Of all the many Newcastle youngsters who could have gone out on loan through January, it seems that only two have done that so far this season.
Kazenga LuaLua – on loan to Brighton until early January
One of them is Fraser Forster, who has gone to Celtic, and started his career north of the border with a clean sheet in Ranger’s 1-0 win against Motherwell last Sunday.
The other is 19 year-old Kazenga LuaLua, who has gone back to Brighton and Hove Albion, where he played 11 games last season on loan.
The Newcastle United youngster made a huge impact during his Albion appearances last season, and finally got his desired return to Brighton last Tuesday afternoon.
Kazenga, who was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo and is the younger brother of former Newcastle striker Lomana, will be on loan until 3rd January, and a decision will be taken at that time whether he returns to Newcastle for the rest of the season.
Kazenga told the Brighton official site yesterday:
“It has been a long summer but I’m finally here and I’m very happy to be back. I knew that I was always going to come here no matter what happened, because everyone was so nice to me last season, and I had a good time – so I said that to the Newcastle manager Chris Hughton.”
“I made my mind up before the summer, because it’s always good for me to be playing games. I went back to Newcastle last season, after I injured my hamstring, but I spoke with Gus [Poyet] and my agent, and I said to both that I wanted to come back down, so I’m happy to be here.”
“I was hoping to play last night in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, but there was some sort of problem at the Newcastle end which delayed me signing. But I’ve signed now and that’s the most important thing because I’m here now.”
“I’m now looking forward to next weekend when I will hopefully play against MK Dons at Withdean. I have come here to do my best for myself, for Brighton, and for everyone else involved. Right now I’m playing for Brighton and I’m not thinking about anything else.”
Good words from Kazenga and the youngster already seems to be a favorite with the Brighton fans.
He received a good reception when he was again introduced to the Withdean crowd before the JPT (Johnstone’s Paint Trophy) fixture against Leyton Orient on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, Brighton lost that game 2-0.
Kazenga talked about the Brighton fans:
“When I played last season the fans were great to me. They always wanted to talk to me and ask me questions after the games. It’s so nice when the fans want you back, and it seems they do want me here so I want to thank them for that.
“At the moment I am here on loan until the New Year, and what happens after that will happen. If Brighton still want me they will have to talk to Newcastle but I’m just going to play my football and we’ll wait and see.
“I feel good and there is nothing wrong with me. I had a good summer, and a good pre-season with Newcastle, where I managed to play some games in the Carling Cup. I’m 100 percent fit and ready to go.”
Kazenga was outstanding for Newcastle in their 3-2 win Carling Cup win at Accrington Stanley last week, and he was our Man of the Match – with 43% of the vote.
So it’s not clear he will stay at Brighton past January, because he will have done himself a lot of good by playing so well in that last game at Newcastle, when the Newcastle club played six teenagers for the whole game.
But Kazenga needs first team games, and it’s good he’s going back to Brighton, and as we’ve said before it’s a win-win-win for all three parties involved.
We’ll be following Brighton and Kazenga through his loan spell, and we’ll be doing the same with Fraser Forster, up there in Glasgow.
We hope both lads do very well for their new clubs.