USA manager Juergen Klinsmann and striker Jozy Altidore have both praised young gun Aron Johannsson.
The 23-year old AZ Alkmaar forward made an impressive 30-minute cameo in Friday‚Äôs scoreless draw with Scotland, spending most of that time play up front alongside Sunderland‚Äôs Altidore.
After the match, Klinsmann suggested that the pair could now lead the attacking line together from the start of the match, indicating that it could happen against Austria in Vienna on Tuesday.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs something we‚Äôve been working on. Even from the beginning, when we‚Äôve been bringing him on as a sub,‚ÄĚ said Klinsmann.
‚ÄúAron is fresh to our team and is getting comfortable in the group. I think everyone sees the qualities that he has. So it‚Äôs good to see that process of development. Now if we want to field him with Jozy from the start we can. He has the confidence to carry out that role if we ask him to.‚ÄĚ
Altidore also felt he could link up well with Johannsson who has been in fine form in Holland with 14 goals in all competitions for Alkmaar so far this season.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve told people for two years now about his quality,‚ÄĚ Altidore told reporters. ‚ÄúYou can see from his touch that he‚Äôs so comfortable in tight areas.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know what position he plays, because he can play up front and in the hole as well. He‚Äôs such a clever player and creates for others and himself. The game opened up when he came on."
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