Pardew Impressed By 20 Year-Old Kazenga LuaLua

Kazenga LuaLua is one of Newcastle’s bright young players, but it seems that Alan Pardew has already seen what he can do last season, when the youngster played against Southampton, while on loan to Brighton.

Kazenga LuaLua – good young player at Newcastle

On November 13th,  LuaLua broke his leg playing for Brighton (on loan) against Hartlepool United in a League One game, and returned to Newcastle for his rehabilitation.

The injury is thought to keep the youngster, who turned 20 earlier this month, on the sidelines for more than 10 weeks, and if that’s true, LuaLua could be back sometime in late February or more likely some time in March.

Brighton manager Gus Poyet would like to take him back on loan at Brighton,  where the Kinshasa, DR Congo born player has been outstanding this season, and has scored 4 sparkling goals in 11 appearances for the Seagulls.

Those are his first ever senior goals, and he also seems to be a big favorite with the Brighton fans.

Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Kazenga had a terrific game that day when I was manager for Southampton and he was at Brighton on loan.”

“He’s impressed me.” “You are jumping up two levels here,” “He’s aware of that. But he has got talent.”

And LuaLua seems to be recovering OK from his broken leg, but the bad news is that it is worse than he first thought.

This is what Kazenga said today:

“Everything went well.” “I’ve had a plate inserted and they had to fix some of the bones.”

“The doctor says it is a serious injury, more than 10 weeks.”

“That’s worse than I expected but there is nothing I can do – I’ve just got to get on with it.”

So Kazenga has joined Frenchman Ben Arfa, also on the sidelines with a serious double fracture of his left leg  – that’s the one he kicks the ball with –  which he sustained in early October at Eastlands.

It could be that both players will be returning about the same time, although there was news earlier in the month that Ben Arfa could be playing as soon as late January, although that may be a little optimistic.

It will be good to have both players getting in as many games as possible before the end of the season, and it could be that Kazenga will get those games on loan again at Brighton.

Ben Arfa will of course be playing in the Newcastle first team, once he’s fit again, and we need him back as soon as possible.

We hope that Alan Pardew can form a good relationship with the 23 year-old,  because it’s no secret that Ben Arfa believed in Chris Hughton, who is now no longer Newcastle manager of course.

We’d love for Newcastle to sign the French International – permanently – as soon as possible.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Thump

    Dec 18, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #1

    I hope he holds his own when he comes back, he pretty much set League 1 alight with all intents and purposes.

    What’s the ETA on King Arfa, and has Pardew spoke to him?

  • baro

    Dec 19, 2010 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #2

    I am not really impressed by this! Lua Lua was like the king Ronaldo of League 1. Dazzling through players terrorizing defenses, blasting long shots, beauty free kicks, and he is a very strong player. He has been at Newcastle for quite a while now can’t wait for him to come back now. Hope he can make it through the ranks now once fit from a serious injury.

  • Brutooon

    Dec 19, 2010 at 5:05 AM

    Comment #3

    I been impressed with him since 3 season ago. But neither managers gave him the chance to start or sub role


    Dec 22, 2010 at 5:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Everyone at the club waxes lyrical about how good this player is!

    Everyone that is apart from the trainers!

    Its really surprising that he has,nt left before now for another club. This kid must be totally frustrated, as he has,nt even got a lookin in at all the first team.

    This is one example of a player who should get his chance in the first team, and maybe he,ll get it with Pardew?


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