It’s been a big weekend for the Socceroos on and off the field, with Aussies hitting the scoresheet around the world – and two big names set for transfers as the countdown to Qatar continues.
Here’s all the action in our Ru Radar!
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Aussie midfielder maestro Ajdin Hrustic appears to have found his next club. Sent off in Eintracht Frankfurt despite scoring a penalty in the Europa League final, Sockers’ key midfielder Cog will miss out on Champions League football this season – but looks set to receive more minutes in the Premier League. World Cup.
According to Sky Sports Italia, Hrustic will be heading to Serie A side Hellas Verona, the Italian side are in 17th place in the league. An announcement is expected in the next day or two after he traveled to the club for a medical today. He will sign a three-year contract with an option for a fourth season. Verona recently sold midfielder Antonin Barak on loan to Fiorentina, leaving them without a creative playmaker – a role Hrustic could inherit.
The 26-year-old has made 33 Bundesliga appearances in two seasons with Frankfurt and could make his debut on Monday morning (2am AEST) in a crucial qualifying clash against Sampdoria to avoid relegation.
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Massimo Luongo, a free agent, is on the move after being released by Sheffield Wednesday following last season. According to the Daily Mail (UK), he will join the ladder-leading Championship side in Qatar as he attempts to return to contention for the Socceroos. The report claims that the 29-year-old’s signature has beaten off a trio of other interested clubs, including Middlesbrough, Huddersfield Town and Swansea, to sign the 29-year-old from Reading and respected manager Paul Ince.
The former Spurs youngster has made 43 Soccer Cup appearances but has not featured on the international stage since 2019. Signing for a team that leads England’s second division is likely to be memorable for him.
Staying in the Championship, Riley McGregor opened the scoring this season as Middlesbrough secured their first win of the campaign with a 2-1 win at Swansea. The 23-year-old attacking midfielder has started all six league games for Boro this season and has shown clinical finishing after quick counter-attacks.
In Scotland, Aaron Mooy scored a record 9 goals as Celtic beat Dundee United in the 62nd minute. Mooy has been deployed as one of Ange Postkoglou’s men’s ‘closest’ team in recent weeks, and was once again good in possession as the Scottish giants danced down the pecking order.
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Veteran fullback Aziz Behic was unused as a substitute for Dundee, as was goalkeeper Marc Brigitti. Ironically, the result could help Brigitte’s chances of relegating to the starting line-up, as he has conceded 7 goals for AZ Alkmaar in the last two games and four for Hearts.
Centre-back Kay Rowles stayed with Hearts on his debut of the season in the 3-2 return win at St Johnstone. Unfortunately, Rowles landed heavily after scoring the equalizer and injured a metatarsal in his foot, the severity of which is still unknown. Young gun Nathaniel Atkinson played 62 minutes before being sidelined with a groin injury.
Both Martin Boyle (Scotland) and Kenny Dougall (England) played the full 90 minutes for their clubs, as did Cameron Peppion in Premier League 2 for Brighton’s under-21 side.
In Europe, Matt Ryan, Joel King, Jackson Irvine, Jason Davidson and James Jego played full matches.
And there was good news for Olyros gunner Alo Kuol, who made his debut for VFB Stuttgart on the bench in a Bundesliga game. He was an unused substitute, but the 21-year-old striker looks set to start in one of the world’s top five leagues.
In Japan, Mitch Duke pounced on a goalkeeping error and fired the ball into an empty net to give Fagiano Okayama a 1-0 win in the second-tier J2 League.
He scored his sixth goal in 27 league games this season and the club are currently fourth and chasing promotion.