My Aussie mate has to step up
AUSSIE star Aaron Mooy faces the toughest season of his life, says his fellow countryman, Harry Kewell.
Mooy, 26, was the midfield architect of Huddersfield’s fairytale promotion to the Premier League last season, scoring four goals and winning a place in the PFA team of the year while on loan from Manchester City.
Now, the Terriers have signed the former Melbourne City man on a permanent deal worth £8m.
Much is expected of Mooy, both in West Yorkshire and for the Socceroos, but Kewell has warned that his fellow Sydneysider no longer has that element of surprise.
“Aaron’s someone I know really well,” said Kewell, who played against Mooy in the A-League during the 201314 season. “He was an exceptional player back home but the question was always ‘Can he do it in Europe?’.
“He clearly proved that last season with the move to Huddersfield. He absolutely ran the show for them.
“But, if you talk to anyone in the game, it’s always your second season. That first year, anything can happen.
“Nobody knows what you can do. Second year, everyone has done their homework and it’s a lot tougher.
“It’s a big season for him in the best league in the world. If he wants to be the best, he’s got to compete with the best. But he’s got the ability – there’s no doubt about that.”