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Newcastle: Howe must unleash Garang Kuol in 2023

The January transfer window may still be a month or two away, yet Newcastle United have already acted astutely to wrap up their first piece of business, with highly-rated teenager Garang Kuol having agreed to join the Magpies in the New Year.

That deal – which was confirmed last month – will see the 18-year-old arrive at St James’ Park from A-League side, Central Coast Mariners, once the market re-opens, with the promising talent having enjoyed a stellar start to life at senior level.

The dynamic forward already has six goals and three assists to his name in just 13 league appearances for his current side to date, notably netting a brace off the bench during Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Macarthur FC to act as a perfect send-off ahead of his upcoming World Cup involvement with Australia.

His participation at the upcoming event is a historical one, with the teenager becoming the youngest player ever selected by the Socceroos for a World Cup. Thus, a breakout tournament in Qatar could well see him elevated to stardom before even linking up with his new teammates on Tyneside.

The one-cap sensation was lauded for his performance last weekend, despite ending up on the losing side, with the player’s current boss Nick Montgomery dubbing him a “lethal” presence in attack, while opposition head coach and former Manchester United icon Dwight Yorke dubbed him an “exciting talent” who had “singlehandedly changed the game.”

Such a glowing assessment has likely raised excitement levels in the northeast regarding the potential impact that Kuol can make when he eventually joins up with Eddie Howe and co, with the Egypt-born menace having notably been dubbed the “future of Newcastle” by talent scout, Jacek Kulig.

While it may not be wise to get too carried away just yet as the forward remains in the infancy of his senior career, the hope will be that he can go on to play a key part for the Tynesiders moving forward, even if there is a talk of loan move being on the cards in January in order to gain a work permit.

When Kuol does eventually emerge in Howe’s first-team plans, be it this term or the following campaign, his introduction could well help to bolster a forward line that is currently thriving at present, spearheaded by emerging talisman, Miguel Almiron.

The Paraguay international had scored just nine Premier League goals prior to the start of this season – including just one in 30 appearances last term – although already boasts a haul of eight goals in just 14 league games this time around.

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The club’s top scorer – and the sixth-highest scorer in the division – has enjoyed a real resurgence of late, with that remarkable upturn in fortunes having been recently recognised as the 28-year-old was named the Premier League’s Player of the Month for October.

With the former Atlanta United ace thriving on the right flank, in the long-term he could well be joined by young Kuol in the forward line – who can seemingly operate through the middle and on the left wing – with Howe potentially able to form a real mouthwatering attacking partnership.