One thing we can say for sure about Ange Postecoglou’s time in charge of the Socceroos is that we’ll never be left wondering what if.

Postecoglou has never been afraid to use unheralded players in big games and Josh Risdon, Matt Jurman and Nikita Rukaystva playing against Syria are prime examples of this.

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With the A-League in full-swing The Football Sack looks at five potential domestically based bolters for Australia’s do-or-die World Cup playoff with Honduras.

Daniel De Silva

Reuniting with Paul Okon at Central Coast playmaker Daniel De Silva has captured the imagination in the opening weeks of the competition.

De Silva announced his return in a blistering performance capped with a dinked goal against Western Sydney Wanderers in Round 2.

His creativity combined with the likes of Tom Rogic and Aaron Mooy could be fruitful, especially if Postecoglou starts with three attacking midfielders again.

 

Dimitri Petratos

Dimitri Petratos has caught the eye as part of a Newcastle Jets attack who have bagged a league-high nine goals so far.

After a convoluted journey to Newcastle, via a tumultuous move to Korea, Petratos is hitting his stride scoring two wonder strikes for the Jets in the opening rounds.

The 24-year-old’s pace, trickery and eye for goal could make him a useful replacement for the suspended Matthew Leckie in Postecoglou’s squad.

 

Bruce Kamau

Another player who could benefit from Leckie’s suspension is Melbourne City winger Bruce Kamau.

Kenyan-born Kamau appears to be coming of age in this season’s competition scoring three in three for the league leaders, adding maturity and final product to his game.

Prior to the start of the season Kamau said he was aiming for World Cup selection and his early season form could see him tasked with ensuring the Socceroos get there.

 

Josh Brillante

With Mark Milligan suspended and Mile Jedinak still struggling with a groin-injury the Socceroos midfield depths look set to be tested.

One player doing his selection chances no harm is Josh Brillante as the 24-year old has enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season and grabbed a goal in the weekend’s Sydney derby.

Despite Brillante’s last cap being prior to the 2014 World Cup, Postecoglou could do a lot worse than recalling the man who Graham Arnold described as Sydney FC’s N’Golo Kante.

 

Rhys Williams

For Rhys Williams the question is not his quality but his physical state, a reinvigorated Williams lost five kilograms in pre-season, playing every match as well as all three of Victory’s A-league games to date.

A former Middlesbrough captain Williams adds leadership to a side likely to be without Mile Jedinak and Mark Milligan.

Composed, quick and capable of playing the killer pass the 29-year old appears ready to slot into Australia’s highly debated back three if called upon.

 

Ange Postecoglou will name a 30-man preliminary squad for the intercontinental play against Honduras later this week.

 

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Currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media and Communication at Southern Cross University, Thibault is a digital content editor at Gold Coast City and works as a football correspondent for APN Newspapers. Olympique Lyon and Socceroos fan, passionate about the growth of football in Australia.