English Premier League legend and French great Thierry Henry singled out Huddersfield Town’s Caltex Socceroos playmaker Aaron Mooy after the Aussie star's winner against Newcastle United.
Speaking on Sky Sports following Huddersfield Town’s 1-0 home win over Newcastle United on Monday morning (AEST), one in which Mooy starred and scored a spectacular winner, the former Arsenal superstar was effusive in his praise of the 26-year-old.
"We knew it was going to come from Aaron Mooy; thinking, magic, I like when a player thinks," Henry said of the game’s only goal.
Mooy’s cleverness shone through as he played a quick give-and-go on the edge of the box before bending it past the Newcastle keeper.
Henry described the thinking behind the goal: "When Mooy is going to receive the ball, can I make you believe that I'm going to shoot? Yes I can,” the Frenchman said.
"Think, see, execute, go and get your ball back, compose yourself, bend it, 1-0, go and enjoy and celebrate it."
SOUNESS ALSO RATES “IMAGINATIVE’ MOOY
Henry’s fellow Sky Sports analyst, former Liverpool boss Graeme Souness, added Mooy had qualities that stood out when watching two newly promoted sides.
“There wasn’t a great deal of quality in the final third from either team,” he said, adding the defending of Mooy’s goal by Mikel Merino was poor.
“There was lots of endeavour, lots of organisation, but that’s what you’d expect from teams coming up from the Championship.
“It’s that last little bit of imagination, the flair, to get in your team and neither of them have it other than Mooy of Huddersfield.
“You’ve got to stand back and admire the goal, I give you that.”
Henry added Mooy’s now famous shyness and lack of ego was an endearing quality.
"I like his interview at the end [post game]. He was almost embarrassed being man of the match.
“Always talking about the team. Always talking about 'we'. It's nice to see that, he does his talking on the field.”
Town have now won their first two games in the Premier League. They host Southampton this weekend.
Mooy was named in Ange Postecoglou's 30-man squad for two crucial World Cup qualifiers in the next fortnight.
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