Teenage NPL 2 goalmachine Alou Kuol is rumoured to be a Melbourne Victory transfer target, but his coach, ex AFC Wimbledon forward Craig Carley, believes this rough diamond could even play overseas.
FTBL’s scouting network identified Khartoum-born Kuol, who has just turned 18, as potential A-League talent.
Like Mo Awad at NPL 1 side Melbourne Knights, Alou has been an instant success with his regional club, Shepparton-based Goulburn Valley Suns in Victoria’s NPL 2.
After a blistering season for the club’s U20s last year - bagging 20 goals in 12 games - Kuol has effortlessly stepped up to first-team football.
The striker, who can play wide as a winger, is currently the top scorer in Victoria’s NPL 2 East with 13 goals.
And he's learning off an English pro who knows all about goal scoring.
His coach and striker partner at the third-tier Victorian outfit, former AFC Wimbledon, Fulham youth and England C striker Craig Carley, describes the teen as raw but with massive potential.
“He’s been a revelation since playing senior football. He’s a natural goalscorer, proving everyone wrong time and time again,” Carley, the club’s player-coach, told FTBL.
“He could pursue options here or overseas professional. He’s an explosive talent. Clinical and a finisher.
“He’s one of the most talented kids I’ve ever worked with,” added Carley, who first coached Kuol in the Suns’ U14 side.