Curtis Good had a terrific debut for Australia last week in London against Ecuador, and he’s now likely to be included in Australia’s World Cup squad as Australia try to blood some of their best young players this summer in Brazil.
Curtis Good – had excellent debut for Australia
And Australia manager Ange Postecoglou has this to say last week, after Good’s debut for Australia in the 4-3 loss to Ecuador:
“I thought Curtis was excellent,” “He’s one of the ones we wanted to expose at the highest level. and he was fantastic.”
“He’s only 20 years old, he’s only played a handful of senior games, let alone internationals, but you can’t tell me he’s not going to learn by playing against the likes of the players who played tonight.”
Good was taken off after 67 minutes with an abductor (hip) injury, and unfortunately for Dundee United he;s out for between four and six weeks.
Curtis has been playing well up in Scotland, as he gets much-needed first team experience, and he seems to be improving quickly.
Good has talked about his debut on the Newcastle web-site today:
“It was my first call-up so it was pretty exciting when the call came,” “I had to come off with an innocuous sort of injury and we ended up losing 4-3, so there were highs and lows.”
“It was unfortunate circumstances with the injury, but overall it was exciting and it’s just good to get your first cap out of the way because I was quite nervous before the game..”
“At least I’m in the mix now but obviously I need to get this sorted if I want to have a chance of going to the World Cup.” “So fingers crossed it’s not too long and hopefully I’ll get another call-up.”
“I’ve loved it at Dundee United to be honest. I went up there and we got a good run of results, which was good.” “Confidence was high so it was a good environment to be at, so I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and hopefully I’ll be back up there soon.”
“It’s a very decent standard – I was surprised actually because I’d never really watched it except Celtic and Rangers. But I’m very impressed with the standard and there are some really good young players there.”
Good turns 21 in 11 days time, and he should be playing first team football (somewhere), so he can get the experience that will allow his game to develop.
And that happened last season when he played 9 times for Bradford City on loan, and he made his Newcastle debut at Morecambe in the League Cup, and he’s played five games for Dundee United so far.
After pre-season starting this July, if Curtis will not be getting many first team games on Tyneside, it would be good to loan him out again through January, and then see how much further he’s developed at that time.
This lad could well make it at Newcastle – we hope so – because he’s that good.
Excuse the pun – I just couldn’t resist it.
Comments very welcome.