World Cup record breaker posts 46-word message ahead of Newcastle United move

Garang Kuol of Newcastle United FC takes a penalty during the exhibition match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Newcastle United FC at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 22, 2024 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)Garang Kuol of Newcastle United FC takes a penalty during the exhibition match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Newcastle United FC at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 22, 2024 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Garang Kuol of Newcastle United FC takes a penalty during the exhibition match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Newcastle United FC at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 22, 2024 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Newcastle United will loan the 19-year-old out for a third time next season.

Garang Kuol has reflected on the “surreal experience” of making his Newcastle United debut as he prepares for a loan spell that will likely determine if he is able to do it again.

The 19-year-old linked with Eddie Howe’s squad for their controversial post-season trip to Australia. Kuol appeared as a 70th minute substitute and converted his penalty in the 5-4 shootout victory over Tottenham Hotspur. Less than 48 hours later, he played a full 90 minutes as a youthful team were thrashed 8-0 by the A-League All Stars.

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Despite the visit ending on a sour note, it didn’t dampen Kuol’s outlook after making his non-competitive Toon debut in the country he represented at the 2022 World Cup. He also previously played for Central Coast Mariners, the team United signed him from in January 2023.

Reflecting on the experience, Kuol posted on Instagram: “Never would’ve dreamt of debuting on home soil in front of my family and friends for this amazing club. Thank you @nufc and the great group of lads for the surreal experience. Appreciate all the love from everyone, we keep learning & growing everyday. Thank God 🤍🖤”

Less than a month before joining Newcastle, Kuol became the youngest player since Pele in 1958 to feature in the World Cup knockout stages. However, the promise and excitement surrounding the winger has dwindled since.

In his two loan spells at Scottish Premiership side Hearts before and Dutch outfit FC Volendam, Kuol has struggled for game time. In Scotland, Kuol amassed 197 minutes of league action. And in the Netherlands, he last played a competitive match in November, starting just eight of his 15 league appearances and scoring once.

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Speaking to the Australian media, Howe confirmed Kuol will once again go out on loan next season, and he strongly hinted at it needing to be a successful one in order to have a chance of making it on Tyneside.

The Newcastle boss said: “I think it’s always difficult to say for certain what’s going to happen with a player at this stage, there is a long way to go before the season starts. But possibly another loan spell for him will be important.

“He’s had a couple of loan spells now and I think he needs the next one to be a successful one. He needs more game time for that happen.”

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Our Newcastle United writer Jordan Cronin will be there all week, providing coverage of the tour, behind the scenes video and analysis from the Far East.

Eddie Howe's men take on Urawa Red Diamonds at the Saitama Stadium on Wednesday, July 31. They then face J.League runners-up Yokohama F. Marinos on Saturday, August 3.

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