Adelaide United 2018-19 preview: Is there enough goals in the Reds?

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The Reds look to have improved their squad but it appears they are likely to have issues again front of goal

It's Adelaide United's second season under German tactician Marco Kurz and they will be looking to improve on a fifth-placed finish and a finals exit to eventual champions Melbourne Victory.

The Reds led 1-0 in that post-season match at AAMI Park but were undone soon after, with their campaign finishing in major disappointment.

This season they have already qualfied for the FFA Cup final and will be looking to take that momentum into the A-League.

Goal looks at the Reds squad and how they will fare in 2018-19.

Where are the goals going to come from?

Baba Diawara Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United A-League 25032017

Only Brisbane Roar and bottom two sides Wellington and Central Coast scored less goals than Adelaide last season - with the Reds only scoring 36 goals in 27 league games.

Usual substitute winger Ryan Kitto top scored in the league with seven goals, as strikers Baba Diawara and George Blackwood failed to fire.

The issue is that these two players are again Adelaide's strikers in 2018-19.

Diawara has only scored seven goals in 28 appearances in red and has squandered several chances in Adelaide's FFA Cup final run.

Blackwood has shown great potential but lacks consistency and when given an opportunity to start matches, has failed to hit the back of the net.

For Adelaide to be successful, they will need both strikers to lift and at least one of them to get double figures.

Flying wingers to feature heavily

Craig Goodwin Adelaide United A-League

One area of the pitch the Reds have plenty of depth and talent in, is the wings - with capped Socceroo players Craig Goodwin and Ben Halloran returning from overseas.

Kurz will be hoping the two fliers can provide quality service to the strikers, but also chip in among the goals themselves, with Goodwin in particular scoring some wonderful goals in the FFA Cup.

In reserve, Adelaide also possess Kitto and Nikola Mileusnic - two players capable to getting at their full backs and causing significant problems.

Danish attacker Ken Ilso looks a tidy signing for the attacking midfield area, while Mirko Boland looks industrious in the middle of the park.

Whether these two can elevate themselves to become A-League stars remains to be seen, but the Adelaide attack and midfield certainly has plenty of depth.

The most brutal defence in the league

Jordan Elsey

Is there a more physical and hard-nosed centre-half partnership in the A-League than Michael Jakobsen and Jordan Elsey?

Jakobsen is a great addition and will step to provide the experienced head after the departure of Ersan Gulum.

Elsey had a breakout campaign last season - with his uncompromising style winning many admirers and talk of a potential Socceroos call-up.

Strikers are not going to enjoy playing against Adelaide's defence and the team is sure to be well-drilled by the meticulous Kurz.

But goals up the other end loom as the biggest issue and the Reds will likely struggle to have league success without a sharp improvement.

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Predicted finish: 6th    

Star player: Craig Goodwin

Breakout player: George Blackwood

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