Today’s guest post is from Australian resident @Matty Aqua who shares with us his recommendations for 5 Australians to sign on FM23 which is the start of a series of guest posts we have coming to the site with recommended players to sign.

So I’ll go ahead and assume most of you don’t watch the A-League, that’s ok I will forgive you but I think most of you would know some of the players that are currently playing in the A-League. Italian and former West Ham United player Alessandro Diamante is enjoying life playing for Western United as they won the league last season, Melbourne Victory’s new summer signing Nani formerly of Manchester United has settled into the A-League well and there is now a raft of former players from the English leagues enjoying what life has to offer them down under such as former Nottingham Forest player Joe Lolley, Ex-Premier League striker Charlie Austin, and Football Manager enthusiast Adam Le Fondre who has spent the previous few seasons scoring goals for Sydney FC.

Another interesting bit of news from the last transfer window was the agreed future transfer of Garang Kuol who will join Newcastle United in January and has some very exciting attributes and is one to keep an eye on

At 18 he already is showing at Newcastle you could put him straight into the first team as a squad player. With that said I’ll put forward some other players that might be worth keeping an eye on in the future.

Let’s start with Daniel Arzani, already capped 6 times for Australia it just hasn’t worked out so far for the once-promising attacker, joining Manchester City at a young age and constant loans didn’t quite work out for Daniel Arzani including loan spells at Celtic where a torn ACL derailed his playing time. Since then he has returned back to Australia to recapture some form and confidence and is out of contract at the end of the season, could be a worthy free-agent pickup as he still has room to improve.

Another player who maybe never reached his full potential is Central Coast Mariners striker Jason Cummings. Having spent time at clubs such as Hibernian, Rangers, Nottingham Forest, and Peterborough United a lack of maturity has seen his career take a sidestep to the land down under. From an FM perspective, Jason Cummings may still be a viable striker if the right deal can be struck.

Looking a bit more on the younger side Patrick Yazbeck at 20 years old looks ready to have a breakout season with strong mental attributes for a 20-year-old and experience at the senior level will benefit him greatly. Contracted to the end of the season, work permit issues could limit where Patrick Yazbeck decides to continue his football journey, but definitely, one to watch and could develop into a nice defensive midfielder as he progresses.

On the other side of the coin is Melbourne City’s young attacking midfielder 17-year-old Max Caputo. Unfortunately, Italian is not listed as a second nationality despite sounding like he could be a casting member on The Sopranos, Caputo looks like he could be worth a gamble if you have the right development facilities available. Uncontracted beyond 2023 it might definitely be worth keeping an eye on the young Australian as I’m sure those Australian youth team call-ups will start coming his way soon enough.

Lastly, I’d like to point your attention towards Adelaide United’s hottest prospect Nestroy Irankunda, with physicals jumping off the page at 16 years old already it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on the youngster as he has the flair and vision to go with the speed to be devastating on the counter-attack. Maybe getting in early like Newcastle has done with Garang Kuol will be the best way to mold the youngsters’ development as his technical skills need some catching up.

Thanks to Matty for his recommendations for FM23, you can find his football manager site here. If you would be interested in doing a piece for us email [email protected]


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