Aaron Mooy will be hoping for a tasty double at the expense of the North-East as Huddersfield Town aim to continue their bright start to the Championship campaign against Newcastle United.
While David Wagner’s side aim to upset the odds at what promises to be a bouncing St James’ Park, the on-loan midfielder’s parent club Manchester City begin their Premier League campaign at home to Newcastle’s neighbours and arch-rivals Sunderland.
The respective kick-off times of 3.00 and 5.30 mean the Australian international can devote his full attention to Town, then check up on City, who signed him on a three-year contract from Melbourne City before sending him across the Pennines.
Mooy has played the full 90 minutes of both Town’s games so far, and while disappointed by Tuesday’s early English Football League Cup exit at Shrewsbury Town, was pleased by the 2-1 home win over Brentford in the Championship opener.
“It was a great atmosphere against Brentford,” he said of a match which attracted an 18,479 crowd. “I really enjoyed the day and we got a win, so it was perfect.
“It was a tough one, but we dominated for large parts of it. I think we could have been more ruthless and obviously it was disappointing when they equalised.
“However it was a great reaction from the lads and showed we will keep going in games. The boss has given us that don’t-give-up attitude and that is what all good sides have.”
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Mooy, who made the EFL Team of the Week for his display in Town’s 4-2-3-1 system, says he has settled well.
“The boss has made it clear he wants me to play as one of the two holding midfielders. I can and have played higher up but I am in that deeper role.
“I am new to the competition, so I don’t fully know what the other teams are like, but there are a lot of talented players at this club.
“It was a good start against Brentford, but it was only a start and we have to learn from Shrewsbury and improve as the month goes on.”
It’s a second stint in England for the Sydneysider, who came through the ranks at Bolton Wanderers and had a stint in Scotland with St Mirren before moving back to Australia.
He signed for West Sydney Wanderers in 2012, but it was his bright A-League performances for Manchester City’s sister club Melbourne that earned him his move to the Etihad Stadium.
Mooy knew a loan move was going to happen and is happy to have ended up in Huddersfield.
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“I feel very comfortable, because all my teammates and the staff have made me feel welcome and a part of things,” he explained.
“My family are here now as well so everything is good at the minute.”
Mooy, a nine-out-of-10 performer in winning the Examiner man of the match award against Brentford and also our selection at Shrewsbury, was among four Championship players in the EFL team for round one.
The other’s were Norwich City’s Wes Hoolihan, Ipswich Town’s Grant Ward and Britt Assombalonga of Nottingham Forest.