McMenemy: Younghusband-Patiño a deadly combo; Schrock brings energy to Azkals

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(CNN Philippines) —  After a prolonged period of absence from national team duty, Stephan Schrock and Javier Patiño are back with the Azkals.

The pair are set to don the national team colors once again when the Azkals open their World Cup Qualifying campaign against Bahrain on June 11 at the Philippine Sports Stadium.

Former Azkals coach Simon McMenemy, in an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines, says that he doesn't doubt the talent that Schröck and Patiño possess.

"These two players are good at any level," said McMenemy.

A deadly partnership

Javier Patiño has been absent from national team duty due to injuries and his transfer to China since the Azkals' defeat to Azerbaijan last March 2014.

Before his move to China's Henan Jianye F.C., Patiño had an impressive spell at Thailand's Buriram United where he won two Thai Premier League titles and one Thai FA Cup.

"Patiño has scored a lot of goals for a really good side in Thailand, and obviously got himself a good move to China, where he is still banging in goals," said McMenemy.

In China, Patiño has already scored five goals in just eight games.

"Wherever he goes, he scores goals," said McMenemy. "That's understanding how football works and putting yourself in a good position."

When Patiño suits up for the Azkals he will be partnering up with another prolific goal scorer in Phil Younghusband, and will be taking some of the attention from the opposing defenders as well.

"Taking the goal scoring pressure away from Phil and having someone there who we know is a proven goal scorer, and having him and Phil up front that's quite a deadly combination at any level of football," said McMenemy.

"Phil's played at a high level, Patino's played at a high level. That's quite a formidable partnership up top."

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The versatile spark plug

"I think Schrock brings a lot of energy," said McMenemy.

The Filipino-German returns to the Philippine side after resolving his row with current head coach Thomas Dooley.

Schrock plays both as a wide midfielder and as a fullback for SpVgg Greuther Fürth, but has also featured up front for the Azkals in the past.

"The interesting thing is going to be where Schrock is going to be played," said McMenemy. "He's a fullback or a wide midfielder for his club team, so if he's played in midfield or up front, as we've seen in the Challenge Cup previously, it will be interesting to see his effect on the game."

If he plays at the position as he does at club level, McMenemy has no doubt that Schrock would adapt to whatever system Dooley utilizes.

"When you train day in and day out for a certain position at that level, it's quite easy to fit into a formation," said McMenemy.

With the talent brought in for the World Cup Qualifiers, McMenemy believes that we might be able to see Schrock at his favored position.

"We might see him playing back in his normal position now and not having to take on the mantle of being a supply to Phil or the guy who creates goals," said McMenemy.

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