Newcastle United smashed their club transfer record in the summer window as they decided to bring Alexander Isak in from Real Sociedad.
Dan Ashworth brought the Sweden international in for a reported fee of £59m to bolster Eddie Howe’s options at the top end of the pitch.
The 22-year-old has scored one goal in two Premier League matches since arriving at St. James’ Park and looks set to compete with Callum Wilson, who started the first three games of the campaign and scored twice, for a place in the team.
The £80k-per-week dud has struggled badly since making the move to Tyneside as he has failed to make a significant impact in the final third.
He has scored twice in 23 Premier League appearances for the Magpies and offers very little in the way of creativity. The striker ranks in the third and fourth percentiles for xG assisted and shot-creating actions respectively per 90 among players in his position in Europe’s top five leagues over the last 365 days, which shows that he is way below par when it comes to creating chances for his teammates.
Howe should, therefore, be looking to move the striker on at the next available opportunity as he does not offer enough in terms of goals or creativity to warrant a long-term place in the squad, particularly now that he is in his 30’s and is not a young player with potential.
The Magpies are reportedly in advanced talks to sign Garang Kuol from Central Coast Mariners and the youngster’s prospective arrival could pave the way for Wood to be shown the exit door.
Signing the teenager could allow Howe to jettison the former Burnley man from the squad in January as Kuol could take up the third striker spot in the squad.
At the age of 18, he is unlikely to be a player who comes straight into the first-team with the quality to challenge for a place in the starting line-up. The Australian international has only played nine senior matches in his club career, for Mariners, and would come in as a gem with the scope to develop over the years.
Football talent scout Jacek Kulig dubbed him a “sensation” and described him as a “wonderkid“, which suggests that he has the ability to go on to achieve great things. Kuol’s record of four goals and one assist in his nine professional games backs this claim up as he has been able to make a huge impact in the final third in spite of his inexperience and age.
He is a young player with the potential to improve and has already shown that he has a knack for finding the back of the net on a regular basis. The gem could benefit from coming in to learn from the likes of Isak and Wilson, whilst being given the odd chance to play minutes in the Premier League, and eventually develop into someone who could be a key player for Howe.
Therefore, signing Kuol could allow the manager to cash in Wood as the youngster can provide back-up to the first-choice options, potentially on less than £80k-per-week, and be useful in the future, rather than being in the final years of his career.