Your A-League club’s rising star

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Whether it be for their pace, trickery or technical skills, each A-League club has that one player above the rest who is a rising star.

This A-League season has already shown us a glimpse of the future with a lot of youth players making their senior debuts.

Do not be surprised if you see these players have big careers in the A-League or overseas and go on to represent Australia or their respective countries in the next few years.

Al Hassan Toure (Adelaide United)

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Making an instant impact on his senior debut in the FFA Cup, 19-year-old Toure has risen in the ranks to become arguably one of the hottest prospects in the A-League this season.

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Catching the eye of Adelaide’s coach, Gertjan Verbeek, while playing in the Reds youth team where he could not stop scoring, he was entrusted to lead the line during United’s successful FFA Cup run. He capped his final performance off by winning the Mark Viduka Medal for best on field.

The rising star’s international future remains up in the air as the Liberian FA and the FFA battle to have him represent their desired countries. Who ever he decides to play for will be very lucky.

Izaack Powell (Brisbane Roar)

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Having already amassed six A-League appearances for the Roar and appeared for the Joeys in the FIFA U17 World Cup, 17-year-old Powell is enjoying a monumental rise to the top.

He was apart of the Roar youth team that won the Y-League Grand Final in 2019.

His success in the youth squad earned him a call up to the senior side where he made his debut against Sydney FC, becoming the youngest ever player for Brisbane at just 16 years and 11 months.

Stringing together good performances in the A-League, Powell was rewarded with a scholarship contract for the current season.

Samuel Silvera (Central Coast Mariners)

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Another stand out player from the FFA Cup, 19-year-old Silvera has quickly become a fan favourite at the Central Coast.

Coming from youth level at Western Sydney Wanderers, Silvera joined the Mariners on a scholarship contract before upgrading to a senior contract just a few months after.

Silvera made his A-League starting debut for the Mariners against Perth Glory where he scored off an impressive solo effort to grab his side the three points.

Connor Metcalfe (Melbourne City)

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A player that has risen through City’s youth system, Metcalfe has some serious potential.

The 20-year-old midfielder has been in City’s senior roster since July 2017 and has just started being picked as a first team regular under Erick Mombaerts.

To top his impressive start to the season off, Metcalfe scored his first senior goal in City’s 3-2 win over Wellington Phoenix and claimed an assist in a win over the Mariners a week after.

He has also represented Australia at junior levels and is looking likely to be apart of the upcoming Olyroos camp.

Anthony Lesiotis (Melbourne Victory)

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Another player to come through the City youth system, Lesiotis was quickly snatched up by cross-town rivals Melbourne Victory in January as the youngster searched for more first team football.

Unable to get playing time at City it looks like 19-year-old made no mistake, as he has already secured a number of games for Victory in both the A-League and AFC Champions League, albeit off the bench.

Angus Thurgate (Newcastle Jets)

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One of the youngest members of the Jets squad, Thurgate is easily a one to watch in the A-League.

Having represented Australia at U19 level and impressed with the Jets NPL side, the 19-year-old midfielder earned a place in the first team.

In the space of six months, Thurgate went from a scholarship contract to a full-time contract with the Jets as the Newcastle side wanted to keep hold of his talents.

Kristian Popovic (Perth Glory)

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The son of Glory coach Tony Popovic, Kristian Popovic has some big shoes to fill if he wants to follow in his father’s footsteps.

The 18-year-old midfielder put in great performances for Glory’s academy side in the NPL which got him a place in the first team.

He made his A-League debut last season and has been a regular on the bench during the current campaign.

He would repay the faith showed by his father, scoring the equaliser and his first professional goal in Perth’s 1-1 with Western United.

Ryan Teague (Sydney FC)

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One of the most promising midfield talents in the A-League, Joeys’ captain Teague looks to be the next big thing to come out of Sydney’s youth ranks.

He has not featured in the squad so far this season but his ability has not gone unnoticed with the Sky Blues fending off interest from the Mariners during the off season.

Teague featured in the U17 World Cup where he captained the green and gold into the round of 16 before they were eliminated by France.

Ben Waine (Wellington Phoenix)

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It has been a great year for 18-year-old forward Ben Waine. Coming through the Wellington Phoenix reserves in the ISPS Handa Premiership where he netted a team-high eight goals to earn him a place in the first team.

He went on to finish the 2018/19 season in the Phoenix A-League squad and his performances impressed as he was rewarded with a scholarship contract, and later a full-time contract.

Waine has been a good impact player off the bench and will be learning from the highly experienced Gary Hooper. The striker grabbed his first professional goal in Wellington’s 3-2 defeat to City.

He has also appeared for New Zealand’s youth levels and was apart of the ‘Oly-Whites’ squad that qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Fabian Monge (Western Sydney Wanderers)

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One of the many prospects to come out of the Wanderer’s academy, Monge has impressed many at the Red and Black as he has climbed up the pecking order.

Having been apart of both Y-League grand final’s with the club, winning one and losing the other, as well as being named the leagues Player of the Season for 2019 at the Dolan Warren Awards, the 18-year-old was gifted with a two-year scholarship contract.

He went on to make his professional debut in their FFA Cup quarter-final defeat to City. Monge has also represented Australia at various youth levels with the most recent being at U20 level.

Sebastian Pasquali (Western United)

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Stringing together impressive performances at both youth level and senior football, Pasquali quickly made a name for himself and before you knew it, he was off to Ajax.

The now 20-year-old spent two and a half years with the reserve side and would find himself in and out of the starting team during the 2017/18 and early 2018/19 seasons.

Wanting more game time, Pasquali decided to come back to Australia when new club United came calling this season.

Feature image credit: Adelaide United

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