Garang Kuol is going to become a Newcastle United player in January, and the teenager is expected to become a star on Tyneside.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise in recent months. He’s gone from being an unknown teen to thriving against Barcelona, before earning a move to the Premier League.
Kuol’s cameos in the A League for Central Coast Mariners have been astonishing, providing so many goals and assists in his limited minutes. He clearly has a lot of potential, which is why so many big clubs wanted to sign him.
But Newcastle have won the race, and he will officially join the club at the start of 2023. But before then, he’s got the small matter of a World Cup.
Kuol is already an Australia international, despite never starting a senior game in his career. He has been named in the Socceroos’ 26-man squad, and will hope to get a chance to shine on the grandest stage.
Australia are in Group D alongside France, Denmark and Tunisia, and are currently preparing for their first game on November 22nd.
Manager Graham Arnold is putting his players through their paces, and Kuol has spoken out about the ‘intensity’ in training.
Garang Kuol comments on Australia ‘intensity’
The forward has spoken to Fox Sports after a training session where the Australia squad played an 11 vs 11 practice match.
“The intensity was killer,” Kuol said.
“Just still getting used to it, you know. The boys play quick and the ball zips around so there was a whole lot of chasing.
“It was three sets of 13 minutes, I played all three of those. We just tried to mirror what France would do.”
Kuol can expect even more intensity at Newcastle
If Kuol thinks that’s intense, just wait until he gets to Newcastle. The intensity will go up another level – even if the heat will drop dramatically. The North East of England isn’t quite as warm as the Middle East.
The success of Eddie Howe’s Newcastle is built on a foundation of teamwork, hard work and intensity. Our pressing game is remarkable, and has played an important role in our surge up the Premier League table.
Fitness levels are at an all time high for Newcastle, with every Toon player running their legs off until the final whistle.
And that is what Kuol is going to have to get used to. It’s therefore good that he’s already experiencing a step up with his national side.
Newcastle will have to be careful with Kuol. He is still a very young man, and may struggle to adapt to the physical demands of Premier League football.
But he is a star of the future rather than the present, meaning Dan Ashworth will have a clearly set out development plan to help the teenager on Tyneside.