Socceroos Goalie Matt Ryan Names The Toughest EPL Strikers
Imagine trying to stop the likes of Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane from scoring in the world's toughest league each week.
For Socceroos first choice goalie Matt Ryan, that's neither a dream nor a nightmare: quite simply, it's a living.
Ryan will not play for the Socceroos tonight in their friendly against Korea in Busan, which will be televised at 8.30 pm live and free on 10 Bold (check local guides).
The last remaining Aussie in the Premier League is having a well-earned break right now, before he heads back to Brighton & Hove Albion all too soon -- hopefully to do a little better than last season when "The Albion" finished 17th in the EPL, narrowly avoiding relegation.
But Ryan found the time to stop by Channel 10 and chat about a range of subjects, including the best strikers in the EPL.
He wouldn't list his dreaded foes in order -- that's probably not the smartest thing to when you're a goalie. But he did reel four names quickly off the top of his head which offered a pretty good insight into who he rates highest.
"There's a lot of quality," Ryan told 10 News First reporter Bence Hamerli.
"I like to treat every striker with respect whether it's Sergio Aguero [Manchester City], Harry Kane [Tottenham Hotspur], Romelu Lukaku [Manchester United] or Charlie Austin [Southampton], I'm always wanting to stop everyone.
"I've got a great deal of respect for everyone in the league, and fingers crossed, next year I can go out there and improve on my statistics the previous two years and stop them more than they're getting past me."
Ryan has completed two years at Brighton and says he's loving the challenges of the Premier League. He's also enjoying life at the little club on England's southern coastline.
"It feels like family. Ever since I joined the club I've felt at home there. I'm very happy there. I have three years running on my contract and they gave me the opportunity to fulfil my dream of playing the Premier League.
They're very welcoming and it's a great environment to be part of. They've got great facilities as a club and above all, great people working at the club.
"I'm just loving my life there, representing the area and the club and hopefully I can contribute to the club's success. Hopefully we can get them up there qualifying for Europe, I'd love to be a part of that."
To do that, The Albion would have to improve about 10 places on the EPL ladder. But who knows? After the Leicester City miracle of 2016, anything is possible.
The Socceroos play Korea on Friday night in Busan, televised at 8.30 pm live and free on 10 Bold (check local guides).