Adelaide United is delighted to announce forward, Al Hassan Toure, has officially joined the first team squad following a string of quality performances, signing a scholarship contract.
Toure found the net in four straight matches with the Club’s Youth Team in the local National Premier League (NPL) and soon caught the attention of Head Coach, Gertjan Verbeek.
The 19-year-old continued to show his potential during training and in pre-season friendlies before scoring on his senior debut in the FFA Cup 2019 Round of 32 against Melbourne Knights.
Capable of playing as a striker or on the wing, Toure combines pace with his excellent dribbling ability and will be a valuable option in attack for Verbeek.
Speaking on his promotion to the first team on a permanent basis, Toure said: “I’m very excited to have officially signed with Adelaide United.
“It’s been a great NPL season so far and to continue that into the pre-season with the first team and to have scored on my debut in the FFA Cup was very special.
“I’ve been working hard throughout the years to get this kind of opportunity and to have signed with my hometown club and be close to my family and friends is very important.
“Hopefully I can get as many minutes in the senior team as possible and also get my name on the scoresheet more and more.”
Adelaide United Director of Football, Bruce Djite, claimed Toure’s immense potential and string of consistent performances were key to the deal.
“Al Hassan is a very talented young footballer and he’s impressed Gertjan, all our other senior coaches, and I throughout this pre-season,” Djite explained.
“Al Hassan is yet another example of the talent we have coming through our Youth Team, and his strong form in the NPL ultimately enabled him the opportunity to train with the first team, which he has taken with both hands.
“Not only does Al Hassan possess a raw natural ability, but he is an exciting and explosive footballer with a strong desire to improve.
“Adelaide United is the perfect environment for Al Hassan to continue his evolution as a player and we’re very confident that he will continue to improve and develop under the guidance of Gertjan and his coaching staff."