Socceroos great Harry Kewell has praised midfielder Aaron Mooy as “exceptional” ahead of Australia’s vital World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and UAE.
Mooy has entrenched himself as a mainstay in loan side Huddersfield Town’s best XI, and as recently as Monday, was named in the Championship’s Team of the Season.
Kewell wants to see Mooy take that form onto the national stage.
“I’ve watched him a lot this year,” Kewell said.
“I was interested when (Manchester) City bought him.
“I was curious and then when they loaned him him out it was like, ‘okay, they’ve loaned him out. Huddersfield – tough. Could he handle it?’
“I think he’s done exceptionally well and he’s come up with some vital goals and he’s been an important player for Huddersfield.
“Hopefully that can continue and he takes that form into the national team as well.”
Meanwhile, Kewell offered advice to Socceroos bolter Riley McGree.
The Adelaide United teenager came as a surprise selection and was included in Australia’s final cut of 23.
“You’re only going to have one chance, the manager’s shown great faith in you,” Kewell continued.
“Ange (Postecoglou) is going to hopefully give him his opportunity to go and play.
“He’s going to walk him up to that line, he’s going to give him a few last-minute instructions, but once he crosses that line, it’s down to him.
“It’s up to him whether he takes that next step of cementing his place in that team or he’s going to let it go.”
Australia face Iraq in Tehran on 23 March before backing up against UAE in Sydney on 28 March.