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Could forgotten Newcastle player earn Premier League return after Asian Cup?

One-time Newcastle United academy star James Troisi has been in fine form for Zulte Waregem and is out to impress for Australia this month.

With spells in England, Turkey, Italy, his native Australia and Belgium to his name, midfielder and sometime striker James Troisi has already enjoyed something of a nomadic career, but the 26-year-old could yet be in line for a shot at the big time if he impresses at this month’s Asian Cup.

Currently plying his trade for Zulte Waregem in the Belgian Pro League, Troisi has already become a YouTube sensation for his European exploits after scoring a sensational 45-yard lob for his new club.

It’s just deserts for a player who has been on the verge of greatness for so long, tipped as one for the future for some time but recently in danger of failing to fulfill his potential – until now.

On the books of Newcastle United as a youngster, Troisi failed to make a Premier League appearance for the Magpies before moving on to Turkey where fine spells with Genclerbirligi and Kayserispor convinced Italian giants Juventus to sign the Aussie star.

It was far from straightforward, though, with half of the attacking midfielder’s registrations sold to Atalanta in a deal that saw Troisi play just six games for La Dea and none for the Old Lady of Turin before moving back to the A-League on loan and eventually Zulte on a permanent basis.

Now back playing regularly, the Socceroos star is showing just why the likes of Newcastle and Juventus were previously so enamoured by his ability.

And should his Belgian league form translate into an excellent showing at the Asian Cup, where Troisi will play an important role for the hosts, then another crack at the Premier League could yet be on the cards.

The player has certainly never ruled out a return, stating in one interview: "The most important thing is to play and keep playing at a high level and the Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world."

At 26 the midfielder is fast approaching his peak years and with the silly season that is the January transfer window well and truly open, it would not be a shock to see Troisi trading Zulte for a chance at thriving in the English top-flight, where his career began.

Who knows? Maybe the Adelaide-born star could one day make a reappearance at St James’ Park, although whether it’s for the hosts remains to be seen.

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