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Adelaide keep new A-League striker on ice

Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz says he's unlikely to give new signing Jordy Thomassen an A-League debut against Brisbane.

Adelaide keep new A-League striker on ice

Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz says he's unlikely to give new signing Jordy Thomassen an A-League debut against Brisbane.

Coach MARCO KURZ of Adelaide United looks on during the A-League match between Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand.
Coach MARCO KURZ of Adelaide United looks on during the A-League match between Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. Picture:Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Adelaide United's new signing Jordy Thomassen will have to wait for an A-League debut, with coach Marco Kurz unlikely to unveil the Dutch striker on Saturday against Brisbane.

Thomassen has trained with his new Reds' teammates ahead of Adelaide's clash with the Roar.


But Kurz says he's preferring to give the 25-year-old Thomassen more time to settle before giving him an A-League start.

"He looks good in shape ... but he comes from the Netherlands and out of full training," Kurz told reporters on Friday.

"This season, he played not so much minutes ... I can have a look (for) four or five sessions and I can decide."

Thomassen arrived from Dutch first division outfit De Graafschap and might solve a long-standing problem for Adelaide: scoring.

The fifth-placed Reds have netted 21 goals this season in 17 league games - just three more than the last-placed Roar who they host on Saturday night.

Adelaide have scored just 10 goals in nine home games but meet a Brisbane side who have conceded 34 and won only one game.

Kurz has been deploying natural midfielder Ben Halloran as a striker, with George Blackwood only just returning to full fitness after a broken collarbone and frontman Baba Diawara (knee) on the long-term injury list.

"It's very important and always good to know we have more competition in the striker position," Kurz said.

"It means nobody can have a rest - every player has to perform at training."

STATS THAT MATTER:

* Brisbane haven't won in 11 games and are winless in their past 10 away matches

* Adelaide winger Craig Goodwin has created 50 scoring chances this season in the league, ranked second behind Newcastle's Dimitri Petratos (56).

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