Australia manager Holger Osieck was quick to play down the emergence of Robbie Kruse on the international scene.
The speedy 24-year old forward shone on the right wing for the Socceroos in their 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Jordan in Melbourne on Tuesday night, providing the assist for Mark Bresciano’s 15th-minute opener, before netting a sublime goal with just under 15 minutes remaining.
Kruse, who is set to join Bayer Leverkusen from Fortuna Dusseldorf, received a number of plaudits from the Aussie media but his German boss Osieck was remaining realistic about his performance.
''You probably saw me talking to him at the sideline," said Osieck after the game. "There were some elements of his game that I didn't like.
"He knows how I assess his performance. I don't want to go into details, but a game is not just running forwards.
"I mean it’s not (all) Robbie – I personally saw a great performance from Mark Milligan in midfield.”