There’s no doubt that Kazenga LuaLua impressed watching Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear on Tuesday night, when the youngsters defeated Oldham 2-1 in the 3rd round of the FA Youth Cup, and of course LuaLua scored both Newcastle goals.
Kazenga LuaLua – impressed on Tuesday night
Newcastle fans are well aware of Kazenga, who has appeared 5 times for the Newcastle first team, as a winger, and has looked an impressive youngster each time, with considerable skill.
With Newcastle so desperately short of central midfielders, there are some reports today that Kazenga could be on the bench at Portsmouth on Sunday, and if Butt or Guthrie get injured or are withdrawn, then Joe may slot LuaLua in central midfield.
If either Butt or Guthrie don’t make the game Joe may even risk starting Kazenga on Sunday, although that would be a gamble.
The youngster can play wide but he can also play in the center, and with his considerable skill, he could surprise a lot of us in the position. But it also shows how threadbare the Newcastle squad is when we may have to put an untested youngster in such an important position in the Newcastle side.
But that takes nothing away from the 18 year-old, who is one of our most impressive youngsters coming through the ranks, and we have lots of those right now.
We’ll look to see what team Joe lines up on Sunday, and we hope Butt and Guthrie can play, and we’ll look to see if Kazenga makes the bench, because if he does, don’t be surprised if he’s given a run-out sometime in the second half.
The youngster has certainly earned his chance, that’s for sure.