The talented Celtic midfielder is highly rated in Scotland but divides Socceroos fans. But he was key to the fightback against Denmark – now for Peru
“When he turns up and shows it on the day he’s one of our best players and best assets.” That was the assessment of Tom Rogic by his Socceroo teammate Tomi Juric. Rogic, after struggling to impose himself in Australia’s World Cup opener against France in Kazan, sparked a fightback in their second match in Samara as the green and gold secured a vital draw.
The No 10 has often been seen as someone who does the business for his club but not his country. The line of thinking often goes like this: he’s a luxury player, he never turns up for the Socceroos, he doesn’t work hard enough, he’s overrated, he goes missing, he’s injury prone, he doesn’t have the engine to be an elite player, he drifts in and out of matches, he can only dominate a mediocre league such as Scotland’s.