Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke raves about ‘magical’ Socceroos youngster Garang Kuol – and explains how Australia can make it out of the World Cup group stage
- Dwight Yorke has lavished praise on Socceroos wonderkid Garang Kuol
- The 18-year-old scored two goals against Yorke’s Macarthur FC on Sunday
- There is plenty of excitement around Kuol who has signed for Newcastle
- Yorke labelled the youngster ‘magical’ and said he has the ‘x-factor’
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Dwight Yorke has lavished praise on Newcastle United wonderkid Garang Kuol, with the Manchester United legend unable to contain his excitement about the ‘magical’ Socceroos young gun.
Macarthur FC boss Yorke played a small part in Kuol’s sensational arrival in senior football, giving him a cameo against Barcelona for the A-League All Stars, which he grasped with both hands.
His exceptional performance helped convince Premier League outfit Newcastle to shell out just under £300,000 (AU$515,000) on the 18-year-old, and Yorke is convinced the teenager will go to the very top.
Dwight Yorke has lavished praise on the ‘magical’ Garang Kuol ahead of the 2022 World Cup
‘I first came across him in the All Star game against Barcelona … and in terms of his football intelligence I thought ‘wow’, and obviously he was sensational in that game when he came of the bench,’ Yorke told Wide World of Sports.
‘I thought nothing of him until I actually saw him close up and his rise has been notable, and he’s been tremendous to that point.’
Kuol bagged two goals for Central Coast Mariners against Yorke’s Macarthur last weekend and although the Bulls came through with a late winner, the former Man United star says the youngster has ‘the x-factor’.
Kuol scored twice against Yorke’s Macarthur and has travelled to Qatar for the tournament
The former Man United star believes Kuol has ‘the x-factor’ and has backed him to succeed
‘Yesterday was just another moment where you thought “this guy has certainly got the x-factor”, and he’s done it consistently since that move to Newcastle – he’s seemed to get stronger and fitter, and he’s one to watch out for,’ he said.
‘I’m not sure how Graham Arnold will use him in his squad, but he’s magical … yesterday we found out in no uncertain terms that he’s a special talent.’
As for the Socceroos, they have an uphill challenge to get out of their group and reach the knockout stages of this year’s World Cup in Qatar, with France, Denmark and Tunisia also vying for the two qualification spots.
But Yorke believes that Australia can defy the odds and make the last-16, and insists that Arnold will be targeting the Tunisia game to keep them in the mix ahead of their final group match against Denmark.
Yorke also thinks Australia can get out of their group and reach the knockout stages
‘It’s not impossible,’ York said of Australia’s chances.
‘ I think Australia will probably look at those two games [against Denmark and Tunisia] and think maybe, if we have a chance, these are the two games.
‘When you looked at the group in the first place as a manager or as players, you look at a particular game where you think you need three points,’ Yorke said.
‘This is probably the game that they’ll look at with a lot more confidence going into it, despite the difficult start against France in the opening game.
‘There’s no two ways about that – if they have any glimmer of hope of advancing into the knockout stage, this will be the game that they need to capitalise on.’
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