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Awer we go? The next step for Mabil

  • Awer we go? The next step for Mabil

He made his 50th appearance for Adelaide United, scored his fifth goal of the season and helped Adelaide snatch the win, but what comes next for Awer Mabil?

The 19 year old winger has made the transition from the youth team to the first team over the past two seasons, thanks to his super sprints and silky foot skills which captured Coach Josep Gombauís attention.

Heís contracted to Adelaide until the end of the 2016-17 and is sure to be a key part of the system, although some international attention is already coming his way.

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The start of this year saw him trial at Dutch giants Ajax, but interest was short lived, nonetheless still beneficial for a young player.

Mabil has scored eight goals in total for Adelaide, as well as four from eight appearances for the Under-20 Australian side.

His goal awareness is improving, after a series of misses made his highlight (lowlight?) reel from earlier this season, but when he has score Adelaide is 7-0-1.

He has yet to secure a regular starting spot, partly due to inconsistency and his stamina, but also due to the competition he has often faced with imports such as Fabio Ferreira or Sergio Cirio.

Regardless, he has improved in leaps and bounds and has found himself starting more, even relegating Ferreira to the bench before his move to Central Coast.

Mabil looks at home out wide along the wings, regularly straddling the boundary line, and his ability to cut inside sharply has helped him provide valuable assists, or goals like he did against Sydney.

Currently Mabil is struggling through a tough patch with injury, and once he is past that should once again look to securing a starting spot, as well as increased fitness and stamina.

His last pre-season saw him mature but only a handful of 90 minute games to his name prove he still has room to grow.

Converting chances is another area he must improve on, like many young footballers Ė or in fact many footballers in general.

Adelaide fans would also love a home goal, as his last four goals have been away from home and his last in front of the Adelaide faithful was in November during the FFA Cup (his last A-League home goal was his opening goal for the season in October).

Another goal is earning a call up to the Under-23 squad, which he is certainly capable of and could even open the door to a Socceroos call up, and would no doubt already be a goal for him.

If he excels he is likely to head overseas before his contract expires, and he would be well suited to head to a technically gifted league such as those in Belgium, Germany or the Netherlands.

Whatever happens, Mabilís future is in his hands, or at his feet I should say, and he will no doubt win over more fans and continue to develop into one of Adelaideís best products.

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