Newcastle boss Eddie Howe says he is “very excited” to land young striker Garang Kuol from Central Coast Mariners and says the attacking sensation will go out on loan.
The Magpies have agreed a deal for 18-year-old Kuol to join the club in January. The Australian scored four times in 10 appearances last season, although he did not start an A-League game. All his goals came after arriving as a substitute.
Some reports have the A-League side pocketing around £300,000 from Newcastle for the starlet, who has yet to make a first-team start.
But his burgeoning reputation was enhanced in May when an A-League All Stars XI played Barcelona in Sydney. Kuol was a substitute, but he impressed Barca, who ran out 3-2 winners.
The Catalan giants along with Stuttgart and Celtic and Borussia Dortmund were interested in the Australian who recently made his Socceroos debut. Newcastle though have a formal agreement in place ahead of a transfer in 2023.
Howe has revealed that the player will be loaned out before he will be considered part of his first-team squad.
Asked about his new arrival, Howe said: “Very excited. A young player with huge potential. I think it’s a show from the club and myself where we want to go in terms of signing young players and trying to develop them to be Premier League players in the future.
“He’s had a dramatic rise and he’s in a position that excites everybody but there needs to be patience shown.
“He’s sharp and agile and is a good finisher. A lot of positive ingredients that need to be nurtured.
“He’s a confident lad with high motivation. He had other offers – playing well against Barcelona recently elevated his status.
“We’ll look after him, he’ll go out loan and play a part behind the scenes and then hopefully when he comes here he can play a part in our future.”
Howe could welcome back Wilson
Howe has a number of senior striking options available to him. But recent signing Alexander Isak remains out through injury.
“He picked up an injury training with Sweden. He’s come back and the scan doesn’t look too bad so we’re not too concerned it’s a long injury but I think with any muscle injury there’s a period you have to be careful,” said Howe.
“Isak is running on grass so he’s looking good at the moment.
But Callum Wilson could return at Fulham.
“Callum has trained,” added Howe. “He’s trained for around 10 days with us now and is in a good place.
“Every time he comes back from an injury he does the work and doesn’t cut corners. He’s put a lot of work in with the sports science team too so he’s looked good.”