The young guns looking to break into Arnold’s Olyroos Olympic side

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The Australian talent pool in the A-League appears to be getting deeper by the season.

Graham Arnold has undoubtedly got his core group of players in mind for the 2021 Olympic campaign.

However, there are a number of spots up for grabs and those on the outer will be looking to make a name for themselves to force Arnold’s hand.

Joshua Laws

Laws was in the most recent squad, but has only made two appearances for the Olyroos. The former Fortuna Dusseldorf youth player has big shoes to fill this season, replacing Steven Taylor.

The former Australian youth captain’s move to Wellington Phoenix puts him further on display for Arnold and he has impressed with his displays thus far. With Olyroos captain Thomas Deng and the established Kye Rowles likely to be the top two choices however Laws will be looking to have a say in that.

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Alou Kuol

The 19-year-old burst on the scene at the end of last season with that iconic post-match interview.

Kuol has helped the Mariners to reach the top of the table with five goals in seven games this season. With no appearances for the Olyroos yet, if Kuol can continue this form he will certainly give Arnold a lot to ponder.

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Calem Nieuwenhof

The midfield positions are some of the mostly contested in the squad, with Keanu Baccus the incumbent choice.

Nieuwenhof was impressive in Sydney’s AFC campaign and it earned him a starting spot in the side’s season opener. His goal of the season contender against Wellington certainly made a name for himself.

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Trent Buhagiar

Buhagiar has nine appearances for the Olyroos already, however he was not picked in the last squad.

He has plenty of opportunities to impress at Sydney FC this season with the loss of Adam Le Fondre.

Scoring five goals in six games in Sydney’s AFC Champions League campaign, Buhagiar will hope he can carry that form into the A-League season.

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Mohamed Toure

Two goals and an assist in six games is an impressive return for any forward to start a season, let alone a 16-year-old.

To say Toure has burst onto the scene would be an understatement. He became the league’s youngest ever goalscorer at 15 years, 325 days when he netted against the Mariner’s last season.

He is also the younger brother of current Olyroo and Adelaide forward, Al-Hassan.

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Could we see both Toure brothers in Arnold’s squad come winter?

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Nick D’Agostino

The Perth forward has scored four in five so far this season. The postponement of the Olympics may have worked in the 22-year-old’s favour whose season has been off to a great start.

Arnold will surely be keeping a close eye on the forward.

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Carlo Armiento

Having never started a game before this season, Armiento’s early season form has caught the eye.

Like teammate D’Agostino, the 21-year-old been off to a flyer to start the season with three goals in five. This includes two off the bench in his side’s entertaining defeat to Western United.

Armiento will be hoping that a run of starts can get him into the squad for Tokyo.

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Dylan Wenzel-Halls

Another young Australian forward who has started the season well. With five goals and two assists to his name he is quickly becoming the go-to man for the Roar.

His early season form has done his chances of a call-up no harm. Arnold is certainly not short on attacking options.

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