Nikola Mileusnic a rare highlight for Adelaide

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In the hustle and bustle of an A-League season, it’s always exciting when a club finds a new, young player who appears to have longevity in the league.

And when the season is going as badly as Adelaide United’s, it’s even more exciting.

Nikola Mileusnic, the 23-year-old winger who made his debut against Brisbane Roar in round six of this season, currently fits that bill for the Reds.

With pace and creativity on his side his performances on the left and right wings have been something of an oasis in the barren desert that is the Adelaide United 2016/2017 season.

Speaking exclusively to The Football Sack, Mileusnic said that he has been pleased with his development as a player this season but like the rest of the club has room for improvement.

“I feel like things aren’t going too badly, I mean there is still a lot of I can improve on, but at the moment I’m happy getting some minutes and I’m trying to polish my final product,” Mileusnic said.

“I hope that I can play a full 90 minutes soon, that’s always something you work towards, but this is a tough team to crack into,” he said.

Mileusnic has also received the praise of his coach Guillermo Amor, who has said that he enjoys the winger’s ability to dominate his wing and praised his performance against Melbourne Victory last Saturday.

“I think that Nikola has played well, he’s fast, he’s a young player… and when you arrive in the A-League you need more games and more minutes to build confidence,” the embattled coach said.

Mileusnic is fast becoming a key to trying to turn Adelaide United’s form around, and as the season deepens he is finding himself in the starting 11 on a more regular basis. For him,though, this experience is as much about education.

“I am loving this experience, I am always learning from the older boys and learning from the coach.”

“It’s great to have [senior players] around me, I can always go to them and ask questions… and they’ll help me out happily,” he said.

Whether Adelaide’s season turns around or not is essentially out of the hands of Mileusnic – he is one young player in a midfield full of statesmen – but he is obviously one of the few highlights of his club’s season.

As he fine-tunes his game, the Reds might have found the future of their midfield in a season which the club wants to put firmly in the past.

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