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Is Awer Mabil the spark the Socceroos have been looking for?

8:58 PM EST 11/12/18
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The Aussie attacker is in career best form right now

If him scoring just minutes into his Socceroos debut wasn't enough to convince you Awer Mabil has a bright future with the national team, he's done everything he can since to alleviate any doubt.

Two goals and two assists in his final match for Danish club Midtjylland before the international break has ensured the 23-year-old will be front of Graham Arnold's mind over the next few weeks. 

While a headline-making performance against Vejle, Mabil has been producing regularly this season in Denmark currently boasting four goals and eight assists from just 12 league games.

Playing on the right wing for a Midtjylland side flying high at the top of the table, the Aussie has grown in confidence and has quickly demonstrated a killer instinct the Socceroos have sorely been lacking.

Both of his recent goals were first-time efforts and though not the greatest shots you'll see, the fact he didn't hesitate on the ball gave him the crucial edge over the keeper.

His two assists were also indicative of a cool head in the box as he kept his calm in the final third to pick out a well-placed teammate.

With Mabil starting regularly this season, the Socceroos usual right winger, Mathew Leckie, has been in and out of his Hertha Berlin squad with a knee injury. 

The 27-year-old has in fact played just 84 minutes in the Bundesliga across four substitute appearances, while Mabil has wracked up 915 minutes in the Danish Superliga. 

Though Leckie has been a solid performer for Australia over the past few years, he hasn't always set the world alight and only has eight goals across 57 appearances in the green and gold. 

Ahead of friendlies against Korea Republic and Lebanon, now is the time to give Mabil his first Socceroos start and if current form is anything to go by, don't expect him to waste the opportunity.