Adelaide United coach Gertjan Verbeek has revealed the magic words he used to inspire young gun Mohamed Toure in the Reds’ 2-0 win over Central Coast Mariners.
- Mohamed Toure scored Adelaide United’s second goal in a 2-0 victory over Central Coast Mariners
- At 15 years and 325 days, Toure became the youngest goal scorer in A-League history, and third youngest in national league history
- Mohamed’s brother, Al Hassan Toure, burst onto the scene earlier this season, starring in the FFA Cup for Adelaide
United were on the back foot before Toure’s introduction in the 77th minute and the teen sensation had an immediate impact.
The 15-year-old was involved in George Blackwood’s stunning opener in the 82nd minute before slamming home his maiden goal two minutes later to become the youngest ever A-League goalscorer.
Verbeek said he kept his message simple and didn’t over complicate the instructions for Toure.
“Use your speed and your power — that’s the only thing,” he said.
“You don’t tell him a lot because he’s just arriving, he had just a few weeks training with the first squad so he has to learn a lot and he can’t learn that in a few minutes.
“Because he’s also excited to get in [the game and] his friends, his family are probably in the stadium so everything what you say is going to the right ear and go [out] the left ear.”
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‘Surreal’ feeling to score maiden goal
Toure made his debut in last week’s 2-1 defeat at Brisbane Roar, where he looked very impressive in an eight-minute cameo.
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The youngster told Fox Sports after the match that it was “amazing” to score in front of his friends and family at Hindmarsh stadium.
“It feels surreal,” Toure said. “I never thought I’d do it in a million years, not at 15.
“It’s an amazing feeling, especially at home in front of the friends and family.”
Verbeek admitted he hadn’t seen much of Toure during the Youth League season where he managed just four substitute appearances and one goal.
The Dutchman said it had been more out of necessity that Toure was called up to train with the Reds’ A-League squad but has so far impressed in the limited time with the first team.
“Sometimes I needed an attacker on the training pitch, and we played also friendly games on the training pitch, so I saw a lot of potential,” said Verbeek.
“When you make a good impression on me and on the training, and you do your best, and I see that Jordan [Elsey] and Jako [Michael Jakobsen] struggle when he’s playing, then you have some qualities to show that also in the A-League.
“Now it won’t be about 90 minutes, but for 10, 15, 20 minutes I know he can now it’s important he stays humble and train hard and learn a lot in the training moments he gets now with the first squad.”
‘We always knew we had it in him’
Older brother Al Hassan Toure has two goals in nine A-League appearances, but starred in the FFA Cup. (AAP: David Mariuz)
In the space of a week, Toure has made his A-League debut and scored in just his second appearance, bursting onto the scene much like his brother, Al Hassan, months earlier.
The 19-year-old scored on his professional debut for Adelaide in their opening FFA Cup match, going on to score five goals in the competition, including the final in a best afield performance.
He has since scored two A-League goals in nine matches for the Reds and recently earned a call up to the Australian U23 Olympic Qualifying campaign.
“We always knew that he had it in him, the rest of the family,” Al Hassan Toure told Fox Sports.
“I told him to keep a cool head because football is ups and downs.
“You might be up one day and the next you are down, and you always have to learn from your experiences.
“He’s shown that he can play in this league and he is good enough.
“Just a couple of more years of experience and I think he will be a good player.”