A “egocentric” John Aloisi needs goal-machine Jamie Maclaren to play out his profession within the A-League slightly than once more take a look at himself at an abroad membership.
Aloisi’s Western United has the robust process of shutting down the Melbourne Metropolis marksman in Saturday night time’s grand ultimate rematch at AAMI Park.
Maclaren final Monday grew to become the primary participant in A-League historical past to attain in 9 successive matches when he netted a double in Metropolis’s 3-1 away win over Wellington Phoenix.
His double took his total A-League objectives tally to 132 in simply 185 appearances.
Former United, Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar ace Besart Berisha’s A-League file objectives complete of 142 is nicely and actually within the sights of Maclaren, who has already scored 12 occasions in 9 appearances this season to be on course for his fifth golden boot.
As soon as Maclaren surpasses Berisha, the query can be raised about what extra he can obtain within the A-League.
At 29, he’s nonetheless in his prime and if he does need one other shot at succeeding abroad, he’ll most likely want to maneuver sooner slightly than later.
Maclaren spent a part of his youth profession at English membership Blackburn Rovers and later had restricted success throughout spells with Darmstadt 98 (Germany) and Hibernian (Scotland).
However Socceroos nice Aloisi, who coached Maclaren on the Roar, mentioned his former participant didn’t must show himself abroad and hoped he remained within the A-League indefinitely.
“I’m undecided what his ambitions are or what his objectives are, however … I’m being a bit bit egocentric right here … I’d love for him to remain within the A-League as a result of it’s nice for the league and also you want as many good gamers within the league as doable, and he’s positively top-of-the-line strikers, if not the perfect striker that we’ve ever had within the A-League,” Aloisi mentioned.
“If he stays right here, I’m positive that he’ll .. set a brand new excessive (for objectives scored) that nobody can ever break.
“That is perhaps the way in which he’s it. It’s onerous to say what another person’s objectives are, however he’s positively proven what he’s able to doing and he’s proven it for quite a few years now, not simply this season.”
Maclaren, who has greater than a yr to run on his profitable Metropolis deal, appears in no rush to return to an abroad membership, regardless of not completely ruling it out.
“I’m conscious that in (the) January (switch window) persons are all the time going to say that there are rumours and that there’s curiosity (from different golf equipment), but when it doesn’t swimsuit myself, or it doesn’t swimsuit Melbourne Metropolis, then you definately’ll see me within the gentle blue shirt for various years,” the Socceroos attacker mentioned.
“I’m not likely fascinated by leaving this membership within the brief time period. I’ve acquired this season and subsequent season to fret about; my head is simply down within the brief time period.
“I’m fascinated by (Saturday) night time, going on the market and making an attempt to get the three factors in opposition to a resurgent Western United, whose former boss of mine, John Aloisi, will all the time attempt to cease me, which he’s performed nicely on a few events.”
Aloisi mentioned United’s defence wanted to be “switched on for each second” of Saturday night time’s match to nullify Maclaren.
“Even whenever you really feel that he’s not concerned, he’s shifting. He’s all the time on the transfer, he’s all the time seeking to see the place he can obtain the ball to attain objectives – he’s an awesome striker,” the United coach mentioned.
“I used to be fortunate sufficient to educate him, so I do know him rather well as a participant, and as an individual, and I liked working with him and it’s all the time troublesome to educate in opposition to him, consider me. He’s a kind of gamers who don’t give the centre-backs a relaxation.
“The principle message for our centre-backs is simply to be alive the entire time as a result of ‘Macca’ is there, (and) he’s able to pounce.
“If we are able to do this, then hopefully we are able to shut him out, but it surely’s by no means straightforward in opposition to him.”