Adelaide’s five most promising youth talents

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Adelaide United’s youth production has always been strong but this season, new coach Gertjan Verbeek has dipped into those stocks like never before. So who is his next starlet?

With the Reds at the wrong end of the ladder and Verbeek perhaps looking to the future, there are a number of young players within their ranks who will be hoping they have attracted the Dutchman’s attention.

Mohamed Toure

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The 16-year-old attacker is one of the Reds most promising youngsters.

He shot to fame after becoming the club’s second-youngest debutant with a dazzling cameo against the Brisbane Roar. Just one week later, Toure again raised eyebrows by becoming the club’s youngest ever goalscorer.

Following in his brother Al Hassan’s footsteps, Mohamed is expected to light it up on the national stage when he is announced in September’s AFC U-16 Championship in Bahrain, coronavirus permitting.

The Underdale High School student has also shown his consistent goal scoring form in the NPL SA with an impressive second-half brace against the Modbury Jets, including a 25 metre thunderbolt.

Lachlan Brook

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The 19-year-old made his senior debut when he was 16 after coming off the bench against Jiangsu Suning on the final matchday of the 2017 AFC Champions League group stage but since then, injuries have halted his development.

Now a prominent name on Adelaide’s A-League bench, Brook can operate as either a midfielder or a forward.

He has represented Australia at various levels, most recently in the AFF U18 Championship, where his second half match-winner helped secure the Young Socceroos the trophy.

Brook is also Adelaide’s NPL team captain and he will look to prove his worth to Verbeek when the competition resumes.

Jai King-Byrne

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United’s rising Australian underage international Jai King-Byrne is one to watch.

The 18-year-old had an impressive Y-League campaign, starting eight times and scoring twice to ensure the Reds finished in third.

King-Byrne was also a part of the AFF U18 Championship-winning squad and has featured prominently in Adelaide’s NPL side.

The midfielder also hails from Gawler – the same place as Riley McGree – there must be something in the water down there in Gawler.

Yared Abetew

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The former Ethiopian refugee, 20, was thrust into the limelight during Adelaide’s defensive injury crisis where he was handed his debut in round two against Melbourne City.

The right-back slotted seamlessly into the position and performed admirably against some of the league’s top attackers. Unfortunately, the ex-Croydon Kings NPL defender sustained an injury in his A-League debut and was substituted at half time.

Abetew has not been seen since but if his 45 minutes against City was anything to go by, he could be a solution for the Reds defensive woes.

Kusini Yengi

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Yengi, 20, was promoted to United’s first-team ranks after a string of impressive performances in the club’s NPL side.

Unfortunately, the former Henley High School student sustained a long-term injury at the beginning of the season but now he is back.

Yengi has now demonstrated his strong physical presence and natural athletic ability in his three A-League substitute appearances.

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