A Cahill-less Australia is a lacking Australia. An Australia that lacks leadership. An Australia that lacks attack. An Australia that lacks drive. An Australia that lacks creativity, and ultimately, an Australia that lacks goals. Unfortunately for Australian fans, that is the Australia that will line up against South Korea on Saturday night. And if that’s not enough, you can throw in Kewell, Carney, Wilkshire and Invincible in the list of players which will not take part in the friendly match.
Harry Kewell has an ankle problem, Invincible a back problem, Carney is settling into his new club and Wilkshire, in the words of Veerbeek, “has played plenty of football in the previous two months”.
Josh Kennedy will take part in this fixture after being given the opportunity to settle into club life in Japan. His huge presence up front will be a great asset to the squad and could make up for the loss of Cahill.
South Korea are unable to select any domestic players in their squad as a full program of fixtures will take place the day after the match. As a result, memories will be jogged when players such as Ahn Jung-hwan, Kim Nam-il and Cha Du-ri will take there place on the pitch. Although, the squad is still a strong one with 4 EPL players in the line-up including Park Ji-Sung.
The Australians are going to have a tough game – I can see us losing 2-1 – and if there is one man we need to stand up in order to beat South Korea, it is Celtic striker Scott McDonald. The man we are all waiting on to score, eagerly sitting on the edge of our seats when an opportunity arises for him, will need to take responsibility in this fixture and combine with Kennedy to lead Australia to victory.
McDonald has been speculated to a move to the EPL to join Wigan. His Celtic manager has taken it into his own hands to fiercely shoot down and kill the rumours, stating that the Australian was not leaving. Mowbrays desire to keep the forward in the green and white stripes must say something about his quality, and it’s only a matter of time before he lands his first in the green and gold.
1 quality ball.
1 quality first touch.
1 quality strike.
That’s all he needs.
In McDonald we trust.