From Ryan to Troisi: Five Australia stars destined for the Premier League

With the Asian Cup set to commence in Australia, Jack Beresford picks out five Socceroos players with the potential to shine in the English top flight.

1. Mathew Ryan

Australia's current number one, Ryan was given the nod ahead of Mitchell Langerak for the Socceroos at the 2014 World Cup after impressing with Club Brugge where he was named Belgium Pro League Goalkeeper of the Year Award during the 2013-14 campaign.

Just 22, he shone for Ange Postecoglou's team in Brazil and could yet head to the Premier League having previously completed a trial at Tottenham while Hull City are also thought to be keeping a close eye on the goalkeeper.

2. Massimo Luongo

The only one of the five Australian stars picked out to currently be playing in England, Luongo started out at Tottenham after impressing during a trial but moved on having failed to make a single appearance in the Premier League.

Now at Swindon Town, the 22-year-old midfielder looks on course to earn a chance in the top flight. “I think he can go as far as he wants. He can run, he can play, he can tackle, he can head, he can score, so he's got everything," Swindon's manager Mark Cooper said. "When I watch midfield players he can certainly compete with the ones in the Premier League."

3. James Troisi

On the books of Newcastle United as a youngster, Troisi has enjoyed something of a nomadic career with spells in Turkey, Italy, Australia and Belgium to date. The 26-year-old looked to be on the verge of big things after Juventus signed the player from Kayserispor.

However a frustrating spell at Atalanta, who bought half of the midfielder's registration rights, followed before Troisi ultimately rebuilt his reputation at Zulte Waregem. A YouTube hit after scoring one goal from 45-yards out, the Australian hasn't ruled out a return to England. "To be honest I’m open to almost anything," he said 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."

4. Tommy Oar

Tipped to follow in the footsteps of Harry Kewell with a move to the Premier League, attacking midfielder/winger Oar plays for Dutch side FC Utrecht at present, and has made over 100 appearances for the Eredivisie side to date, earning plaudits for his crossing and passing abilities.

Still something of a diamond in the rough, the 23-year-old needs to kick on at the Asian Cup after a series of underwhelming displays against Chile, Holland and Spain at the World Cup with the occasion evidently getting to the attacker, though he offers huge potential for the future.

Speaking to BeNeFoot last February, Oar said: "Everybody aspires to playing in one of the best leagues in the world be it Spain, England or Germany, and I’m no different."

Trent Sainsbury

Another Australian youngster plying his trade in Holland, central defender Sainsbury has impressed with Eredivisie side PEC Zwolle this term, having moved to the club from Central Coast Mariners back in January of last year.

An excellent passer of the ball and tough in the tackle, the 23-year-old is developing at the Dutch club and could yet earn a move to the Premier League, having previously come close to signing for Championship outfit Bolton after catching the eye of then-Trotters boss Dougie Freedman.

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