Who Is Ipswich Target Garang Kuol?

You may have heard the gossip surrounding Newcastle United winger Garang Kuol, but what do we know about him? Well, first things first, he is just 18 years of age, so if Town take him on, I doubt whether he would be playing every week. And this adds to the confusion. Why would Town recruit a player on a short-term loan, if they have no intention of playing the kid regularly? It does not appear to make a lot of sense.

Goerdies boss Eddie How confirmed yesterday that Kuol was not ready for the Premier League quite yet. Kuol joined Newcastle United in January, after he represented Australia in last autumn’s World Cup finals in Qatar. “I think it’s probably too early for him to be part of our first-team picture here next year. I think potentially another loan spell will do him good, as he continues to develop to the pace of this league.”

The rumour is that Ipswich have agreed in principle to take the player on a short-term loan but Howe won’t be satisfied if he spends all his time on the fringes of the first team – or even on the bench. This is why I find it all a bit baffling. What is the plan concocted by both clubs? I acquired this information from a regular viewer of my Being Frank On Ipswich daily vlog on You Tube but one has to ask is this mere speculation, or is there more substance to it? We know this kid is a hot talent so he has to learn his trade somewhere, and perhaps the Championship would be the perfect spring board for a player who has been earmarked as one who has a bright future in the game.

Garang Mawien Kuol was born on the 15th of December 2004 to Sudanese parents, and his family fled Sudan, and stayed in Egypt for a year, before they moved to Australia as refugees where they settled in Victoria. In the 2021/22 season he scored six goals in 18 games for the Central Coast Mariners and has already made 5 appearances for the Austrailian national team. On the 12th of January Kuol was loaned out to Premier League side Heart of Midlothian but struggled to make much of an impact.

That was until a few days ago, when he scored his first goal for the club against Glasgow Rangers, striking in the 4th minute of extra time, after coming on as an 83rd minute substitute to earn his side a 2-2 draw at Ibrox. He is the youngest player to have ever played in a World Cup for the Aussies, so I guess that tells us something!