Some of the attention may be pointed in other directions, but Socceroos forward Mathew Leckie continues to show promise that bodes well for the Aussie footballers.
He scored on either side of halftime in a friendly with Czech Republic. It was the first international brace for the 27-year-old Melbourner who has played all over the place.
He played for the Aussie U20s back in 2009 – 2011 and has 52 caps and 8 goals for the national team. His current job is Hertha BSC, an old-line founding member of the German Football Association.
It could be surmised that if he can get work in Germany, he is definitely the sort the Socceroos can lean on when FIFA 2018 World Cup tournament play begins later this month.
Leckie should see some playing time, as he was complimentary of the structure Ange Postecoglou replacement Bert van Marwijk is debuting for the tournament.
“It’s nice when you train hard on a new structure and it works, then you really believe that it can work,” Leckie said.
Of the 4 – 0 defeat of the Czech’s, Leckie said, “If we came today and lost four-nil, there’s doubts there and confidence is down. Before the game started I was really looking forward to winning but I didn’t expect to win by such a margin. It’s very positive and we’ve been training (this way) but on the pitch today we’ve done it even better than what we’ve been training it. What we’re most excited about is how we’ve been training and working on things, it’s worked. The confidence builds.”
Aussie fans can only hope that Leckie is capable of equal redundancy when it comes to scoring goals.
The win in the friendly was a turning point compared to the result of the first two games under van Marwijk’s tenure, a defeat to Norway and a draw with Columbia.