Breaking down the Socceroos goalscoring woes

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We crunched the numbers to see just how long it's taking each Aussie to score for the national team

As the only nation not to score from open play at the 2018 World Cup, it's no secret the Socceroos have been struggling in the final third.

With Tim Cahill set to retire after a testimonial match against Lebanon in November, new coach Graham Arnold must find a way to solve Australia's goalscoring woes without their all-time leading scorer.

Banging in 50 goals across 107 appearances for the green and gold, Cahill managed to find the back of the net once every 134 minutes for the Socceroos.

It's an incredible success rate and though undoubtedly helped by his heroics off the bench later on in his international career, still leaves some big shoes to fill.

Of the current Socceroos squad, Tomi Juric boasts the best goals return currently sitting on a goal every 218 minutes for his nation.

To put this in comparison, Harry Kane bangs in a goal every 119 minutes for the Three Lions while Romelu Lukaku manages to strike every 109 minutes for Belgium.

Injuries have hampered Juric from making the number nine position his own in recent years and he was restricted to a substitute role at the World Cup. 

Tomi Juric Socceroos

Yet to feature for Swiss side Luzern this season, the 27-year-old didn't score all that freely for the club in his last campaign striking seven times across 27 appearances.

With Jamie Maclaren in particular breathing down his neck, Juric will face fresh competition for his spot. 

Among the other regular Socceroos, Mile Jedinak is the next best in front of goal striking once every 298 minutes - a ratio helped massively by his role as penalty taker.

Attacking midfielder Tom Rogic sits third with the Celtic player averaging a goal for his nation every 377 minutes.

Going down the list Massimo Luongo strikes once every 478 minutes, Aaron Mooy every 517, Matthew Leckie every 522 and Robbie Kruse every 735. 

Interestingly, Asian Cup hero James Troisi has a goal every 350 minutes for the Socceroos but was left out of Australia's World Cup squad.

Tim Cahill/ James Troisi Socceroos 2017

While a number of players appear goal shy for the Socceroos, Cahill believes club form of Australian players will ultimately pay off for the green and gold. 

"I have been grooming them for goals with their clubs...when you do it for your club, you do it for your country," Cahill said. 

"Now it's about doing it on the international stage when it counts. It doesn't matter if it's against a team from the Middle East or Asia or internationally or the Asian Cup.

"They all count the same and the effort that you put in for your club has to be the same as you put in for your country."

In that respect, a number of Australian attackers boast some strong returns in front of goal.

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Maclaren averaged a goal every 111 minutes for Hibernian on loan last season, Nabbout a goal every 190 minutes for Newcastle Jets and Adam Taggart a goal every 103 minutes for Perth Glory. 

A number of young attackers also look set to add a new dimension to Australia's attack with teenage trio Daniel Arzani, Denis Genreau and John Iredale all named in Arnold's first squad. 

As the Socceroos look to defend their Asian Cup crown in January, goals are a must and just who can bang them in will prove decisive as the squad enters a new era in front of goal. 

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