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Garang Kuol was in attendance at the Emirates Stadium as Newcastle United held Arsenal to a goalless draw.

Garang Kuol has landed in England after officially becoming Newcastle United’s first January signing.

The 18-year-old agreed to join the Magpies from A-League outfit Central Coast Mariners in September but the move could not be ratified until the opening of the transfer window.

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Kuol bid farewell to the Mariners on New Year’s Eve, where he received a standing ovation when substituted late on during a 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory.

The teenage forward, alongside members of his family, travelled to the United Kingdom on Tuesday. He then made the visit to the Emirates Stadium to watch Newcastle United’s goalless draw with Premier League leaders Arsenal.

Kuol is expected to be at the club’s training ground this week to hold sit-down talks over his short-term future amid interest from several European clubs.

Regardless of his work permit situation, which hasn’t yet been confirmed, United’s plan is to send Kuol out on loan for the second half of the campaign.

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Until a temporary fix is found, Kuol could indeed train with Eddie Howe’s first team, who face Sheffield Wednesday in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday evening.

Newcastle United’s latest signing Garang Kuol. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)Newcastle United’s latest signing Garang Kuol. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
Newcastle United’s latest signing Garang Kuol. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

Kuol enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2022 by scoring six times and providing four assists in 17 appearances for the Central Coast Mariners, as well as being selected for Australia’s World Cup squad, where he played against France and Argentina.

Former youth coach Craig Carley believes Kuol has the potential to become one of the best players in the world.

Carley told the Toon Under Podcast, last year: “He’ll have a good role model in Saint-Maximin at Newcastle.

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(He’s) very, very similar in terms of pace. He loves to beat a man and drive into the box. He’s got that X-Factor.

“Someone like Mbappe, it’s a big call but that’s how high I believe he can go. I believe he can be one of the best players in the world.

“He’s just so direct and loves to beat a man, drive into the box, score and create goals.

“It’s scintillating to see, he’s going to be a star. I really do believe he will go on to be one of the best players in the world.”

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