Dan Ashworth has brought Garang Kuol to Newcastle United, as we get the first real glimpse of the Sporting Director’s eye for talent from across the globe.
He helped build an exceptional Brighton team – one that is littered with players who were relatively unknown before they arrived at the Amex.
Ashworth did a fantastic job at Brighton, so much so that Newcastle wanted him to lead their project. He became the Magpies’ Sporting Director in the summer, and oversaw a club record move for Alexander Isak.
There have also been plenty of youth additions, with the likes of Jude Smith and Charlie McArthur moving to St James’ Park.
His next signing is Kuol, the 18-year-old Australian who is set to officially join the club in January. He will arrive from Central Coast Mariners for £600,000, and is immediately set to be loaned out.
There is a lot of buzz around Kuol, who is being tipped to have a very bright future in the game. Newcastle are the lucky club who have signed him, and that is largely down to Ashworth.
Dan Ashworth spotted Garang Kuol at Brighton
According to the Telegraph, Ashworth first became aware of Kuol’s talent and potential when he was at Brighton.
So had Newcastle not been able to tempt Ashworth to St James’ Park, we probably wouldn’t be set to welcome Kuol to Tyneside. Instead, he would on his way to Brighton.
This is an excellent example of Ashworth’s importance to Newcastle. His ability to sign young players who will develop into first-team stars is sensational, and something we can expect to see at St James’ Park.
It hasn’t happened yet, but that’s because he hasn’t been here long enough. Give it a few years, and there will be various players like Kuol who are part of Eddie Howe’s Premier League squad.
Newcastle have made some brilliant signings since the change of ownership, but getting Ashworth could be the most important deal.