10: Classy hero James Troisi

Getting down to the pointy end now as James Troisi enters the fray at No.10 in the Aussie Top 50. Not everyone was enamoured with the attacker's decision to ditch Europe for the Saudi Premier League, but his form last season for club and country was impossible to ignore.

10 James Troisi

Classy hero

Position Attacker Club Zulte Waregem (now Ittihad FC)

Troisi scored one of the most important goals in Australian football history with his extra-time winner for the Socceroos against South Korea in January.

He had highlights aplenty at club level as well, scoring five league goals for Zulte Waregem in Belgium. Included were a few screamers, particularly one over Socceroos team-mate and Club Brugge goalkeeper Mat Ryan from inside the centre circle.

“Overall, the season was very good,” Troisi, 27, said. “A little bit difficult, the team struggled a bit. But on a personal note, did well, scored some nice goals, was playing regularly which is the most important thing (and) scored some of the best goals of my career.

“If you look at my highlights reel, there are some nice ones in there. And with the national team it was the first bit of silverware we won, so a bit of history created there. Things are going well, not only Asian Cup, but the Germany game was fantastic as well. When you can compete against the world’s best, it says a lot and shows how far we’ve come in little time.”

HE SAID: “I’ve been playing a bit more regularly, I’ve been scoring some goals and I want to continue that and build on it.”

THEY SAID: “You don’t know if he’s left- or right-footed because he’s so natural both ways. He’s hard to pick up because he can beat you going one way or the other. And his finishing is incredible.” John Aloisi