Rawlins, Toure feature in The Guardian's top 60 players of 'Next Generation 2021'

Isuzu UTE A-League youngsters Joshua Rawlins and Mohamed Toure have been selected in The Guardian's top players of "Next Generation 2021", a list featuring 60 of the most talented players in the world born in 2004. 

The Guardian identifies the top players of each age group annually, providing updates on the career progress made by all 60 players as the years go by. 

It's been three years since an Isuzu UTE A-League player last featured in The Guardian's list of the stars of tomorrow, when former Perth Glory midfielder Jacob Italiano was selected as one of the top 60 players born in 2001. Noah Botic (formerly of Hoffenheim and currently signed for Western United) is the most recent Australian to make the cut, named in The Guardian's "Next Generation 2019".

READ: Next Generation 2021 - 60 of the best young talents in world football

Previous instalments have seen the likes of Paris Saint-Germain's Xavi Simons (2020), FC Barcelona star Ansu Fati (2019), and Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood (2018) named as players to watch in the future. In 2017, former Melbourne City and current Western United star Dylan Pierias was named alongside current global superstars Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland, Ferrán Torres and Vinicius Júnior.

Perth Glory defender Rawlins was praised for his intelligence and versatility in The Guardian's class of 2004 after making 12 appearances in his debut Isuzu UTE A-League campaign in 2020/21. The full-back featured heavily for Richard Garcia's side early doors before the arrival of accomplished defender Jason Geria saw Rawlins slide down the pecking order. 

Joshua Rawlins
Rawlins is thriving in an Isuzu UTE A-League environment under Glory boss Garcia

Rawlins made his Isuzu UTE A-League debut at 16 years and 272 days against Adelaide United in Round 1 of the 2020/21 campaign. Now 17, the young defender will be eager to increase his minutes under Garcia this season and continue to prove why he's rated as one of the most promising players in his age group worldwide.

Joining Rawlins in The Guardian's top 60 players of "Next Generation 2021" is Adelaide forward Toure. The 17-year-old has made 24 Isuzu UTE A-League appearances to date for the Reds, scoring four goals and notching one assist, and is flourishing under head coach Carl Veart who says the young star can "go as far as he wants to go" in world football.

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