Amini relishing newfound creative role

Mustafa Amini is relishing the responsibility of being the key player at new club AGF and hopes it leads to his maiden Socceroos call-up this season.

The 23-year-old made an off-season move from Randers to AGF where he’s playing as the central midfielder in a 4-3-3 formation.

The ex-Borussia Dortmund man started brilliantly with a goal and an assist on debut and got through another 70 minutes in Friday’s win over Viborg.

Amini had his most consistent season in Europe last term, with 31 appearances for Randers. Now in a more ambitious club, he is hopeful of catching Ange Postecoglou’s eye and finally earning that first senior call-up.

“I’ve been part of the under-17s, under-20s and under-23s, so it’s the next step,” Amini told FourFourTwo.

“When that comes I don’t know, so I’m just working hard and waiting for that first call-up.

“Hopefully at my new club if I’m playing regularly and doing well, that chance will come.”

Amini acknowledged there was plenty of competition for places in midfield among the Socceroos but felt AGF was a good fit for him to press his case.

“We’re playing a 4-3-3,” he said. “In Randers I played in a 4-4-2, it was a bit more flat whereas here it’s a bit more dynamic. 

“You can change it up and it’s a bit more free-flowing, a bit like the Socceroos.”

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Amini still had two years on his Randers contract when AGF, who finished 10th last season, signed him up on a four-year deal last month.

Despite their lack of recent success, AGF are one of the bigger Danish clubs, holding the record for the most domestic cup titles and known as one of the oldest sporting clubs in Denmark.

Current AGF boss Glen Riddersholm coached Midtjylland to their maiden Danish title two years ago and his move for Amini was part of their bid to re-emerge as a contender, putting responsibility firmly on the Aussie.

“If a club buys you, they’re asking you to help the team,” Amini said. “Moving to a big club, pressure comes with that.

“Being in the middle of the park, you’re one of the main players in the team. You’ve got to help everyone, distribute and do good things.”

He added: “They brought Glen in which is a sign the club wants to achieve bigger things. 

“We’re starting to bring in some good players. We’re a sleeping giant who hopefully wakes up this season and proves to everyone that we’re back.”

Amini said AGF, who have won their first two games, were targeting a spot in the play-offs, under the new system in Denmark whereby the top six fight it out for the Superliga title.