Each A-League club’s hottest youth prospect

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A positive for the A-League this season is the number of youth stars at each club. Which is your team’s best under 23 product?

Adelaide United – Al Hassan Toure

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The 19-year-old has made nine appearances in the league whilst scoring seven goals in all competitions.

He played a massive part in Olympic qualifiers, where he scored a quarter-final winner against Syria.

A continuation of injuries could see him replaced on this list by his 15-year-old brother Mohamad.

Brisbane Roar – Aiden O’Neill

A wealth of experience with three EPL appearances to his name. he was Central Coast’s player of the season last year with four goals from midfield.

O’Neill is suited to Robbie Fowler’s style after spending approximately five years in England’s youth system.

Central Coast Mariners – Samuel Silvera

Silvera has made 14 A-League appearances, but impressed mostly in the FFA Cup.

His electrifying skill was shown against Perth, where he scored the winner and had 40 touches on the ball.

His quick feet has ignited the Mariners when he is fit and firing.

Melbourne City – Connor Metcalfe

The midfielder has 15 league appearances, with seven of those starting and this season has two goals to his name.

One of many academy products at the club, Metcalfe is becoming increasingly important at City.

Melbourne Victory – Benjamin Carrigan

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Carrigan was Melbourne’s best player in a 3-0 loss to Sydney FC a few weeks back. Benefiting from the club’s turbulent period, he has gained five appearances in the league and major game time in the Champions League.

He has started three games in a row in 2020, highlighting his importance under interim coach Carlos Salvachua.

Newcastle Jets – John Koutroumbis 

Already a mainstay in the Newcastle side with a whopping 65 league appearances at just 21-years-old, Koutroumbis has played in a grand final and also represented Australia at youth level.

After overcoming a cancer scare a few years ago, his versatility on the field is a huge asset.

Perth Glory – Nicholas D’Agostino

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‘Daggers’ has scored three goals in four appearances this season and his raw pace along with a cluster of fixtures for Perth will mean he will score more.

Has a 42.9 per cent conversion rate and this season averages 64.7 minutes per goal.

Sydney FC – Joel King

Thrown in the deep-end through injury to Michael Zullo, King has thrived in replacing the former Socceroo.

He made his debut last season and has played both A-League and Asian Champions League matches. His wicked crossing will only improve, which will make him a more formidable fullback.

Wellington Phoenix – Liberato Cacace

Just pips Cameron Devlin on this list due to his experience in first team football, Cacace is a strong fullback with the ability to get forward and combine in attack.

‘Libby’ was nominated for Player of the Month in January, only highlighting his standards.

Western United – Dylan Pierias

Spent a few seasons at City before heading to United, Pierias is a true local product made in western Melbourne.

He seems to have the backing of Mark Rudan, something he did not have under previous coach at City Warren Joyce.

Western Sydney Wanderers – Keanu Baccus

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Still only 21 and supposedly has a price tag of just under one million, if reports are to believed.

The 2018-19 WSW Player of the Season continues to thrive, with his best league moment his thunderous strike against Melbourne Victory this season.

Feature image credit: supplied.

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Football mad, Bachelor of Journalism student at UOW. Liverpool to win the league. Covering Sydney FC in the A-League and W-League for 2019-20.

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