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Is Jamie Maclaren really ‘in form’?

Jamie Maclaren has been called up to the Socceroos squad. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)
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15th May, 2018
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Former Brisbane Roar striker Jamie Maclaren is in better form than Tim Cahill, who has played 159 minutes of football in the whole 2018-19 season.

Cahill shouldn’t be in the squad for Russia and with the ‘Cahilltex’ theory moving into overdrive, his selection becomes even more divisive and questionable.

I have complete faith in Bert van Marwijk and was a major supporter of his appointment (should’ve been on a full-time basis). But there was a compromise made with the selection of Cahill.

So, the argument begins that Maclaren should’ve been chosen instead.

I can only imagine how hard it is to select a squad of 26 (to be cut to 23), but a striker cannot be said to be ‘in form’ for scoring a hat-trick a few days before selection.

Take away the front man’s three goals against Rangers and Maclaren has only scored five goals in 14 league games in a competition rated 26th in Europe according to UEFA club coefficients!

Can we really say he’s in form on the back of all this? He may have deserved a place in front of the likes of Cahill, but we can’t call him in form off the back of one performance, it’s not right.

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Players like Bailey Wright and Aleksandar Susnjar should be the talking points of all the omissions, especially considering how bad we are defensively only a month out from the World Cup.