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if he keeps his form up, i would expect it sooner rather than later – especially with multiple wingers off contract/sold : irakunda, musa toure, halloran etc etc

Fear not Adelaide fans, the next Nestory Irankunda might be right around the corner

all aboard the hype train choo choo ⚽

Fear not Adelaide fans, the next Nestory Irankunda might be right around the corner

was not a good team performance offensively (given the amount of clear cut chances the side had) and even worse defensively.
the side will take some time to find thier feet, but there is still a lot talent.
*madanha and dukuly are both making thier way back from long term several months out and are training with the a league side – would expect them to move up at end of season
*sotiri phillis, fabian talladira (son of nsl legend carlo) & bailey wright have been training with the aleague side – would expect them to move up at end of the season
*JP mbembe is now the captain (i expected him to be with senior team by now) hasnt happened yet
*jake porter (son of joel) and harry crawford are 2 attackers that will be in the first for the a league squad at season end
*riley stam failed a trial at the mariners, but will be expected to carry the burden at CF
*tatu ive already spoken about
then you’ve got the reserves
*matias aloisi (son of ross, nephew of john) will be expect to move up
*feyzo kasumovic (younger brother of asad) will be expected to move up
*yaseen kasumovic (younger brother of asad and feyzo) will be expected to move up
*liam stam is another expected to move up in 2 years
*Mohammed Hassan is continuing the tradition of potential superstar african players – will be expected to move up in 2 years

Fear not Adelaide fans, the next Nestory Irankunda might be right around the corner

my views on the coaching fraternity in australia, will offend some people (as they always do) so i’ll skip on the critisizm for once.

what you have just mentioned can happen

The Central Coast Mariners are a reminder of what's good about the A-League Men

in theory yes this can deinitely work

i can name several a league players who in juniors started out as say a GK but then moved to striker, or a striker reverting back to CB – certain skills are definitely transferable between different positions

lets use young(ish) current a league players as example.

*trewin (CB for mine) has been played there, as well DM, CM & RB for brisbane over the couse of his career

*bernado (AM for mind) has been played there, as well as LW & RW over the couse of his career

*yull (deep lying playmaker for mine) has been played there as well as CM, DM, AM over the course of his career

I would expect a 12 year old (and definitely thier coach) to know what sort of position they are capable of playing

The Central Coast Mariners are a reminder of what's good about the A-League Men

the thing is Will, all the players you mentioned are 5’7/8 + play in positions where physicallity isnt needed as much, you can get away with a lack of height in those attacking positions

there are absolutely outliers to the height debate though, the biggest one i can think of currently is lisandro martinez – he’s 5’9 and plays as centreback (but he played juniors as a cm and can still played that role)

i dont follow english football and i know man united isnt a great side currently, but for him to play (i believe hes the starting CB as well) shows you can overcome height for positions that generally require it.

as for australian and juniors developement, there are certain things that havent changed over the past 25 years.

*kids with balkan heritage seem to be exceptional in terms of technical skills (but can be either lazy in work ethic or attitude

*kids with south american heritage are generally more creative and offer more flair.

*kids with connections to the uk or australia seem to work harder then players who are more naturally gifted technically

*kids with african heritage are generally more explosive and powerful

The Central Coast Mariners are a reminder of what's good about the A-League Men

exactly all points are valid.

yes boys tend to have 3 growth spurts between 12-18 but when you’re 5’1 at 14 it doesnt look good ( you generally wont get a 9-10 inch growth spurt like nisbett needed)

people also forget that a lot of the smaller kids in europe/south america are put on growth hormones (this is not something that is done in australia

from memory i believe the nisbett family were offered growth hormones for josh when he trialled in spain but they wanted to wait until they got back to australia and discuss in detial with doctors/specialists – it was then found out about the bone disease he has.

scouting/developement of players is by no means an easy task, there are a lot of variables out of everyones control

The Central Coast Mariners are a reminder of what's good about the A-League Men

chris you work with teenage footballers, you of all people would/should know all about what to look for in selections. – some train better than others, some are selfish, some do not pass etc etc

as for the messi and maradona comparison in terms of height, they played in attacking positions where you dont need to be 6 foot plus (they are not expected to track back, tackle, defend etc)

ive seen messis early scouting reports, several people much more high profile than myself had issues with his height – in an alternate universe if barcelona hadnt got him on the growth hormones, we may never have witnessed his wizardy

you have to remember i have no control on things like that, all i can control is what i am seeing – i have even less control when im given certain criteria by a club on what to search for

i’ve passed on many footballers and will pass on many more (nisbet wouldn’t even rate in the top 20 of my misses for some comparison)

at the other end of the scale there are some i’ve been certain of that will become professional, only to let things like bad friends influence them with attitude.

like i said nothing wrong with nisbett from a technical standpoint, just cannot have someone so undersized playing in the international side

