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Socceroos Asian Cup: Who can replace Martin Boyle in the squad?

05:34 GMT+3 02/01/2019
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With the door shutting on a key Socceroo, opportunity could present for a number of attackers

Another day, another injury ahead of the Socceroos' Asian Cup campaign - this time Martin Boyle has been ruled out of the green and gold's quest to win back-to-back continental titles.

The Scottish-born winger joins Aaron Mooy and Daniel Arzani as confirmed absentees, while there is injury clouds hovering over attackers Tom Rogic and Mathew Leckie.

With Australia's first tournament game against Jordan fast approaching on January 6, who can Graham Arnold call into the squad to replace Boyle's attacking versatility?

Goal has compiled a list of possible options...

  • Craig Goodwin

    #1 Craig Goodwin (Adelaide United)

    Having been selected in Graham Arnold's train on Socceroos squad in November, and subsequently elevated to the bench for the match against Lebanon, Craig Goodwin will be hot favourite to be parachuted into the UAE.

    With a dearth of left footers in the team, Goodwin's prodigious left foot will give Arnold a more traditional option on that side of the field.

    His set piece delivery qualities could also be a threat in the dying stages of matches if Australia is chasing a goal.

    Goodwin's form has tailed off at Adelaide United over the past few weeks after a blistering start to the season.

    However there is no doubt he can be a threat at the tournament and his pace gives him the edge over Dimi Petratos.

  • Dimi Petratos Newcastle Jets

    #2 Dimitri Petratos (Newcastle Jets)

    Likely to be competing with Goodwin for selection as the Boyle replacement having also been a part of Arnold's train on squad in November.

    While Petratos can play wide, he is a more of a playmaker that drifts inside, something that is unlikely to suit Arnold, who already has Tom Rogic, Chris Ikonomidis and Jackson Irvine to play in the hole behind the strikers.

    The Newcastle midfielder had a career-best, breakthrough year with the Jets last season, but has so far started this campaign out-of-form.

    He still could be the man Arnold turns to for depth in the attack, as players such as Ikonomidis and Andrew Nabbout can be used in Boyle's favoured wide position.

  • Tomi Juric Australia Thailand

    #3 Tomi Juric (FC Luzern)

    The man anointed as Tim Cahill's replacement has been dropped from a Socceroos squad for the first time since being left out of the June 2016 friendlies with Greece.

    His eight goals in 41 green and gold caps is simply not good enough, and Arnold orginally decided to go with other options.

    Boyle's absence could present an opportunity for Juric to come in a backup centre forward, with Nabbout also able to play on the flanks.

    Who can forget Juric's determination to get past his South Korean opponent and square the ball for James Troisi's winner in the 2015 Asian Cup final?

    He also has plenty of big tournament experience  having been to the recent World Cup in Russia with his national team.

  • James Troisi Melbourne Victory

    #4 James Troisi (Melbourne Victory)

    While incredibly unlikely after his outburst against Arnold and national team selectors, James Troisi represents the best option for the Socceroos to replace Boyle.

    Troisi can play a variety of attacking roles in midfield and has been in good form since the beginning of last season's A-League final series.

    He will also have a point to prove having been snubbed from previous national team squads.

    Who can forget his winning goal in the 2015 Asian Cup final? Also the quality finish against Chile in the Confederations Cup?

    It isn't going to happen, but honestly it probably should.

  • Adam Taggart Brisbane Roar

    #5 Adam Taggart (Brisbane Roar)

    Despite scoring six goals in 10 A-League matches, Adam Taggart's profligacy in front of goal is going to be what counts against him as a national team option.

    There is no doubt Taggart is the most in form Australian striker with his A-League goal tally, but even though he gets into great positions all the time, his finishing has continually let him down.

    Arnold may consider punting on adding the Brisbane Roar man to his squad, especially with Jamie Maclaren not scoring a goal since August.

    But it's likely he goes for an attacking midfielder/winger to replace Boyle.