We as Australians enjoy watching other Australians succeed, and that is especially true when it regards football. For instance, Mark Viduka, Harry Kewell and Tim Cahill are just some of the players we have adored over the years in the Premier League. That spotlight is now on Aaron Mooy and Mat Ryan.
Aaron Mooy was the better performer of the two, while Mat Ryan was left to do his best against the wrath of a lethal Manchester City. Will indulge that Australian tradition and have a closer look at their performances?
There’s a reason why numerous Premier League clubs were after Aaron Mooy’s signature after his 2016-17 campaign with the Terriers, and he continued his strong form in his maiden Premier League appearance. Mooy made some strong challenges, looked good on the ball, and delivered when it mattered.
Mooy created three chances with two of those turning into goals. Mooy played 41 passes in the match, 18 of those forward and the same amount in the other direction. He also made three interceptions and two clearances helping out in defence as well.
What a day ! Me leaving home at 15 to chase my dream and me 11 years later making my EPL debut never give up on your dreams 🙌 pic.twitter.com/BK9nqXFovd
— Aaron Mooy (@AaronMooy) 12 August 2017
Mat Ryan had a tougher challenge lining up against a forward line that featured Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, but he managed to make two saves, one claim, and had a 53% distribution accuracy. Ryan will face the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez when Brighton meet Leicester next week where hopefully Ryan can keep his first Premier League clean sheet.