Garang Kuol has been called up for Australia for their two friendlies against Ecuador during this international break. The 18-year-old will hope to add to his three caps, two of which came during the World Cup in Qatar.
Kuol has been on loan with Scotland’s Hearts since January. The young forward has not hit the ground running with just 1 start under his belt. He has made 9 appearances overall though it’s mainly been late cameos for Kuol.
The youngster has struggled to adapt to the Scottish Premiership. He is still coming to grips with the league’s physicality. Though in a recent interview, he revealed his belief that he will soon turn a corner. The Daily Record has published the following from Garang:
“Everyone you [play against] is here to fight. There’s big boys everywhere. But I feel like game by game, I keep adapting to the level of physicality. It’s definitely getting better, my physicality. I’m tracking my food, my weight every day … I’m just trying to stay focused on doing all that stuff, because it does make the difference.
“It’s been good to get that experience in. Training with the top players every day, with men – I think that’s the key to developing. The most important thing is what happens in training, and what happens when I get my opportunity on the pitch. That’s where all my attention’s going. I’m just trying to get as much minutes as possible, and that’s up to me, and what I do. Hopefully, I can get some stats up on the board.”
While it’s been tough going, this experience should benefit Kuol in the long term. Hopefully, he’ll get a steady string of starts before the season ends. Eddie Howe will then take a look at him over the summer though another loan move appears to be in his future.