Andrew Hoole’s Sydney FC debut came on Saturday night against Tottenham Hotspur. Tonight, in front of 84,000, he faces newly crowned EPL champions Chelsea. Not a bad start to his Sky Blue career.
However, Hoole’s dream debut almost didn’t eventuate having to gain an early release from his Jets contract to link up with Sydney FC.
His deal was meant to start on June 1 but some late scrambling saw it brought forward a couple of days to allow him to face Spurs.
“It was a long process. It took a few days and lots of paperwork but I’m really glad it went through and happy to go out there and get some minutes,” Hoole explained towww.a-league.com.au.
“As a professional I finished off the season with the Jets but I was always looking forward to coming here with Sydney.”
The young attacker came off the bench in front of more than 71,500 fans against Tottenham on Saturday night and is set for more game time against EPL champions Chelsea at a sold-out ANZ Stadium tonight.
“It’s a nice welcome, obviously an easy game to start,” Hoole joked.
“I’ve only been here a week, I’ve had three sessions but I’ve really enjoyed it with Arnie [coach Graham Arnold] and the team.
“It was very difficult but was great to play against one of the best teams in the world in Tottenham. It was a good test for the team and a good test for myself to begin here.
“It gets much harder on Tuesday again with Chelsea. But we’re looking forward to the game and hopefully we can get another good result.”
Hoole was thrown in the deep end against Mauricio Pocchetino’s finely tuned Spurs, who won the contest 1-0 thanks to a thunderous Harry Kane drive in the first half.
The former Young Socceroo came on at half-time against one of the biggest clubs in the world in front of the largest crowd he has ever performed in front of.
But there were some promising signs from the 21-year-old which showed just why Arnold was so keen to sign him on a two-year deal from the Newcastle Jets.
And Hoole wants more action against the likes of Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, John Terry and Co. tonight.
“You want to play against the best teams,” he said.
“It was good to start against Tottenham and now another big game Chelsea. It gets harder but we want to test ourselves at this club.”