Who will lead the line for the Socceroos in Russia?

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With the Socceroos’ spot at Russia 2018 secured speculation not only turnss to who will coach the side but what players he will take with him.

The Football Sack casts an eye over potential striking options at club level ahead of the Socceroos’ fourth consecutive World Cup appearance.

Australia scored 51 goals in 22 matches on the road to Russia but were often criticized for their lack of prowess in front of goal.

Australia’s 2-1 win over Thailand in September in which the Socceroos amassed a total of 45 shots at goal is one of the most notable examples of this.

The probables

Tomi Juric scored four times for the Socceroos during the qualification campaign and has bagged seven goals in 17 appearances so far this season for Swiss side FC Luzern who currently sit bottom of the Swiss top flight.

Despite doing it time and time again at international level, things haven’t been so rosy for Tim Cahill with his club side Melbourne City.

Cahill has managed a total of just 81 minutes of club football with no goals this season and with his future at City in doubt the attacker will no doubt need to find first team football soon in order to have some impact in Russia.

The situation isn’t a lot better for Jamie Maclaren who’s played 147 minutes across seven matches with a return of no goals at SV Darmstadt since his move from Brisbane Roar.

Outsiders

Perth Glory’s Adam Taggart is the only A-League striker to really put his hand up for World Cup selection with his goals in the Australian domestic competition this season.

The striker has scored three goals in five appearances so far for the Western Australian outfit but has been out of action since the start of the month with a hamstring injury.

Apostolos Giannou is yet to break his duck for Australia having featured in seven matches and has scored just twice this season for Chinese Super League outfit Guangzhou R&F. A move away from the Blue Lions looks necessary if Giannou is to have any chance of going to the World Cup.

Bolters

It may come as a surprise to some that former Western Sydney, Melbourne City and Gold Coast United front man Gol-Gol Mebrahtu is Australia’s highest scoring player in a European league this season.

The Sudanese-born striker has scored nine goals in 16 appearances for Czech club Mlada Boleslav and sits equal third in the league’s goal scoring charts.

Another former A-League journeyman enjoying a fruitful spell in front of goal is David Williams who has an average of a goal every three games at Hungarian club Haladas where he has scored five goals in 15 matches this season.

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Thibault Berthier
Thibault Berthier
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.

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