Toure to remain a super-sub for now as Reds sharpen young gun

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Adelaide United secured a 2-1 win in Perth for the first time in four years and they did so without some of their key playmakers.

But that did not prove to be an issue on the field as they departed Perth with three points and gave Glory a humbling wake-up call.

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The second goal to push the win over the line came from super-sub and rising star, Mo Toure, and while he stole the show on Sunday, head coach Carl Veart said the best is yet to come.

“I don’t know how many times one of our substitutes has come on and scored or provided an assist,” Veart said.

“It’s a testament to the playing group; that they know what to do, that they come on and do the job that we ask them to do.”

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While Veart sung Toure’s praises, he admitted the youngster has not yet unlocked his full potential.

Toure may be physically strong and quick, but Veart said currently he is unable to play for more than 45 minutes.

“He doesn’t have the conditioning in his legs yet to play at this level for longer than that,” he said.

Veart said for a player such as Toure, he is best playing direct and used his most recent appearance as a prime example – wanting to prove just how difficult he can be to handle on the ball.

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The 17-year-old may be a work in progress but he is making the most of his time on the field, creating instant impact after only three minutes of being subbed on.

“If I was a defender and saw him coming on in the last 35 minutes, I’d ask my coach to take me off,” Veart said.

Once Toure has conquered playing direct, along with an extra 45 minutes of running in the legs, Adelaide will have moulded a lethal weapon and essential asset to their attacking line-up.

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“We’re getting points on the board and the other teams have to chase us,” Veart said.

Rubbing salt into Perth’s wound, Veart said that it is easy to have games in hand but you have to win those games. Making it clear that his side can do it while others cannot.

The away win keeps Adelaide fighting in third place, while Glory float just above last place.

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The Reds are looking forward to their share of home games with seven of their last 10 games to be played at home as they look to wrap up a place in the finals.

“If the boys keep working they can make the finals but there’s still a long way to go,” Veart said.

Feature Image credit: Jordan Trombetta 

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Ash Ramos
Ash Ramos
Journalism student at Curtin University covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-leagues season. Siuuu

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