Kazenga LuaLua has had two successful local spells at Brighton and he is now hoping he can make the grade at Newcastle next season.
Kazenga LuaLua – at Brighton – wants to make his mark next season
The 20 year-old Congo DR born player, had looked good at Brighton, before he broke his leg in January, to cut short his loan spell.
And last August, before he went on loan for a second loan spell to the south coast club, who gained promotion to the Championship last season, then Newcastle manager Chris Hughton told him he needed to add goals to his game.
Chris had said the same thing to a certain Andy Carroll in the previous December.
Kazenga obliged and hit his first 4 senior goals for Brighton in the 11 games he played there last season.
5’10” tall LuaLua talked to the local Newcastle press yesterday:
“I’m a Newcastle player, and at the moment all I’m focused on is coming back in pre-season and trying to impress the manager.”
“He hasn’t seen much of me, and I want to show him what I can do.” “It’s been a long time since I’ve been playing football – I was out for six months.
“It’s been a tough season for me, but my injury’s over now, and I’m just looking forward to pre-season.” “I had a good time at Brighton, and it was a shame to get injured, especially when I was doing well.”
“But these things happen in football, and you’ve got to move on.” “I could have been back earlier, but I had a setback.”
LuaLua got a run out as a a sub in the last few games of the season, and didn’t look out of place.
He has a total of 41 first team appearances in his career so far, with 15 of those being for the Newcastle side.
It would be good if Kazenga can come through next season, with one or two of the other good youngsters at the club.