Recruitment Paradise or Chief Scouts Nightmare? REPORT NUMBER 16 - Matthew Leckie

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Recruitment Paradise or Chief Scouts Nightmare?


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.

Report Number 16 - Matthew Leckie


Leckie has been in the German game since joining Borussia Monchengladbach from Adelaide United back in 2011. Whilst he has proved to be effective in the 2. Bundesliga for both FSV Frankfurt and Inglostadt, scoring 21 goals and assisting 22 in 91 appearances in the German second tier, he has struggled to replicate this form in the top division. Whilst he has made more appearances in the Bundesliga with 97, he has only scored 8 goals and assisted 4
 

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In the Bundesliga this season he averaged just 0.9 shots, 0.7 key passes and 1 dribble per game. Whilst these stats don't appear to be too impressive, this ranks him 3rd for dribbles, 6th for shots and 6th for key passes in the Hertha team. Therefore, this season he has been one of Hertha's more dangerous players in a relatively disappointing season overall for the club. At 27 years old, he is unlikely to improve any further but has proven to be a decent squad player in the Bundesliga. The World Cup may provide Leckie with his final opportunity to earn a big move in his career. With two more games to come against Peru and Denmark, his ability to provide an end-product will be required. Likely to start in both games, Leckie remains as one of Australia's most talented players and would be expected to be one of the main catalysts in the side should the Socceroos manage to escape from the group. A miraculous escape for Australia, led by Leckie, may grab the attention of Premier League sides such as Burnley or Bournemouth.

Article By: James Radcliffe

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