Marco Rojas (L) of the Melbourne Victory celebrates with
Archie Thompson after scoring against the Newcastle Jets at
AAMI Park in Melbourne in December. (Photo by Scott
When Marco Rojas left the Wellington Phoenix in 2011 he
always seemed destined for bigger things.
Despite getting his professional start in Wellington he moved
to one of the fashionable clubs in the A-League in the form
of the Melbourne Victory, who boasted trophies in their
cabinet, a powerful roster and a bigger fanbase.
His first year with the club was largely forgettable as the
Victory slumped to eighth-place on the ladder amid
uncertainty around their manager, a lack of cohesion and a
failed attempt by Harry Kewell to assert himself on the
But this season Ange Postecoglou has taken over as head coach
for the Victory and in 16 starts the diminutive Rojas - who
stands around 1.68m tall - has scored 10 goals and added six
assists in his breakout year.
If reports out of Melbourne are to be believed, scouts from
English club Liverpool and Italian giants Juventus will be in
the stands at AAMI Park on Saturday night to watch Rojas when
the Victory meet Sydney FC.
The Herald Sun newspaper reported today that both clubs have
tracked the All Whites winger lately, which could lead to an
offer in the January transfer window.
Rojas, who is managed by his father Rodi, previously stated
that he wanted to see out this season with the Victory, while
his dad also indicated Rojas Jr was likely to do so, but that
was before interest had been shown by such well-known
Rojas told the A-League's official website last week that he
had heard chatter about a potential move.
"I'm aware of it. I'm speaking to the people I need to speak
[with] to go through that process and when I'm ready I'll
make a decision about my future," he told the website.
"I don't know what's happening at the moment I'm still
processing that with the people close to me and we'll come to
a decision when I think I've made the right one and we'll go
Postecoglou has stressed that development is the most
important thing for Rojas this year while others have been
more lavish in their praise of the talented attacker and he
was even dubbed the 'Kiwi Messi' by pundits from across the
There's no doubt that such a comparison is hyperbole but it
shows the regard he is held in over the Ditch.
If Melbourne fielded a bid for the 21-year-old during the
transfer window they could stand to make a considerable
amount from a transfer fee.
But if he chose to see out his contract with the Victory and
leave at the end of the season the club would only get a much
less substantial training compensation, the Herald Sun
The Victory are third on the A-League ladder after 17 rounds
and Rojas' combination up front with Australian international
Archie Thompson has been one of the most productive in the
competition this season.
A move to Liverpool could see Rojas line-up against All
Whites team-mate Winston Reid, who plays for West Ham United,
while a move to Italian champions Juventus would make him the
first Kiwi to play in Serie A.
- Daniel Richardson of APNZ