Strength and fierce pace have long been the key attributes which have propelled Mathew Leckie’s career, but the Melbourne-born flyer has become a more rounded player since a breakthrough showing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ where he was one of Australia’s best performers. After bursting onto the A-League scene with a stunning goal in his second match for Adelaide United, Leckie has honed his craft over the past six years in Germany. He has spent the past three seasons at Ingolstadt, helping the modestly-resourced Bavarian side into the Bundesliga in 2015, following previous spells at Borussia Monchengladbach and FSV Frankfurt.
On the international arena, Leckie is another to have profited during Ange Postecoglou’s reign. With just four previous caps to his name, Leckie started in Postecoglou’s first match in charge and has been an ever-present since. Typically a wide player in a three-man frontline where his bullocking runs can have full effect, Leckie has been used centrally on occasions. Leckie has been far more prolific in front of goal on the international stage in recent times, and has developed into a strong header of the ball helped by an impressive vertical leap.