Socceroos boss Graham Arnold has boldly likened left back Jordan Bos to Australian great Scott Chipperfield and hinted the Melbourne City defender’s inclusion could lead to a major tactical evolution.
Bos could make his Socceroos debut having been named in Arnold’s squad for the upcoming fixtures against Ecuador, a deserved reward on the back of a highly impressive campaign for the A-League Men’s league leaders.
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The 20-year-old has especially caught the eye for his barnstorming displays on the left flank and has one goal and three assists to his name this season.
Arnold has been keeping tabs on the Melbourne City youngster “probably for a year-and-a-half” and lauded Bos’ attacking ability as well as his strong physical build that belies his age.
“He’s a left full back that can get high, get forward and get some good crosses in the box,” Arnold said.
“He’s physically a good specimen for what we need.”
The left back position has largely been held by Aziz Behich since he made his international debut in November 2012, with the 32-year-old making 57 appearances since.
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The Dundee United man’s impressive displays at the World Cup saw him linked with a move to Turkish giants Galatasaray, although that did not eventuate.
However, Behich isn’t getting any younger and at some point Arnold must consider the heir to Behich’s throne, which Bos could very well take over in the not-too-distant future.
For Arnold, the allure of Bos is the tactical flexibility it allows him and, if his comparison of Bos to Socceroos great Chipperfield rings true, the 20-year-old could prove to be a mainstay in the famous green and gold shirt.
“He’s a completely different player to Aziz Behich as a left fullback,” Arnold said.
“I don’t think I’ve seen one like this one since Scott Chipperfield. I hate to put a name on it, but he’s a very, very similar player to Scotty.
“He gives you that extra way that we can play, that maybe we don’t need to play with an inverted full back now.
“We can play with a fullback that can be high and wide and give us something different.
“During a game, for example, if we are playing with that inverted fullback, we can change our style and change our way with one substitution.
“That’s what he brings to us now.”