16-year-old Naomi Thomas-Chinnama debuts for Melbourne City

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It was a quiet debut for Melbourne City’s Naomi Thomas-Chinnama, doing so at an empty AAMI Stadium on Thursday night. But she won’t be forgetting it any time soon.

The 16-year-old replaced Teigan Allen in the 72nd minute and brought with her the type of youthful exuberance the W-League is known for.

Teenage talents as young as Thoman-Chinnama aren’t new to the W-League, and debuts bring smiles to fans faces to see young players taking significant steps forward in their dreams.

Thomas-Chinnama did just that on Thursday night, sliding into the City backline seamlessly in a time of minor turmoil, doing her job with aplomb.

City coach Rado Vidosic was impressed with what he saw on the field and is taken by not just the youngster’s talent but her attitude as well.

“She is a great young player, she is very dedicated,” Vidosic said.

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“She earned her call up today, she trained really hard and well.”

It was a tough night for City overall, with the reigning champs succumbing to their fifth loss in seven games. Interestingly, these two teams met in the Grand Final last year and have since gone opposite ways after City’s win, as Sydney have charged to the top of the table this season.

One of City’s many problems for the night was a Red card to Tyla-Jay Vlajnic in the 55th minute, which forced a rejig of their defence. It didn’t help Thomas-Chinamma’s cause and led to her playing out of position.

“Her best position is not full back, but we did not want to expose her as a central defender (tonight),” Vidosic said.

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“She’s quite calm on the ball against her own age group, today was a little bit hard because we already had one player sent off and the last 10-15 minutes they were coming from everywhere.”

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While there are many downsides for City this season, Vidosic is ever the optimist and believes there’s a silver lining for their poor showings this year.

With City towards the bottom of the ladder already, it is becoming incredibly unlikely for them to make finals this year.

“The more the season goes on and the harder it gets for us to qualify, the more games she’s going to get,” Vidosic said.

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“She’s definitely one for the future.”

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