Hope number 1 – a new role for Emmo. Him doing the wide man staying out near the sideline sending in crosses ain’t gonna do much to make SFC a better team. Emmo, smart link man / cm? THAT could be interesting … and I think that could have some interesting possibilities, him in that kinda role for the NT. Emmo in that deep lying role could act as a screener, but he could also offer so much more. He’s got the engine to forage forward and the smarts to know when to stay back.
My hope for Hazza – he is joining a more functional team than Emmo is … and I think the role HK has been playing for the NT is a pretty good fit … my hope is that he brings out the best in Archie Thompson. Would LOVE to see Archie fit and firing, earning plaudits alongside Hazza. Back in the NT squad as a contributor … My daydream – Archie back in the green and gold; take his best 10 minutes from the Oz vs Serbia game – now imagine him doing that for 90 minutes …if any a-leaguer deserves an indian summer, tis archie methinks