One of our best up-and-coming youngsters at the Newcastle club, is 17 year-old Kazenga LuaLua, who is the brother of former Newcastle player Lomana LuaLua, who was at the club under Sir Bobby Robson.
Kazenga LuaLua – doing very well at Newcastle
LuaLua talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œThis season has been fantastic for me.” â€œWhen I came on at Stoke to make my debut I was really, really proud.”
â€œIt was a dream come true.”
“I thought I had a good game, and Sam Allardyce said to me after the game I had done really well, and just to keep going.”
â€œAnd thatâ€™s what I did under Kevin Keegan.â€
His brother Lomana, who moved from Portsmouth last year is now playing for Greek club Olympiakos in the European Champions League, and has done extremely well at the Greek club.
But Kazenga has his feet firmly on the ground, thanks partly to the help from his brother, and he’s also been well taken care of by Academy coach Joe Joyce and our new Reserve team manager Adam Sadler.
The 17 year-old continued:
â€œYou never know what is going to happen.”â€œBut there are exciting times ahead at Newcastle now.”
â€œAnd Iâ€™m really happy at the club.â€
â€œI know it was the end of season in the reserves, but I just kept on going in training.â€
Kazenga has an excellent attitude and it’s nice to see his is so positive about the club. He was rewarded at the end of the season, when Kevin Keegan brought him on as a substitute against Everton, in Newcastle’s last game of the season.
We expect the youngster to push for a first team place next season, although at just 17, he still has a long way to go in his football development, and the boy could even be sent out on loan next season to get some games under his belt.