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Which young Australians could make the transition from A-League to Premier League?

Reading have already been linked with one of them while the other two have been compared to current Fulham and Everton players. So could either of these three nominations cut it in the Premier League?

The Premier League has been blessed with an array of talent from Down Under over the years with the likes of Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka and Lucas Neill all plying their trade in the UK for large parts of their careers.

But who are the Australian players of today who could swap the A-League for the Premier League?

Tomas Rogic (20) - Central Coast Mariners/Reading

This young man already appears to have cemented himself a move to a Premier League outfit with Reading in advanced negotiations to bring him to the UK. As an 18-year-old he was declared as one of the eight best young players in the world as he earned a place at the Nike Football Academy. A former Australian futsal international he signed for Central Coast Mariners in January last year and became an integral member of the first team squad.

At just turned 20-years-old he now has four caps for the Socceroos and is considered the best talent in Australian football.

Matthew Ryan (20) - Central Coast Mariners

Australia has given the Premier League some of its most charismatic and skilled goalkeepers in the past such as Mark Bosnich and current Fulham stopper Mark Schwarzer. Now the man dubbed the ‘next Schwarzer’ should be a genuine consideration for Premier League clubs. Matthew Ryan is just 20-years-old but already has two senior Australia caps to his name and was named the A-League Goalkeeper of the Year last season. He was once prone to make the odd error but that sort of indecision has left his game

Highlighted as one of the top footballers to watch in 2013 he had a trial spell at Tottenham Hotspur in the summer and it seems only a matter of time before this talent is playing in the UK.

Aziz Behich (22) - Melbourne Heart

Another player who has eradicated the individual errors from his game Aziz Behich was originally considered a transfer target for lowly Eredivisie clubs but is now earning the attention of teams from higher echelons.

Something of a Leighton Baines character he has played chiefly as a left-winger for Melbourne Heart but can also play at full-back. He was named in the A-League team of the season last year on the left wing and made his international debut in November 2012. He has since gone on to play five times for the Socceroos and scored twice against Chinese Taipei in his last international outing.

Could any of these players make it in England?

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