March 29, 2015 13:23:04 UK
Chris Ikonomidis has backed himself as a goalscorer, as he keeps his fingers crossed for an Australia debut in the friendly against FYR Macedonia in Skopje.
The 19-year-old was called up by coach Ange Postecoglou for the two friendlies during the international window, and sat on the bench for the 2-2 draw against Germany in Kaiserslautern.
Ikonomidis has scored five goals in his nine Australia U20 appearances, and feels he is ready for a chance at senior level.
Whether he gets a debut against Macedonia depends on Postecoglou’s willingness to change a forward line of Mathew Leckie, Nathan Burns and James Troisi who impressed against Germany.
Australia are 2.10 to beat FYR Macedonia, who are 3.50 with the draw 3.25.
The Lazio reserve player said: “The football they are playing is fantastic and I want to add something to that. I want to add my own flair; I think I’m a similar type of player to them.
“I think I’m ready. Despite my young age I’ve got experience from playing friendly matches with the Lazio first team, and training with them week in week out for almost a year now.”
Ikonomidis feels he has benefitted a lot from playing with the likes of Miroslav Klose, Antonio Candreva and Felipe Anderson.
Postecoglou is looking to the future by bringing Ikonomidis into the squad, with the Socceroos preparing for life after 35-year-old record goalscorer Tim Cahill who is unavailable through injury.
“I think I am a goal-scorer,” said the teenager, who moved to Italy to take up a youth contract with Atalanta when he turned 16. “I’m not a number 9, I’m not an all-out striker, but I can play anywhere in the attacking third and I’ve got a good sense of goal which I’ve shown this season more than ever with 15 goals so far.”
The Socceroos are 7.00 to beat FYR Macedonia 1-0.
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