STRIK­ING OMIS­SION

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For­mer great Aus­tralian striker Damian Mori has some in­ter­est­ing thoughts about where Aus­tralia sits with the qual­ity of its strik­ers and why. “I thought Tomi Juric did re­ally well over­all in this cam­paign,” Mori said. “It only takes one goal to go in and then your con­fi­dence changes. I think he just has to per­sist. As a coun­try, I don’t think we have a lot of strik­ers at the mo­ment, but that could come down to a lot of things and one of them might be the sit­u­a­tion at ju­nior level. When I was a ju­nior it was al­ways two up front, so you al­ways had two strik­ers. Now we seem to just have the one. “The role of a striker at se­nior level has changed some­what as well from when I played, so maybe that’s some­thing we need to look at ad­just­ing to in ju­nior de­vel­op­ment. But it’s a tricky sit­u­a­tion and I don’t know what the def­i­nite an­swer is, to be hon­est. “You go back to when there was Mark Viduka and John Aloisi, we had an abun­dance of strik­ers play­ing at the top level. I guess ev­ery coun­try goes through cy­cles and maybe we’re just go­ing through one of those pe­ri­ods where striker is not a po­si­tion where we have good num­bers.”

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