A tall, back-to-goal striker, Tomi Juric has become a key member of the Socceroos in recent times, invariably starting in the No9 role previously occupied by Tim Cahill. With an ability to hold the ball up and no shortage of skill nor self-confidence, Juric plays with just a hint of the same style as former national team star striker Mark Viduka. Juric scored five goals during the Russia 2018 qualifying campaign, including a crucial double against Saudi Arabia.
Though born and raised Sydney, Juric started out in Croatia – the land of his heritage – before returning to Australia’s A-League. He made a massive contribution to Western Sydney Wanderers’ unlikely AFC Champions League win in 2014, performances that ensured 2015 AFC Asian Cup selection. Juric duly set up the winner in the continental final, displaying strength and skill in one brief moment that perfectly demonstrated his capabilities.