Garang Kuol called up to Australia World Cup squad ahead of NUFC move
Garang Kuol called up to Australia World Cup squad ahead of Newcastle transfer
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Garang Kuol called up to Australia World Cup squad ahead of Newcastle transfer

Garang Kuol has been called up to the Australia squad for the World Cup, and Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe is delighted for the teenager.

The 18-year-old has been included in Graham Arnold’s 26-man squad for the tournament in Qatar, despite only making one appearance for his country. Kuol made his debut earlier this year, and impressed with an exciting cameo off the bench.

Blistering substitute appearances have become a regular occurrence for Kuol, who is set to leave Central Coast Mariners in January to sign for Newcastle.

The teenager is an exciting signing by the Magpies, who have secured the services of a player who could go on to become one of the world’s best according to his current manager Nick Montgomery.

However, it might be some time before we see Kuol play for his new club. He is currently unlikely to get a work permit to play in England, meaning he will be loaned out as soon as he arrives at Newcastle.

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But this World Cup callup could change things.

Eddie Howe on Garang Kuol’s World Cup callup

Ahead of the League Cup game against Crystal Palace, Howe spoke to the media. He was asked about Kuol’s World Cup selection and how it could possibly impact him getting a work permit.

“Really pleased for him personally,” Howe said.

“I think he’s doing really well. We’re really pleased with his progress. The callup was something when I spoke to him when he came over that he was really passionate about and hopeful for. He’s done well enough to secure that callup so delighted.

“We hope that he can be involved at the World Cup and have a real impact. And that will help us, hopefully, see him sooner.”

Kuol’s Newcastle dream could be put on hold

While he is set to officially become a Newcastle player, we don’t know when we will see Kuol in action. As it stands, he won’t get a work permit, such is his limited experience.

However, some appearances at the World Cup will boost his chances.

Regulations state that international players under the age of 21 who represent a nation ranked between 31 and 50 (Australia are 38th) in the world must play in at least 75% of their country’s matches to be eligible for a work permit.

The Socceroos have currently played eight times in 2022, and will take that number to 11 in the World Cup group stages. If Kuol appears in every game, he will have four caps. That will take him closer to the magic 75% threshold.

He will have appeared in 36% of Australia’s games, which won’t be enough to get him a work permit. However, it might be enough for Newcastle to put forward a strong case if they decide to appeal.

There’s a lot of excitement surrounding Kuol, and Toon fans want to see him in action as soon as possible. However, he is one for the future.

If he doesn’t get a work permit straightaway, it isn’t the end of the world. But it would be nice to get it sorted as soon as possible.