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The Socceroos have qualified for their fourth World Cup, but only just, and it was more of a test than many people would have liked, with the side finishing second behind Japan.
No one can argue that the team lacked creativity on occasion, sometimes hopelessly playing long balls towards Tim Cahill, particularly when Mark Bresciano was injured.
Imagine if the Socceroos had another player like Bresciano, who could play that killer pass to almost perfection, or pull off a bit of brilliance like Harry Kewell.
The Socceroos do have a young gun by the name of Tommy Oar, who has been absolutely brilliant at times, but at other times very ordinary. He needs to mature a bit more, and his role in Brazil could be more that of an impact player.
I believe the answer to this problem is a man who played professionally in Germany for 10 years, and in fact, was born there.
That man is Brisbane Roar’s playmaker Thomas Broich. In 2014, Broich should be eligible for Australian citizenship, although he played for Germany’s U-21 side and two games for Germany B, and should he choose to join the Socceroos, would be a great addition.
Broich is a player who was once dubbed ‘Germany’s next big thing’ and a ‘bearer of hope’ for Germany’s national side, along with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski.
Therefore, as soon as he becomes eligible, Holger Osieck should beg if needed for Broich to play for the national team, as his passing game could be just what the Socceroos need.
One could list the multiple reasons why Broich is world class and deserving of a spot, but all you have to do is look him up on YouTube, or watch the documentary about him titled ‘Tom meet Zizou’.
Broich at least deserves a shot, even if he will be 33 by the time the World Cup arrives. He’s definitely earned it.