in Brazil 2012.
The Sensible Soccer World Cup blog will bring scouting know how direct from the battlefield of English Premier League recruitment directors and chief scouts. Our blog will be opening the lid on just who is being watched ahead of Russia’s six-week footballing bonanza.
Only broke into Melbourne's first-team this season, accumulating 18 appearances in total where he provided 2 goals and 3 assists. He had never featured for any of Australia's youth teams before being called up to the senior squad in June. Likely to be limited to a role coming off the bench in Russia although he can have a late impact in games as he showed be scoring Australia's game winner against Hungary in their most recent friendly.
A diminutive and tricky winger, Arzani was recently named as the Hyundai A-League's NAB Young Footballer of the Year after completing 89 dribbles over the regular season, 22 more than any other A-League player in just 18 appearances. Arzani also created 23 chances for Melbourne City this season. Only Luke Brattan created more for City.
After Australia's opening game defeat to France, the Socceroos are likely to need wins against both Peru and Denmark in order to reach the last 16 and match their best ever World Cup campaign. Arzani was only given 6 minutes against France however he may be given more of an opportunity in the next two games as Australia are likely to adopt a more offensive approach. With his ability to easily beat his man and then play his teammates into dangerous areas, these attributes will be key in order to create goal-scoring opportunities for the Socceroos which they struggled to do in the opening game, managing just one shot on target.
Whilst he only has limited experience in senior football, if Arzani showcases his ability against Peru and Denmark then we may see him follow a similar path to Aaron Mooy (who moved from Melbourne City to Manchester City before being loaned to Huddersfield and eventually joined permanently). Unfortunately, this World Cup may have come slightly too soon for Arzani to make a significant impact, however, it could be the catalyst for European clubs to take notice. If his scintillating form continues for another year or two, he may then be ready for a big move.
Article By: James Radcliffe