New roo Gersbach eyes Rosenborg debut
The 18-year-old former Sydney FC left-back was on Wednesday named in Ange Postecoglou’s 23-man Socceroos squad to play home World Cup qualifiers against Tajikistan and Jordan.
The clash against Jordan, to be played at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium, could represent a dream home debut for the Sutherland raised youngster.
Gersbach has hit the ground running at his new Norwegian home following his $500,000 switch from Sydney at the end of January.
The AIS product has played six out of seven pre-season games for the Norwegian champions, including 20 minutes off the bench in the club’s final warm-up against Viking on Sunday.
Rosenborg’s 2016 Tippeligaen campaign gets underway this weekend, with a clash against Odd BK on Saturday marking a potential debut for Gersbach.
Postecoglou admitted he has made the effort to find a way to watch Gersbach in Rosenborg’s pre-season fixtures and has been impressed.
“Going to Rosenborg, he’s played a few friendly games and I’ve watched him,” Postecoglou said.
“He’s adjusting well to life there. I think he could be an exciting addition for us.
“He’s one we can fast-track and hopefully he blossoms for us.”
Gersbach is the latest player who could be trialled at left back, following the likes of Jason Davidson, Aziz Behich, James Meredith and Brad Smith.
Postecoglou openly admits he wants to create depth at left back, signifying the fact it is a problem position for Australia.
“I rate him very highly. He plays an area of the park where he need to create some more depth," he said.
“He’s a very talented young player. I thought for such a young guy who showed a great deal of maturity and composure at Sydney FC.”