Arzani, Thomas, Henrique, Spanish passion, ACL and A-League prize money
Ray Gatt lauds Daniel Arzani's potential but cautions on handing him a Socceroos cap so soon08 February 2018 | FT Editor
Ray Gatt has seen it all before, and urges caution to those who want to rush Daniel Arzani into the Socceroos to earn a full international cap for Australia on the basis of preventing Iran from claiming him. Gatty says playing for the green-and-gold is the holy grail and, while praising Arzani's raw talent, says becoming a Socceroo is not earned on the back of less than seven hours of first team football over last and this season to date.
Gatt writes that he hopes Arzani is "prepared to bide his time, continue to learn his trade in the A-League for at least the rest of the season and then make his mark in time for the Asian Cup under an Australian coach who has his development at heart." Well said Gatty.
Melbourne Victory's Lawrence Thomas reveals a penchant for comedy at a media conference yesterday, making light of the clash with Andrew Nabbout from the weekend. He's not sure if he'll play this weekend v Brisbane Roar, but says he has passed all the medical tests thrown at him to rule out long-term damage from concussion.
Michael Lynch notes that it's the oldest axiom in football that goalkeepers are crazy, and Thomas has had injuries to feet, a hand, and now head in the past two seasons. Thomas also says for a club of Melbourne Victory's stature, they should be in a better position than they currently are.
Guess who wants to return to Brisbane Roar? Henrique (pictured). At 32 years of age, he wouldn't contribute to bringing down the average age of the 'dad's army' team, but he is a big fan favourite in Brisbane. He was a guest of the club at their match v Melbourne City last weekend.
LATER in the day, John Aloisi ruled out such a move.
With Spanish flair comes Spanish passion
As we suggested earlier in the week in relation to the Gombau/Riera stand-off, it's all about Spanish passion and a fierce desire to see Western Sydney Wanderers win. And if we're prepared to have a 'Spanish Round', surely we can put up with some Spanish passion.
Asian Champions League
Melbourne Victory's Kevin Muscat has selected three teenagers in his 23-man Asian Champions League squad: Nick Sette, Birkan Kirdar and Matt Sutton.
A-League prize money
Still no prize money in the A-League. While it is a "worthy aspiration", and clubs were promised "active consideration" of prize money out of the new broadcast deal, FFA says it's just not time to do so. There is a small prize packed for FFA Cup winners. The NSL used to have prize money for the winners of the grand final.
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