Dario Vidosic has thrown his hat into the ring as a potential Socceroos number 10 but admits he’s happy to play anywhere.
The 27-year old can play in the hole, on both wings or up front, but said he is most comfortable as an attacking midfielder in the playmaker role.
Mark Bresciano is expected to fill that position in Australia’s World Cup opener against Chile, if fit, while Tommy Oar and James Troisi are also in contention.
“Generally number 10 is my most comfortable because I have played there, even at my club I played there all season and sometimes went out on the left and right, and if we had to change things up,” Vidosic said.
“But I’m also very comfortable playing on the left and the right where I have those one on one situations and make runs in behind and get closer to the goal. “
Vidosic spent most the 2013-2014 season playing as a number 10 with his Swiss club FC Scion, where he racked up six goals and five assists in 31 appearances. He was also a regular in that position during his spell with Adelaide United in the A-League.
“For me, it’s no problem, but if I had to pick I’d say the 10 just because I’ve played there for much longer this season,” Vidosic added.
Vidosic said his own performance against Croatia has given him a boost heading into the Chile game.
“I felt I did quite well,” he said.
“Attacking we probably didn’t have too many opportunities, there were a few we analysed and maybe just the final pass a little bit, (but) our defensive aspect worked quite well.
“For me to have the two games in the week has helped me a lot fitness-wise, with the heat and to be playing.
“It’s given me a bit of a boost as we continue to fight for the starting XI for the first game of the World Cup.”
Vidosic said everyone is working hard to be in contention and the preparation is 100%.
“We’re all working hard and not one of us wants to come to a World Cup and not be a part of it,” the attacking midfielder said.
“As a footballer you work hard, you train hard, to play at the end of the day.
“We’re just trying to cause as many headaches for the coaching staff as possible and the ones that are selected, everyone will be there to support them and to be called on at whatever stage.
“The coaching staff, they’re looking at all the opponents and dissecting them to the finest detail and then laying that information on to us.
“They’re doing a phenomenal job, we can’t be any better prepared than we will be and it will put us in a great position come kick off.”comments