The Central Coast Mariners are a reminder of what's good about the A-League Men

the better question to ask, is how many central midfielders of that height have been played senior international football?

i’ll even accept answers from countries like india, samoa etc if you can find a player of that height in CM

The Central Coast Mariners are a reminder of what's good about the A-League Men

tilios 5’7 so thats the same height as messi or kante.

tilios also playing in an attacking position, those sorts of roles (especially in recent years) have seen a lot of ‘smaller’ players in them – but these positions arent expected to do the dirty work of tackling, breaking up player like a CM doesnt

nisbett is how tall? 5’1? 5’2 (if he spikes his hair) absolutely cannot have that lack of height in the engine room.

hes had 2 consistent seasons now at league level, but there are plenty of australian players that are consistent year upon year and dont ever get a call up

The Central Coast Mariners are a reminder of what's good about the A-League Men

it doesnt work like that Tim – Nothing has changed in that regard since i’ve been involved

height is always a factor for those 3 positions, if matt ryan was coming through juniors now i have a feeling he would be passed over purely on his height – even though he is an average height for male, he is short for a GK these days.

i wasnt trying to be disparaging to nisbett either, hes done exceptionally well given the bone disease he has (langerhans cell histiocytosis).

hes very strong mentally and technically ticks alot of boxes, unfortunately due to his height he has no chance at playing international football.

its way too much of a liabillity and i know you’re going to say well he dominates in the a league – a league is equivalent to lower league english football and the quality is nowhere near international football

teeneage players get passed over for things like attitude (it happened with volpato at the wanderers) almost on a weekly basis – when at that age boys mentally arent developed yet.

its just the way it goes a lot of the time with devlopement, win some you lose some.

The Central Coast Mariners are a reminder of what's good about the A-League Men

the day he gets selected for the national team is the day whoever selects him should resign.

im sorry, playing in that position (with how small he is) is a guarantee to never ever be called up to represent your country.

nothing against the player, technically hes very good – but many people passed on him (including myself) in his junior days.

if you think this is a once off in terms of players being overlooked purely based on height, you’re wrong – its very common if you’re a goalie, centerback or central midfield in australia to not even be given a second look

nisbett can work on his fitness, work on upper body strength, work on every technical aspect associated to being a central midfielder – but he cant work on his height unfortunately.

its a concern when midfielders in asia (who are on the wrong side of 6 foot) dwarf him still

even players in his position who were deemed as world class (ngolo kante) was 5’7 – still very small for a CM and he towers over nisbett

The Central Coast Mariners are a reminder of what's good about the A-League Men

was not a good weekend for the refs across the league

consistency and different interpretations of rules by the refs will cost coach’s jobs with no repurcussions to the officials who made them.

i am aware that adelaide will be requesting yet another meeting this week with nathan magill to discuss decisions made over the weekend. (multiple flashpoints in the game will be used as examples)

*first time was in pre season and they used several examples of fouls against ibusuki that werent given, but smaller players in the same situation winning the foul.

*lodged a complaint against daniel elders performance in adelaide united matches (second time in 2 years) – the belief is that since he is from adelaide, he purposely refs twice as hard against them – hes made some very puzzling decisions in matches involving adelaide over the past 24 months

*i would expect the club to ask not to have alex king as a ref after the weekends performance (they previously have requested this) – hes another one who makes some puzzling decisions in the clubs matches

there may also be some repercussions for adelaide with what happened after the match in relation to the refs room and the approach that was made

The Central Coast Mariners are a reminder of what's good about the A-League Men

its a narrative that season upon season is proven wrong factually.

season 23/24

#4 in tackles per match
#3 tackles per match
#10 yellow cards per match
#5 in red cards (with a couple of awful ones given, that weren’t

dont let last nights match (where adelaide had the highest fouls they’ve conceded in a match) cloud you vision. Every team has that happen against the wanderers,

there is a not a side in the league better at time wasting, drawing in fouls etc than the wanderers

Highly controversial red card cruels Adelaide as Wanderers jump into top four

appalling officiating once again against adelaide – yet again more examples of where the ‘east coast bias’ terms comes from.

alex king is one of 2 refs (the other being daniel elder) that adelaide have complained about before and during the season to the a league refs boss.

there was a confrontation outside the refs rooms in the tunnels after the match as well (that has not gone widely reported).

i still have no idea how borello & bonetig (appalling challenge) stayed on the field

Highly controversial red card cruels Adelaide as Wanderers jump into top four

always very risky to leave adelaide for a bigger club, you can ask the majority of players that left for melbourne city 5 years ago how their careers have turned out.

or somebody in the past 12 months (Nathan Amanatidis) who might be enjoying the lifestyle of sydney and a bigger wage – but hes constantly riding the pine

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 18

these players have under a year left on their contracts; they are still contracted players at the end of the day.

