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.
This year, in senior football, Kuol took time to adapt to the physical nature as a hold-up forward.
But playing wider and getting into one on ones have seen his game explode.
Carley knows all about being a successful forward.
The now 34-year-old coach scored 33 times in 26 games for the club in 2015. He’s also a former Golden Boot with the Shepparton-based outfit, smashing a staggering 55 goals in 61 league games.
London-born Carley was also Shane Smeltz’s strike partner at AFC Wimbledon earlier in his career.
“I’ve told Alou, if you want to take your game to the next level, you’ve got to prepare more professionally and do more away from the club than you do at training," he said.
“He’s starting to understand that. And if he can sharpen up on his first touch, and awareness off the ball, he can go on and play at the highest level. I really do.”
It’s understood Sudan-born Kuol’s younger siblings are worth watching too.
Carley added: “Alou can play a number of positions, and he excels in them all. He can make a career out of football,” added Carley, who has been based in Victoria for most of the decade.
“Over this last year to 18 months, he’s started to realise he can make a good career out of football. If he works hard. And I think he has the attitude to do that."
It’s understood Victory, who had a look at Kuol last year, will take another look at him later this year with a view to signing him.
They already have another Sudan-born striker in former Heidelberg NPL goal machine Kenny Athiu.
“I believe Alou has more potential than Kenny," said his coach.
"He can excel what Kenny has done and become a regular A-League player, at least."