Mathew Leckie is thriving in his return to Germany’s top flight, with promoted club FC Ingolstadt 04 sitting in sixth position on the ladder.
Leckie first moved to the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach in 2011 but the forward only made limited appearances there, struggling to make an impact, before joining second-division FSV Frankfurt on loan in 2012.
Leckie moved there permanently in June 2013 but shifted to Ingolstadt just before the World Cup in Brazil on a three-year deal.
Last season the 24-year-old helped Die Schanzer secure promotion – the club being the surprise packet of the Bundesliga this season with four wins, two draws and two losses.
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“So far so good,” Leckie told FourFourTwo in Amman where he is preparing for the Socceroos’ World Cup qualifier against Jordan on Friday morning (AEDT).
“We’ve got pretty much the same team as last year. We picked up a couple of signings but at the moment none of them have really played.
“It’s quite impressive how well we’re doing so far considering we haven’t invested in many players and just stuck to the same guys.
“Eight games, 14 points and we’re sixth on the ladder – I can’t complain at all.”
Leckie said he has moved back to the Bundesliga as a wiser and better player.
“I think a number of things have changed,” he said.
“This time around I’m more ready for the level. Coming from Australia it was a big step up, it was more a lot of inexperience and getting used to the German style.
“Three seasons now in the second league, and getting promoted with the club I’m playing at, I’m definitely more ready and I’m a more experienced, complete player and used to that level.”
This campaign the former Adelaide United attacker has played every game for Inglostadt on the left wing, scoring one goal.
Leckie said he has been pleased with his own form.
“I’ve put in some good performances,” he said.
“We’re a team that has not conceded much but hasn’t scored too many either. We’re a hard-working team that obviously needs to give 100% every game to get results. We can’t play a game at 80% and be good enough to win it.
“My performances in terms of work ethic and actions in games have been good so far.”
Leckie will be hoping for a starting spot when Australia takes on Jordan. The Bulleen Lions junior has been an integral part of the Socceroos set-up since Ange Postecoglou took over.
“I definitely feel comfortable coming to camps now,” Leckie said.
“Nothing’s new to me. You understand what’s going on and you know everyone quite personally. I love coming into camps with all the guys, it’s great to be back with the boys. It’s a very exciting time with the style we play.”
Leckie admitted the Socceroos’ first World Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan, a 2-1 away win, was a difficult game but things have improved with three victories in a row.
“The first game was very tough,” he said.
“It was probably one of the worst performances in this campaign so far. We didn’t really control the game, we didn’t have as much possession as we wanted to. It’s very natural we’ll get better and better as the performances go on.”