if other clubs are turning their heads with offers of better wages, playing conditions etc (which they are) then that’s still poaching. – most clubs across the world do this though.

not many players literally wait until their contract is over to negotiate with other sides lol

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 18

they are 2 of the several players that fall into this category

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 18

the bigger question for the sleuths amongst us in relation to adelaide united, is trying to figure out which senior & teenage players have been dropped due to “illness” this season – when in reality its been for disciplinary reasons (eg consistently late to training, not putting in 100% effort)

people correctly guessed bernardo (after i revealed that information, before it became public knowledge) but he is not the only player that could’ve (and probably should’ve) been let go in january

off season 2024 looks to be very interesting one for adelaide with multiple players (young and old) off contract and rival a league clubs (inparticular auckland ) looking to poach players

little surprised that more news has not gone public yet about behind the scenes things at adelaide, its a testament to how tight lipped the club is (well except for me, who will provide bits and pieces of info)

anyways lets have some more guesses in terms of the players (young and old) who have been dropped for reasons this seasons that have not publicly been disclosed in the media

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 18

i dont like the country rowles plays in lol – id be very skeptical in picking players who earn there keep in scotland – unfortunately you wont learn much tactically and wont devlope properly technically.

ciracati is a the perfect example for any young player who is on the cusp of a european move – pick a country that suits your playing style and a language you are either fluent in (or can learn easily)

Adam Taggart will win the A-League Golden Boot - and he should be leading the Socceroo front line

most definitely is.

Alessandro Circati is Parma’s next great Aussie hope

that had a snippet of my early reporting on him. (ticked all boxes for me as a teenager and still ticks all those boxes as a fully grown man now)

i believe he could be the left side half of the long term centreback pairing for australia, the issue is who will be his partner and suit his style? (definitely not souttar or rowles)

the answer to that question (if things go right in terms of developement) would be the player in this article

The latest son of a South Australian cult hero, making a splash in Greece

i’d like to see the next coach (please not arnie) try something revolutionary (especially in friendlies) when it comes to the defence

a back 3 of circati, chipperfield (playing slightly higher, think of a sweeper/stopper combined) and valkanis

this requires those 3 players to keep developing though

Adam Taggart will win the A-League Golden Boot - and he should be leading the Socceroo front line

i was waiting for someone to raise the issue in developing strikers in australia.

let me segway this conversation into a country that has spent the better part of a decade dedicating everything in terms of club infrastructure, finances and scouting into locating and developing strikers – serbia

yes the country tends to implode when it comes to the big games whether its world cup or euros, but they have always developed extremely technical skilled players.

i spend a significant amount of time every year in the country (as well as many others in the balkans) and have access to club sides as well as the underage national sides (ive written about my experiences in the country in a couple of articles- you’d have to go back to find them)

Aleksander Mitrovic, Dusan Vlahovic, Luka Jovic are just a few of the names that have come through their system after the countries FA and coaches started to really focus on striker developement

in the last couple years you’ve had teenager strikers like Marko Lazetic move to milan for 4 million europe and the next superstar of serbian football Jovan Mitrovic (who can play anywhere across the front 3) move for 10 million euros to new york fc recently (surprising move when half of europe wanted him)

back to my original point.

i am specifically looking at 3 types of players around australia (spoken about this many times over the past couple years)

1. centre forwards/strikers
2. attacking mids with creativity
3. ball playing centrebacks.

#3 you are starting to finally see these types of players filter through the a league
#2 australian coaches do not trust these types of players at the ages of 16-18 to run a whole teams attack
#1 australian coaches do not trust these types of players at the ages of 16-18 to lead whole teams attack

i can give you a dozen names of players i feel have potential for all 3 of those categories, but potential is just that – potential

Adam Taggart will win the A-League Golden Boot - and he should be leading the Socceroo front line

hes actually not though, people keep overlooking AP

tags shades him in certain categories but he plays in a much better side than AP

cant keep picking players for the national team that have had multiple chances (eg tags) to claim the role and havent been good enough at that level

Adam Taggart will win the A-League Golden Boot - and he should be leading the Socceroo front line

im in melbourne currently until saturday, so i probably wont write one until march at this stage

Having a merry go 'round: The A-League coaches 'stamping their value' in 2024

his form this season warrants a call up to a training camp at the very least

hhhhhhhhhhhowever australia has been down this path before with tags and hes in the same category as maclaren.- both are excellent club goal scorers, but completely ineffective at international level.

international football is a much slower pace and far more tactical than club football, strikers dont get 5-6 chances a game they might only get 2-3 (even less with arnie as coach)

australia does not have the quality in players to play to tags or jmacs strengths.

cant keep recycling the same players who are proven that they are not of international quality (especially strikers)

Adam Taggart will win the A-League Golden Boot - and he should be leading the Socceroo front line

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