Newcastle United’s 19 year-old Kazenga LuaLua, on loan at Brighton, has been named October’s Young Player of the Month for the npower Football League.
Kazenga LuaLua – October Young Player of the Month
The 19-year-old winger scored two great long range goals for Brighton against Bournemouth and Charlton during the month, and at the moment Brighton are 4 points clear at the top of the league, with Charlton in second place.
LuaLua is a graduate of Newcastle’s top Youth Academy, and Kazenga made his Newcastle debut in January 2007 against Birmingham City, at the age of 16 years, and he had just turned 16 in the previous December.
Kazenga was on loan at Brighton at the end of last season, and went again in August on loan to the south coast team, and was asked to add goals to his game by Newcastle manager Chris Hughton.
And Kazenga obliged by hitting 4 goals in his 11 appearances this season, the first goals he has scored in first class football, before he was injured with a broken ankle a week last Saturday, and returned to Newcastle last week to start his rehabilitation which will take some months.
Kazenga talked about his award:
“The team’s been doing well and everyone’s buzzing, I’ve really enjoyed my second spell here.””My target for this season was to get more goals and I’ve scored a couple, including a good one against Bournemouth.”
“To be top of the league is more than I expected and the team just need to keep going.”
The Football League’s Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson said:
“Kazenga LuaLua is an exciting talent and the progress he has made this season highlights the beneficial effect competitive first team football has on the development of young players sent out on loan.”
The Young Player of the Month Award is officially awarded by The Football League to that young player who has made the most significant contribution when playing in the first team, and the player must be under 21 years of age.
This is a great achievement for Kazenga and we congratulate the youngster, and Newcastle manager Hughton will need to decide if Kazenga will return to Brighton once he’s fit again, which is expected to be in early February, but it could be that Chris thinks the lad is now ready to fight for his first team place at Newcastle.