Toure becomes third youngest A-League debutant

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Adelaide United’s Mohamed Toure made his A-League debut at the age of 15, coming off the bench in the 83rd minute during his side’s 2-1 loss to Brisbane Roar.

At 15 years and 320 days old Toure is the third-youngest debutant in A-League history behind Adelaide’s Teeboy Kamara (15 years, 212 days) in 2011 and Melbourne City’s Idrus Abdulahi (15 years, 216 days).

The youngster is the brother of Adelaide and Olyroos striker Al Hassan Toure.

Toure impressed in his brief spell on a night of several debuts, coming on as Adelaide searched for an equaliser after debut A-League goals from Roar captain Tom Aldred and Mirza Muratovic had cancelled out Ben Hallorans’ opening strike.

Toure had nine touches, put two balls into the box and outmuscled a number of his senior opponents to help Adelaide launch a late resurgence to nearly bring about an equaliser.

Adelaide coach Gertjan Verbeek praised Toure’s performance in his press conference following the match

“He made a great impression; strong, speed, good eye,” Verbeek said.

“Maybe I had to bring him on earlier.”

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With Michael Marrone, George Blackwood and James Troisi all expected to return from injury, Verbeek said it would make it difficult for Toure to secure his place.

“For me, age is never a problem,” he said.

“We will see next week, hopefully, there’s some players coming back from injury…and then the numbers are different.

“It has nothing to do with what [Toure’s] shown us today, he’s shown us today that he’s talented but he’s only 15 and so he has to grow up and be ready for the A-League.”

Brisbane coach Robbie Fowler echoed Verbeek’s praise of Toure following the match.

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“I thought he was very good to be fair, he looked dangerous…he looked a handful,” he said.

“He got the ball and you felt as though something was going to happen, so good luck to him too.”

Fowler also sought to clarify comments he made earlier in the week regarding the potential signing of Toure’s teammate Ben Halloran, whose contract with the Reds ends in May.

“This talk about us signing him is far from the truth,” he said.

“The simple answer is, he’s off contract and any player who’s off contract at any club in the A-League will talk about every player who’s off.

“He’s been mentioned in a conversation and that has been as far as we’ve gone.”

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Fowler also defended discussing Halloran after drawing the ire of Verbeek, who had described the comments as impolite.

“I don’t know how, because I’ve answered a question,” Fowler said.

“I’ve answered it the best way I could and the most honest way I could.”

The Roar’s win moved them to 22 points and sixth place on the A-League ladder after a remarkable turnaround in form.

Fowler’s side will travel to Western United, the team they replaced in the top six, next Sunday.

Adelaide remains on 24 points following the loss, two points ahead of the Roar, and will host 10th placed Central Coast Mariners next Friday.

Feature image credit: Adelaide United FC

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