Australia international Ajdin Hrustic has joined Eintracht Frankfurt after scoring six goals in 75 games in the green and white of Dutch side FC Groningen. - © via www.imago-images.de/imago images/Pro Shots
Australia international Ajdin Hrustic has joined Eintracht Frankfurt after scoring six goals in 75 games in the green and white of Dutch side FC Groningen. - © via www.imago-images.de/imago images/Pro Shots
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Ajdin Hrustic: 5 things on Eintracht Frankfurt's new Aussie winger

Eintracht Frankfurt have boosted their attacking options by snapping up Australia winger Ajdin Hrustic from Dutch club FC Groningen - the home of a certain Arjen Robben.

bundesliga.com presents five facts on the 24-year-old, who joins Hertha Berlin player Mathew Leckie as the second Socceroo plying his trade in the German top flight this season.

1) A champion alongside Sane

Hrustic is already a proven winner in Germany, having lifted the U17 title in the North Rhine-Westphalia region with Schalke back in 2013. He had joined the Royal Blues' renowned Knappenschmiede academy after spells with Nottingham Forest in England and Austria Vienna in Austria. He played both for their U17 and U19 selections - alongside his friend and current Bayern Munich winger Leroy Sane - prior to his move to FC Groningen 12 months later. That was the same year, 2014, that future Eintracht teammate Filip Kostic moved from the Dutch club to VfB Stuttgart.

Bayern Munich winger Leroy Sane is a former Schalke youth team colleague of new Eintracht Frankfurt attacker Ajdin Hrustic. - Frank Hoermann/SVEN SIMON via www.imago-images.de/imago images/Sven Simon

2) Growing in Groningen

Hrustic left for the Netherlands on youth terms in 2014, but it did not take him long to rise from Groningen’s U19s to the senior squad. He made his debut at the age of 20, and scored his first goal in the Dutch Eredivisie just a few weeks later. He got more of the action in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons and was a regular last term, scoring three goals and getting as many assists. A regular set-piece taker, he missed just one of their 26 games prior to the league's premature termination due to Covid-19.

3) Robbing from Robben

Groningen produced arguably one of the greatest wingers the game has ever seen in former Bayern Munich wizard Robben, and Hrustic has had the fortune of learning from the best over the past few months. Although the Melbourne native is a shade taller than Robben, the pair have quite a lot in common. Both are left footed, both prefer to play on the right wing, and both like nothing more than to cut inside and shoot with their favoured foot. Hrustic may already have been modelling his game on the Dutch great before Robben came out of retirement in June and rejoined his local club - to show Hrustic just how the role should be interpreted.

Watch: Can Hrustic emulate Robben's best Bundesliga goals? 

4) Bosnian bid

With a father from Bosnia and Herzegovina and a mother from Romania, Hrustic had a choice of three countries to represent. Before earning his first cap for Australia, the versatile attacking midfielder is reported to have been attracting attention from Bosnia for a call-up to their youth selection. He was already well known to Ange Postecoglou, however, the man who gave him his first cap for the Socceroos. "Ajdin's been on our radar for a while," he said. "I've known him for quite a long time - I think I coached him as an 11 or 12-year-old."

5) Aussie introduction

Hrustic earned his first call-up to the Australia senior squad for their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia in June 2017, and he earned his first cap a few days later in a friendly defeat to Brazil. Few back home knew much about the then 20-year-old who had emigrated to Europe when he was 14, so he presented himself at a Socceroos press conference with the following words: "I'm an attacking player. I take risks in the opponents' half. I tend to look forward all the time. I think it can bring a little something to the squad - a little bit extra."

That forward-looking mentality helped him provide three assists in his first three appearances for his country, and could well make the new Eagles number seven - who signed a three-year contract - a firm fan favourite in Frankfurt.