Socceroos most important player is Aaron Mooy

Melbourne City star Aaron Mooy has quickly become the Hyundai A-League’s best player.

With a string of fantastic performances over the past 12 months and an even better start to this season, he’s now also playing an integral role for the Socceroos.

The 25-year-old is the complete midfielder, scoring a club high seven goals and eight assists last term for City. He has the pace, vision, work ethic and goals in his locker and perhaps most importantly he possesses the the sort of brains that all midfielders long for.

Mooy’s thrilling performances have been setting the league alight and his potential has been well documented already. What hasn’t been paid due attention however is his importance to the national side now and into the future.

The City skipper was involved in all four goals against Bangladesh in the midweek FIFA World Cup Qualifier and to have a current A-League player as the focal point for the Socceroos is a very exciting development. With talisman Mile Jedinak having fallen down the pecking order at Crystal Palace under Alan Pardew, Mooy’s importance as the engine for Australia has become even more significant.

Mooy’s form is bittersweet from an A-League perspective. Whilst it has been brilliant to see such quality performances on the domestic scene from a home grown talent, the inevitable rumours of a move to greener pastures overseas are in full swing. It’s really only a matter of time.

It has recently been reported that a string of English Premier League clubs are circling the attacking midfielder with only a year left to run on his contract.

For Mooy the next 12 months are crucial. The path he chooses after his dominance of the A-League will be significant not only for himself, but also the national team.

The former Bolton and St. Mirren man is the player Ange Postecoglu needs to build his team around for the next chapter of the Socceroos and where Mooy ends up may just be the most important moment of his career.

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21-year-old Communications and Media Student at UWA, avid Liverpool and Seinfeld enthusiast following Perth Glory during the 2015/2016 A-League season.