6: Future Socceroos Stalwart Sainsbury

Previous coaches have equated his laidback manner with a lack of desire - BIG MISTAKE. This Mr Cool, Calm and Collected might just have the perfect demeanour for the high pressure world of top-flight football. He cruises into 6th place in our Top 50 Aussies inthe World. 

6 Trent Sainsbury

Future Socceroos Stalwart

Position Defender Club PEC Zwolle

His performances at the Asian Cup, during which he played every minute of the Socceroos’ campaign, proved he could be an international player for years to come. Composed, strong defensively and his passing ability made Sainsbury one of the stars of the tournament, and man of the match in the final.

If his relaxed body language was once questioned, its value must also be understood – as it allows him to stay calm in possession and ensure there is no panic by his teams when pressed.

Sainsbury missed last year’s World Cup due to a freak knee injury suffered when he fell on a sprinkler during a game. The enormity of his absence was only felt when he consistently produced good displays at the Asian Cup.

Sainsbury made 18 Eredivisie appearances for PEC Zwolle in 2014/15, and would hope he can put together a full and consistent campaign in the upcoming season. Still only 23, he has a bright future ahead of him and has already attracted interest from elsewhere. More performances like the one on the big stage in the Asian Cup final and Sainsbury is destined for bigger things.

HE SAID: “It (the man of the match) is a nice personal touch but I wouldn’t be able to do it without the boys around me.”

THEY SAID: “He could be a Socceroos stalwart for the next 10 years.” John Kosmina