Brosque worthy of Socceroos recall
FORMER Central Coast Mariners coach Phil Moss is banging the drum for Alex Brosque to get a recall to the Socceroos squad, and after taking a look at his record, I reckon the 33-year-old could be in line to play for his country for the first time since 2013.
Before getting sent off in the 2-0 win over the Brisbane Roar, the Sydney FC skipper had been in sparkling form, scoring the opening goal in that clash to take his Sky Blues 10 points clear at the top of the A-League.
It was Brosque's 24th goal in 52 games for Sydney FC in his second spell at the club, after scoring 28 times in 104 games between 2006 and 20011.
He is one of the in-form strikers in the A-League this season, his eight goals from 13 games putting him third on the list to win the Golden Boot, with only Bruno Fornaroli (10) and Besart Berisha (nine) ahead of him.
"He's in outstanding form and there's a few I've heard say career-best form,” Moss told Fox Sports News.
"If Ange Postecoglou is looking at the A-League for a form striker, he is head and shoulders above anyone else.
"He's got to be in the frame.”
And if you compare his goal record for the Socceroos against those players he might be up against for a place in the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and the United Arab Emirates in March, then you would think he is a decent chance to get a gig.
The Socceroos have struggled for goals from their attacking players in the past few games and were lucky to get a 2-2 draw against lowly Thailand last time out.
The pressure has been rising on Mathew Leckie, Robbie Kruse and Tomi Juric to raise their goal input for Australia, particularly with Tim Cahill coming towards the end of his international career at 36.
Leckie has only three goals from 37 games for his country despite getting into good positions to score in a number of games.
Kruse has only four from 48 games in a Socceroos shirt and has not featured in the Bundesliga for his club side Bayer Leverkusen this season.
Tomi Juric has been the main striker for Australia in recent games, but his strike ratio is not that good either, with only four goals in 20 games.
Brosque has a better record than all of those mentioned, having scored five times in 21 games since making his international debut against Fiji in 2004.
Granted, it's not an earth-shattering record, but when you have been struggling for goals in open play, why not go for a player such as Brosque?
He is on fire at club level and we have already seen what A-League players can do if given the chance.
Brosque recently joined Archie Thompson in scoring 50 goals for one A-League club and received the praise of his coach Graham Arnold before Friday's win over the Roar.
"The club is No.1, team is No.2, individuals No.3,” Arnold said.
"Alex is a wonderful leader for this club. He drives and inspires this side with both words and actions.
"His teammates have a lot of respect for him.”
Maybe, just maybe, the same could be said at international level if he is given the chance.