Tomi Juric should be playing in England or Germany, says Markus Babbel

The former Luzern coach rates the Aussie striker very highly

Socceroos striker Tomi Juric has the ability to be playing in Europe's top leagues, according to new Western Sydney Wanderers manager Markus Babbel.

Babbel crossed paths with Juric at Swiss club Luzern and the German coach is clearly a big fan of the former Wanderers striker.

While Babbel is now in Western Sydney, Juric remains in Switzerland and Babbel is adamant he is capable of more. 

"Tomi, I can't understand why he's not playing in Germany or England because he has so much talent and I had the luck to work with him," Babbel told the Wanderers website.

"He was doing well and I hope he is going this way - then his dream will come true.

"He is a top striker but he has to learn a bit more mentality then he is one of the best strikers."

Tomi Juric Socceroos

Juric featured in all three of the Socceroos World Cup matches, starting Australia's final game against Peru and scored the Wanderers winning goal in the 2014 Asian Champions League final.

The 26-year-old scored seven goals last season for Luzern with Babbel departing the club before the end of the season and admitting that Juric played a big part in his decision to join the Wanderers.

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"One of the biggest points why I came here to Sydney because Tomi Juric was telling me the crowds are totally crazy," he said.

"And after Switzerland, of course it was a good time there, but the supporters are very quiet and not so many in the stadium. Now I’m really looking forward to good support.

"It was good I was talking to him and now I know a lot."

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