Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner is pleased with Aaron Mooy’s progress in the English Premier League but stressed there’s still plenty of improvement left in the Caltex Socceroos midfielder.
“Good. Very good,” said Wagner when asked about Mooy’s season so far at a press conference ahead of their EPL clash with Spurs at home on Saturday.
“Like the most players and like the whole group, of course Aaron adapted very quickly to the Premier League.
“And he has shown that even in the Premier League he is really able to give our game a stamp, which we need.
“He has done so far so many things right. Accelerate, decelerate the game like he’s done in the Championship, gave assists, has a great working attitude as well.
“So we are very happy that we have him in our group...and what he has shown so far.”
Mooy’s goal against Newcastle United in Town's first home game of the season in August earned the plaudits after the 1-0 win.
It helped his side to a first win in the Premier League after their opening day demolition of Crystal Palace.
Mooy's effort was nominated for the EPL goal of the month for August.
From six games, Wagner's men have only been beaten once. Town sit in eighth on the ladder with nine points.
Mooy’s eye-catching start has mirrored the side’s better than expected opening six games, though Wagner isn’t getting too far ahead of himself.
“He [Mooy] has started well but even he knows and we know that he has to improve and make some further steps because the Premier League will get stronger week after week. This is how a season usually works.
“A season is usually not at its best at the beginning. And the opponent is best as the season continues.
“That’s how it works and this is why we - and he - we altogether have to improve
After the clash against Spurs, Mooy flies off to Malaysia to join up with the Caltex Socceroos ahead of their make or break clash with Syria.
Australia plays next Thursday in Melaka followed by the second leg in Mooy’s hometown of Sydney on October 10.
“What I wished was that they [Australia] would already be qualified,” added Wagner.
“And that maybe he should not now go again and play against Syria in the playoff semi-final, and the next international break [in November].
“That’s what I wished.
“What he plays after the season if he then is able to play the World Cup then I’ll be very happy.”
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