December 14, 2017

Player Profile: Hertha Berlin’s Mathew Leckie

 Hertha Berlin’s Mathew Leckie has been on good form so far this season despite playing only eight games for Hertha in the Bundesliga. He’s scored four goals in Germany’s top flight this season as well as scoring one goal in the UEFA Europa League. The Australian winger had a great opening few games but suffered an injury early on which ruled him out for 21 days, missing two match days. Let’s take a look at how the Australian’s career has progressed over the years.

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Profile

Full Name: Mathew Allan Leckie
Date of Birth: 4th February 1991 (26 years old)
Born: Melbourne, Australia
Height: 1.81m
Position: Attacking mid/ winger

Bulleen Lions

After plans to play Aussie rules football, Leckie started off his football career with Victorian State League Division 1 outfit Bulleen Lions. He played with the semi-pro club until September 2009. He later signed for Australian A League team Adelaide United.

Adelaide United

Leckie went onto make his debut for Adelaide United on September 2009 coming on as a sub against Melbourne Victory. He made his AFC Champions League debut in February 2010 against the reigning champions Pohang Steelers. He scored the winning goal in that game. He had a great start to the 2010/11 season scoring two goals in his first five games. He ended up banging in five goals that season in 15 appearances. At the end of the season he was snapped up by Bundesliga team Borussia Mönchengladbach.

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Borussia Mönchengladbach

Mathew Leckie scored his first goal for the Foals scoring a brace against Aberdeen in a 5-2 win during the pre-season of 2011. He didn’t have a good debut season in the Bundesliga, scoring no goals in nine appearances, totaling 117 minutes.. He also played two DFB Pokal games but failed to score in them as well. Although it seems like forever ago, that Gladbach team did not lack in attacking talent, featuring the likes of Marco Reus (scoring 18 goals in 2011\12) and Juan Arango as wingers, with the talented Patrick Herrmann waiting in the wings. As a result Leckie, who mostly played for Gladbach’s reserves was sent out on loan to FSV Frankfurt, who competed in 2.Bundesliga, on a one year deal.

FSV Frankfurt

During the 2012/13 season he made 28 appearances for FSV Frankfurt in the Germany’s second division, scoring four times. He then made his loan deal  permanent in June of 2013. Mathew said in an interview that the deal would maximise his personal development and also stated he wanted to build on the successes of his first season. He had a positive second season at FSV Frankfurt, featuring in 31 matches in 2.Bundesliga and converted 10 goals. He also played four games in the DFB Pokal and scored three goals.

FC Ingolstadt 04

In May 2014  Leckie penned a 3 year contract with FC Ingolstadt. While playing for them, he helped Die Schanzer achieve promotion to the promised land~ the Bundesliga, In his debut season at Ingolstadt he played 32 games and scored seven. That season was the last time he played in 2.Bundesliga. He spent a further two seasons with Ingolstadt in the first division, but only scored three times in 62 fixtures.

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On the first day of the summer 2017 transfer window,  the Socceroo left Ingolstadt to sign for Hertha BSC on a three million euro transfer fee.  He started his spell at Hertha positively playing in many pre-season games . He first contributed competitively to the club assisting two in the first round of the DFB Pokal against Hansa Rostock. He played right wing in his Bundesliga debut for Hertha BSC scoring a brace against newly promoted VfB Stuttgart in a 2-0 victory. He scored his first European goal in a disappointing 3-2 loss away to Athletic Bilbao in the 2017/18 Europa League.
So far this season he has scored five goals in 12 appearances for Hertha despite picking up an injury which ruled him out for three weeks.

Style

Mathew Leckie is the type of player that defenders target. He always gets fouled because of his pace and dribbling skills. He likes to play short passes and lay off fellow teammates to shoot at goal. In other words he likes to try to assist people. As well of those he sometimes commits stupid, pointless fouls, although he has only received one yellow card this season, and his finishing needs to improve.  Nevertheless, he is the highest rated player by whoscored.com on Pal Dardai’s squad. Some of his strengths are dribbling, of course, and he is very strong at heading and winning balls in the air. He helps back when his team are in the brink of conceding goals, averaging over a tackle and clearance per match,
Leckie, who has represented Australia on 48 occasions,  is a very good player with lots of potential, and it appears that he’s in a good environment at Hertha.   With fellow newcomer Davie Selke having an impact now after missing the early season with injury, Hertha are looking much more potent offensively and Leckie’s numbers should improve heading into Australia’s 2018 Word Cup adventure.
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