FRESH off scoring a stunning eight minute hat-trick, Jamie Maclaren has been offered insight into what is needed to go to the next level by Socceroos legend Tim Cahill.
Speaking on Fox Sports football show Shootout, Cahill offered a reality check for the Brisbane Roar striker, saying more discipline is needed if he wants to return to the national team fold.
Maclaren missed out on selection for the Socceroos’ last two World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and the United Arab Emirates, having disappointed in his start against Thailand in November.
“I think the biggest thing for Jamie is his consistency,” Cahill said after Brisbane’s win over Central Coast on Sunday night.
“The most important thing for a striker is your style of play but also that you can develop as a footballer. The best thing about him is that he can score goals.
“Most games he’s able to do that but on the international level it’s all about the style of play and the positioning as a No.9.
“I think the thing for him is to watch as much video as he can to learn about the positions he can take up to be a goal scorer. He’s been given his opportunity and I’m sure he’ll get it again. You’ve got to proud of these guys for pushing because that’s what you want from young Australian players.”
Cahill, who is edging closer to 100 national team caps, expanded on his advice to Maclaren, explaining the types of runs he needs to make more of to fit into Ange Postecoglou’s system.
“I was talking about Jamie Maclaren, or even a Tomi Juric, they have to run where they’re supposed to run,” the all-time top Socceroos scorer said. “And they have to keep doing it. Because when you run to the near post and Jimmy Troisi is behind me and scores, the selfless act will win in the end.
“You have to take responsibility at a different level when you’re on the international stage.”
CAHILL’S QUEST TO LEAVE A LEGACY
Tim Cahill admitted he might not make it to Russia 2018, but explained how making a difference for the Socceroos is still driving him.
“At the last World Cup we played in, we didn’t just take part, we dominated large parts of the game and when you look at the stats of the games we’ve played, we’ve dominated possession,” Cahill said on Shootout.
“Now it’s about going to the next level and turning that into winning games.”
He added: “People get a misconception about his [Postecoglou’s] passion for the game, which is to change to game.
“We don’t just want to get there [to the World Cup], we want to make a difference.
“And I might not be there, but I want to leave that little bit of what you’ve created and pass it onto a Tomi Juric or a Mustafa Amini and a Riley McGree then you’re laying a foundation.”