Departing to Europe from the A-League is a monumental step for any Australian footballer and yet many are quickly back on the domestic scene in the blink of an eye.

The recent return of prospective star Danny De Silva to the A-League has reinvigorated the hype around the diminutive attacking midfielder whilst also placing him in the shop window for Socceroo inclusion.

The case of De Silva puts forward the argument that a return to the A-League is currently a far more lucrative career move than scrapping week in week out for game time at a European club.

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De Silva is a supremely talented footballer that no doubt has a lofty career ahead of him, but are we placing too much acclaim on these young returning players just because they’re back in our backyard whilst a host of Australian footballers continue to tough it out abroad minus the same attention?

Archie Thompson certainly holds this opinion after speaking about De Silva during Fox Sports’ Just for Kicks program.

“Look, he’s obviously talented, he’s come back and he’s lit the league on fire but it’s just funny that we always put pressure on these kids because they have one or two good games and suddenly they’re a bolter for the World Cup team,” he said.

“But you’ve got to look at some of the players that we’ve got overseas that are doing well in Europe. I mean, we don’t speak about them.”

Mustafa Amini is one such player that emulates Thompson’s argument.

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“When you look at Amini, he’s been over there for six, seven years,” he said.

“One player has a great year and suddenly he’s a World Cup bolter but we forget about the guys that are overseas, Amini, Jimmy Jeggo.”

Amini has now been playing in Europe since his initial 2011 transfer agreement and then subsequent 2012 departure to Borussia Dortmund, but only this year has he finally broken into the national team fold.

Most of the A-League’s young prodigies are heading over to Europe before hitting 22 years of age, but roughly half (by the players above) have jetted back to Australia at some stage to rejoin the A-League for either loan stints or a permanent return.

“I just feel like now young players are going overseas and they don’t grind it out. Within two or three or four months because they’re not playing they come straight back and they’re in the A-League,” said Thompson.

“I’m a massive fan of De Silva, I think he’s an unbelievable talent but let’s not forget about the kids that are over in Europe.”

Just this week, 16-year-old Perth Glory sensation Jacob Italiano was at Borussia Monchengladbach to finalise a multi-year deal that will see him make the move to Germany upon turning 18.

Kwame Yeboah joined Monchengladbach in 2014 after dazzling the A-League for Brisbane Roar, but is yet to make an official appearance for the German club and now 23, has not played a single senior minute of football since 2014.

Note: Riley McGree has now returned to the A-League from January 2018 with Newcastle Jets on loan from Club Brugge after 6 months in Belgium.

Yeboah has not returned to the A-League since leaving Australian shores, but in this case a move back home might just be the change required to reignite his promising career.

With the national team devoid of legitimate talented striking options, minus Tomi Juric and a now club-less Tim Cahill, the beckoning for a live wire and confident Yeboah to stage a charge for the national team is well and truly a possibility should he find game time.

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Former Socceroo Robbie Slater views national team selections of A-League based players as essential for the global opinion of the A-League to continue on an upward trend.

“I think if our competition is going to get to a level of respect that we need it to if players are performing in our competition regularly and consistently, then, of course, they should be looked at for the national team,” he said.

“And players overseas who are doing the same, every Australian should be considered for the national team.”

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Josh is in the final stages of a journalism degree at The University of Queensland and is also firmly aboard the Arzani hype-train.