NEWCASTLE fans are all saying the same thing after wonderkid Garang Kuol was named in Australia’s World Cup squad after just one cap.

The 18-year-old is joining the Magpies in January from Central Coast Mariners after the two clubs agreed a deal in September.

Kuol is tipped for big things and fans are looking forward to his January arrival

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Kuol is tipped for big things and fans are looking forward to his January arrivalCredit: Getty

He is highly-rated and many are tipping the forward to be one to watch in the future.

Kuol also has an incredible backstory, arriving down under as a six-year-old with his family who were refugees fleeing South Sudan.

Not many were expecting him to land a spot in Australia’s World Cup squad, which was announced earlier today.

Kuol only made his first appearance for his country in September when he became the youngest player to represent Australia since Liverpool ace Harry Kewell in 1996.

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It is fair to say the announcement has left Newcastle fans even more excited about the talent that will be arriving on Tyneside in the new year.

One particularly optimistic fan on Twitter said: “Walking into Newcastle as a world champ. What a man.”

Another fan saw the call-up as confirmation of Kuol’s ability. They wrote: “He’s the best player in the prem come January.”

In response, a fellow fan joked: “[Erling] Haaland has posters of Garang on his wall.”

The teenage star will officially complete his transfer to St James' Park next year

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The teenage star will officially complete his transfer to St James’ Park next yearCredit: Getty

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Another upbeat fan wrote: “Get ready to see some magic toon fans.”

One tweeter added simply: “Alright this kid is special.”

Incredibly Kuol is yet to start a game for Central Coast Mariners in the A-League ahead of his Newcastle move.

But expectations remain high and he won fans over even further last month when he turned up in the away end at Craven Cottage when Newcastle beat Fulham.

After his signing, Toon boss Eddie Howe said: “He’s very sharp, agile, quick, a good finisher.”

“He’s got a lot of very positive ingredients. That is going to be nurtured and developed in the next couple of years to get him at the right level for the Premier League. 

“I met him for the first time in person yesterday. That was a very good conversation. He is a very confident, independent lad who has got high motivation.”



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