As you may have read earlier today, Newcastle United are on the verge of signing teenage sensation Garang Kuol from Central Coast Mariners.
Kuol, who turns 18 tomorrow, has been described as one of the “most exciting talents” the A-League has ever seen after bagging four goals and an assist in just 189 minutes of action.
The Australian striker earned his maiden call-up to the national team this week and is expected to make his Socceroos debut in the home-and-away double header against New Zealand later this month – which could be good news for Newcastle as international caps would help him secure a much needed work permit.
Kuol has also received huge praise from Barca boss Xavi after turning heads during a pre-season friendly between the A-League All Stars and Barcelona in May, which saw him hit the post twice, use his pace to great effect and come close to a wondergoal after a superb solo run.
Here’s what Xavi had to say after the game, followed by highlights of his electric display against the La Liga giants just a few months ago:
“He played really well. He created many chances, almost scored.
“For only being 17-year-old, that’s unbelievable.”
“𝗔𝘀 𝗮 𝗸𝗶𝗱, 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁.” ❤️
Garang Kuol lived the dream last night, as he put on a show against @FCBarcelona at just 17 years old 🤯👏
Kuol turns heads against Barca: https://t.co/cVvYKHEXqh
Central Coast Mariners head coach Nick Montgomery also had this to say on Kuol in a recent interview, believing he is one of the “most exciting talents” the A-League has ever seen, as well as a level-headed youngster who “isn’t fazed by anything.”
“He is a quiet kid off the field but most importantly does his talking on the field, is lethal in front of goal and a player who likes to go at defenders 1v1 and we saw that with the performances he produced off the bench at…
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Author : Luke Duden
Publish date : 2022-09-14 16:45:00
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