Former Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayouncould be one of the names playing in the Australian A-League if reports are to be believed.
The player, along with two other popular European names, have expressed their interest in playing for an Australian league club in the near future. The A-League is an attractive prospect for footballers at the final few years of their careers. It also represents a great option for those who are unable to secure moves to the MLS or the Middle East. The A-League recently expressed the need to sign popular names in order to boost the profile of the league.
Compared with the upcoming leagues like the MLS, the A-League spends significantly less on ageing former players. This means that the likes of Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba, and many other popular Premier League stars chose to go for MLS clubs or the Indian Super League. The A-League could have been an attractive proposition for players like Malouda as well.Benayoun, though, remains keen on this aspect according to the player’s agent.Benayoun is a well-known face for Premier League fans after having represented Liverpool from 2007 to 2010. He then moved to Chelsea where he played for a couple of years as a high-profile substitute.
However, his best time in the English league game while playing for West Ham when he helped the club stay up in the division against all odds. “The A League and Australia is a very attractive offer to many coaches and players, the lifestyle is very appealing, we hope to be able to help grow the game in an emerging market as well for the good of all football,” said Spanish agent Gustavo Crnko. Apart from the Israeli star, who currently plays for Maccabi Haifa, he also represents the likes of John Utaka and David Navarro.