Emile Heskey is loving his Australian adventure

Emile Heskey Newcastle Jets

The former Aston Villa and Liverpool striker is certainly enjoying life Down Under, and there isn't a jungle in sight.

As the current England roadshow roars into Stockholm for the upcoming international match against Sweden, I would like to pay homage to one former England international now plying his trade in Australia.

Emile Heskey was never a fan favourite for England, but 1000s of miles south of Sweden, the inconsistent ex-international striker is having something of an end of career resurgence.

But why am I bringing up him now? Well, surprisingly Heskey, who incredibly amassed 67 England caps but only 7 goals, is quickly earning the tag of “goal machine” for his new club.

For a man whose name became synonymous with missing sitters, Heskey appears to have unearthed a prolific goalscoring touch under the Aussie golden sun.

For those of you who are not fans of the Hyundai A-League, which is Australia’s version of the Premier League, Emile Heskey plays for the New South Wales based Newcastle Jets.

His current record is a staggering 5 goals from only 6 games, a stat that is bound to shock a few Liverpool, Wigan and Birmingham City fans, especially considering he only scored 38 goals in the last 8 years in England.

Those eagle-eyed Australian football aficionados amongst us know that his current goal return betters that of superstar Italian striker Alessandro Del Piero, whose Sydney FC side have tasted defeat against Newcastle Jets and the rejuvenated Emile Heskey.

Since that game, where he scored his first goal for the club in a thrilling 3-2 victory, Heskey has grown in confidence and it definitely looks as though the move down under was the right choice for him and his shooting boots.

So what is the purpose of this article? Well in an era of players dragging the game into a quagmire, it is refreshing to see one of the nice guys of football finally getting some of the spotlight.

His recent winning goal against Western Sydney Wanderers led to him receiving plenty of plaudits, with the national and local media praising his attitude and work ethic.

This is in stark contrast to the UK’s media articles on him, who turned him into a something of a comedy caricature figure.

When he first appeared on the scene in 1994-1995, he looked like he had all the attributes to make it as a top class marksman. But unfortunately he never lived up to his early potential, which was a great shame in my eyes.

But thankfully those dark non-goalscoring days in the Premier League are now behind him, as the fans at the Parramatta Stadium in New South Wales have embraced their striking sensation from Leicester.

Just like an unsuccessful city banker receiving a sack full of pound notes from Santa Claus, the former goal-shy Emile Heskey is enjoying his own windfall this winter.

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