Sooner or later, the ball has to find the net, does it not?
The Socceroos have earned plenty of chances and they looked to be the much better side in the 1 – 1 draw with Denmark, but Coach Bert van Marwijk needs to find the player to provide some scoring if the Australians are going to get beyond Group play, a prospect that is seemingly far-fetched.
Of course, the chorus of second-guessers is in full voice, as van Marwijk left Tim Cahill on the bench for the second match and if he does not play in the finale with Peru, a do-or-die-scenario, there could well be a price on van Marwijk’s head.
The Socceroos desperately need goals, along with help from France in that country’s finale with Denmark. Cahill has been the man to do that in the past and his simply walking onto the pitch might be just the left the Socceroos need. It is almost a case of what have you got to lose.
Cahill has three FIFA World Cups to demonstrate that when it comes time to finish, his foot or head on the ball is critical.
Another question van Marwijk faces is what to do with Daniel Arzani. He was brought on after 67 minutes and filled in most admirably for Robbie Kruse, if that is not a case of damning by faint praise, as Kruse has been a flop.
It is a veritable din for Arzani to get a start, but in order for that to happen, one of the Aussie wide men will have to sit. Given the way that Mathew Leckie performed against the Danes, with a best-on-ground showing, no one in their right might would replace him. Kruse, on the other hand, was panned from the start, with the Australian football cognoscenti calling for his substitution no sooner than he was named.
Andrew Nabbout has been leading the attack competently, but his shoulder injury does not appear as though it will be recovered complelty by the time Australia takes the ground for the game with Peru.