While we've been spoiled with games during Summer football there's been plenty of Aussies in overseas action throughout the Christmas period.
While we've been spoiled with games during Summer football there's been plenty of Aussies in overseas action throughout the Christmas period. Here's a recap of some of the performances from our Aussies abroad who are not on hiatus.
Australian born defender, Brad Smith, made his first-team debut for Liverpool overnight. The teenager was an unused substitute for Liverpool's defeat by Manchester City, but came on against English powerhouses Chelsea, in this morning's top of the table clash.
Smith came on for the injured Joe Allen in the 60th minute and played out the match in a wide midfield position.
Smith is currently the subject of a international tug-a-war between England and Australia, with uncertainty surrounding where the allegiances of the 19-year-old lie. The Penrith product left Australia for the UK five years ago and has represented England at U-17 level at the youth European Championships and World Cup.
The left-back has build a reputation as a speedster and is one player Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has let it known he intends to seek out during his European scouting mission in February. Postecoglou will visit numerous players during his trip ahead of a March friendly for the Socceroos - the last before our World Cup squad is announced.
With the left-back position being somewhat problematic for the national team in recent times, hope has not been lost Smith can be persuaded to declare his allegiances to the green and gold.
Elsewhere in a busy weekend of European action, Mile Jedinak's Crystal Palace went down to Manchester City. The Eagles have recently soared out of the relegation zone in the EPL and the 1-0 result continues their recent surge in form against one of the league leaders who have been scoring for fun at home. Jedinak continues to be ever-present in midfield for Palace, having played every minute of the season to date.
Mat Ryan's Club Brugge side have dropped to third in the Belgium domestic league after they slumped to a 2-1 defeat. The Socceroos new No.1 gloveman was unable to repeat his heroics from earlier in the week when he saved a penalty, with his club side surprisingly going down at home to Waasland-Beveren.
Dylan McGowan's Hearts were on the receiving end of a 4-0 drubbing from Jackson Irvine's Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League. Both Aussies played the 90-minutes, meanwhile Tom Rogic has been missing from the Celtic squad as he seeks to recover from a calf injury.
Brett Holman and Alex Brosque both continue to play full games for their respective club sides in the United Arab Emirates as they attempt to get themselves back in Socceroos reckoning. Holman was on the scoresheet for Al Nasr in their previous match but were held to a 1-1 draw at home, while Brosque's Al Ain side are sixth in the league after they suffered a 2-1 defeat on the road.
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