Into his first few months as coach of Western Sydney Wanderers, Markus Babbel has already identified some key issues he believes is holding the game back in Australia.
The German may have only been in the country for a short time, but having worked with a number of Australian players including Tomi Juric since becoming a coach feels the country is being made to pay for not pushing their players hard enough.
Babbel noting that some young players aren't motivated enough to succeed in Europe knowing that they can always fall back on the A-League.
"In Australia, it’s not tough enough," Babbel wrote for Players Voice.
"I’ve looked across the A-League and seen some 23-year-olds who have played for five clubs...in a 10-team competition?! That is not normal.
"It means there is no real motivation for young players because in the back of their minds they know they can fail many times and still have another chance."
The 45-year-old revealing he's determined to give his players the best chance of one day making it in Europe.
"I’ve seen Australian footballers go to Europe before they are ready far too often, only to leave after just one or two seasons," Babbel said.
"As coach of the Wanderers, it’s something I want to change. I want to prepare young players for that next step because over there it’s not enough to just be good technically or tactically.
"You have to be mentally ready. You need to be strong and fit. You must be courageous going into challenges. These are areas where I think many young Australians need to improve."
Babbel began his tenure in charge of the Wanderers with a nervy 4-3 win in the FFA Cup and has added two Germans to his squad since taking over.