Mustafa adds to Glory youth

07 December 2017 16:50:36 GMTPlus11

Yagoub Mustafa is the latest Perth Glory youngster to get a chance in the A-League.

The club's long injury list means coach Kenny Lowe has dipped deep into his resources and 18-year-old Mustafa was handed his debut in the 1-0 defeat to Central Coast at the weekend.

He came off the bench for a brief appearance in Gosford to join 16-year-old Jacob Italiano in his third start.

The Glory gave Daniel Stynes his debut when he was 18, in the FFA Cup, and he will be in the reckoning again when he recovers from a torn hamstring.

Lowe has also selected 17-year-old Callum Timmins in his extended squad several times and he's next in line to break through into the senior team.

Sudan-born Mustafa was told last Friday, two days before the trip to the Mariners, that he'd be in the matchday squad after skipper Andy Keogh failed a fitness test.

"Kenny and the players just told me to enjoy myself, treat it as a normal game and have fun," he said. "It was intense. I didn't have much time on the ball like you do with the youth team."

Perth's head of football Jacob Burns said Mustafa was a player for the future.

"He's a serious talent on the ball offensively and is definitely one to watch," added Burns. "He has the ability to get at defenders and almost seems to glide past them. He's physically strong and is capable of creating assists and scoring goals."

Mustafa is in line to keep his place in the squad for Saturday's home clash with second-placed Newcastle.

The Glory areĀ 2.90 to beat Newcastle, who are 2.30, with the draw 3.60.

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