The ÖFB team is still on the lookout for solutions after a few losses before the Nations-League home match against Northern Ireland . Because Marc Janko is “in” again, Lukas Hinterseer stayed in Bochum.
Innsbruck – Perhaps Franco Foda had an intuition that made him dream that he would send Marc Janko to the field against Northern Ireland in the finish if he was level and that the 35-year-old would then score the redeeming winning goal. Yes, then Janko would have scored 29 goals and the ÖFB team boss would have done (almost) everything right with his surprising nomination.
The view into the glass ball only helps to a very limited extent. After the 0:1 opening defeat in Bosnia results are in demand. Austria needs a home win in the fight for first place in group B3. And in reality the ÖFB team at the forefront probably only produces a spearhead of international format with Marko Arnautovic (suffers from a slight knee laceration). For tomorrow’s starting eleven, only the West Ham Legionnaire or Schalke Exporter Guido Burgstaller, whose body-focused playing style would also suit the British, will be considered as the central attacker – if Foda remains true to his 3-4-3 system.
- Red Bull Salzburg
- Austrian Bundesliga (3): 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10
- KNVB Cup (1): 2010–11
- Johan Cruyff Shield (1): 2011
- Primeira Liga (1): 2011–12
- Swiss Super League (2): 2015–16, 2016–17
- Swiss Cup (1): 2016-17
- Austrian Football Bundesliga Topscorer: 2008–09
- A-League Golden Boot: 2014–15
- Professional Footballers Australia Player of the Month: February 2015
- A League PFA Team of the Season: 2014-15
- Sydney FC Team of the Decade: 2015
- Most goals for Sydney FC in a league season: 16
- Most consecutive Sydney FC goalscoring appearances: 7
Why Bochum’s goalkeeper Lukas Hinterseer, who like Deni Alar or Andreas Weimann was on the squad’s call-up list, did not win a subsequent nomination is not only surprising from a Tyrolean point of view. Because the 27-year-old Kitzbüheler delivers a very strong performance in the second German league, his last of a total of twelve appearances in red and white dates from 15 November 2016 with a friendly zero number against Slovakia. Hinterseer did not want to comment on the team debate yesterday.
The rest of the field, such as Arnautovic, were happy about the team return of old friend Marc Janko, who was last in action on 9 October 2017 under former team boss Marcel Koller. For Sebastian Prödl, who still hasn’t played a single league minute this season in the FC Watford kit, it makes sense to call Janko (third in the ÖFB rankings with 28 goals).
It will go against Northern Ireland with the possible play arrangement “High and far brings security” also in all zones of the field around the air sovereignty. And a tall photographer can be satisfied with a header or a single ball that has fallen down.
The file “Marc J.” will in all probability not be the key criterion. Rather, the question continues to revolve around how the absence of Baumgartlinger, Alaba and Grillitsch can be collectively compensated.