Perth Glory's ice cool Chris Ikonomidis needs to be in the Socceroos Asian Cup squad

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The attacker has put his hand up for national selection with a stunning start to the season

Forget Craig Goodwin and Dimi Petratos - Perth Glory winger Chris Ikonomidis is the one A-League player who deserves to force his way into the Socceroos Asian Cup squad.

While Goodwin has claims after a hot opening few weeks and Petratos performed well in the green and gold shirt in the lead up to the World Cup, Ikonomidis has simply demanded selection since his match-winning contribution against Melbourne Victory in round two.

His perfectly placed finish past Lawrence Thomas in the 93rd minute stunned Victory's raucous home crowd and started a sequence of form that must have national team coach Graham Arnold standing up to take notice.

Ikonomidis now has three winning goals in seven matches for the league-leading Glory, with two of them coming in stoppage time.

In addition to the clincher against Victory, the Sydney-born midfielder hit a last-gasp winner against Central Coast on November 25, while most recently he scored the only goal of the game in the win versus Melbourne City.

His propensity to pop up late in matches and his cool head to finish under pressure must be appealing to Arnold, who could definitely use another attacking option off the bench.

Ikonomidis was impressive in his 10 A-League games for Western Sydney Wanderers but he has taken his game to another level at Tony Popovic's Glory.

At the Wanderers, Ikonomidis was confined to a right wing role for his 10 games, in which he popped up with three goals.

However Popovic has been using the 23-year-old as playmaker in Diego Castro's absence, and with the Spaniard returning from injury recently, pushed Ikonomidis up front alongside Andy Keogh.

The results have been stunning with Ikonomidis scoring five goals and assisting two in his seven Glory matches.

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Despite playing three more matches at the Wanderers, Ikonomidis' 207 Glory passes are only 31 less than the amount he made in red and black, showing his new role allows him to get more involved with the play.

While Ikonomidis likely isn't the answer to Australia's goalscoring woes, there is no doubt his versatility allows him to do a job in a variety of attacking positions and for this reason he must be close to his seventh Socceroo cap.

Over to you Graham.

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