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Young LuaLua Makes Case For First Team

Kazenga LuaLua signaled his return to full fitness and form on Tuesday night with two well taken goals to take the bairns through to the 4th round of the FA Youth Cup in front of watching Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear.

Kazenga LuaLua – two goal hero on Tuesday night

The Newcastle Academy product and younger brother of former Newcastle striker Lomana LuaLua said yesterday (his 18th birthday):

“I can celebrate my birthday very happily today.”

It was a really good birthday present, and a really good win.”

“We just want to continue our progress in the competition.”

Of course last season the youngsters were knocked out at the first hurdle at St. James’ Park, when Shrewsbury Town scored a last minute winner to eliminate the Magpies last December, with Big Sam looking on.

So it was good to see the lads go through even though the result was close, and LuaLua’s winning goal came with just 3 minutes remaining in the game.

LuaLua added:

“We should have won the game last year, and it was disappointing to go out early.” “It’s an important competition.”

“You always want to play in the Youth Cup, and it was a really good night for us.”

It was a good team effort by the Under-18 side, and it was their 10th win on the tort. Sam Ameobi had a good game, with older brother Shola showing his support from the stands, and the crowd was around 1,100 for the game, which wasn’t too bad.

Another teenager who came on as substitute was Greg McDermott, who came on in front of his dad, former Liverpool and Newcastle great, Terry McDermott, who was also in the crowd on Tuesday evening.

Speaking about his two goals on Tuesday night, LuaLua continued:

“For the first goal it was a good pass from Ryan Donaldson, and a good goal.”

“At first I tried to pass to Nile, but then I just hit it, and when it went into the back of the net I was really pleased.”  “We needed an early goal.”

“We tried to score a second, but they made it 1-1. I scored with five minutes left in the game, and we were happy to go through.”

“When they scored, they started to dominate us.”

Of course, to the dismlay of then manager kevin Keegan, Kazenga injured himself playing tennis during the summer before suffering a new ankle injury in a friendly with Newcastle Blue Star earlier in the season.

Kazenga continued:

“That’s all behind me now.” “I was injured for three months because I played tennis, which was silly.”  “I’m just happy to play football again.”

“I’m feeling fit. I played the full game, and I’m feeling good.” “There are no problems at all.”

Kazenga has been a standout for a couple of years now at Newcastle, but we’ll just have to see how much Joe Kinnear will give chances to some of our younger players. LuaLua has appeared 5 times as a sub for Newcastle United so far in his career.

But don’t be surprised if LuaLua makes the first team squad for the trip to Portsmouth this weekend.

He deserves it.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • LooneyToon

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Went to the game on Monday and Lua Lua was outstanding. Not just his goals, his all round play, movement, awareness was a cut above everyone else on the pitch. He has pace coupled with creativity that is sadly lacking from our midfield at present…..A place on the bench is the least he deserves at present…

    Nile Ranger, although he missed 2 or 3 good chances, still had a very good game. Good in the air, strong and pacey. Linked up the play very well, especially with Lua Lua and wasnt afraid to run in behind either. Has come on leaps and bounds in the past 3-4 month. The most promising thing was he kept getting himself into goalscoring opportunities and never let his head drop…Not 100% sure if he is ready for the 1st team quite yet but if he keeps improving the way he has over the past few month, he has every chance in the future..(He scored with a terrific header that was incorrectly ruled out for offside.)
    Another lad that really stood out for me was a centre half called James Tavernier. Not the tallest of defenders but an excellent reader of the game and was very good on the ball. One to watch…
    Last but not least Mr Aaron Spear. He didnt get on. But he was warming up before the game and at half time. Without getting too carried away, he “looks” like a player….His 1st touch was nothing short of tremendous and he was pinging them in from all over the parish….Small and stocky, he had an aura that he knew he was good.
    Dissapointed he didnt get on but he is only 15 (may have just turned 16) and this is under 18 level. You dont get involved at that age if there is nowt going in your favour…

  • The Entertainers

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Lua Lua is that spark we have often lacked from the bench this season.

    For me at least him on the bench is a no brainer!

  • ashleys a tight c***

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #3

    i agree been wanting to see him get more 1st team action for a while now, does anybody know how much we paid for ranger???

  • Irish_Toon9

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Is he anything like his brother…i.e passing and awareness shocking??? Hope not as reading the reviews of him he seems like a better player than Lomano…get him on the bench for the next home game and throw him on for the last 20..if we are winning or losing

  • Irish_Toon9

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Ranger was free…was released by southampton..bad attitude or something along those lines

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Thanx lonneytoon,
    top write up mate!..

  • HeronMag

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #7

    There have been a few of us on this blog who have been advocating Lua-Lua for the first team for a year or so now.

    He would give an extra attacking dimension in midfield. He should be on the bench at least as back up for Jonas and Zog.

  • k k forever

    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #8

    keegan thought enough ov him to put him in the squad so why not joken kinear

  • Simon

    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #9

    There are a number of youngsters that should be brought in at some stage, carling cup would have been good, ah la arsenal.

    I think one of the most important signings for us to make in jan is to make sure we keep Money as coach for the younglings.

    He mustnt be allowed to leave as 10 wins on the bounce represents a good omen for the future.

    I must admit, it does bring a little relief to know we have some decent youth players, the trick is to now bring them through, something we havent really done very well.

  • Darling27

    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Should have been on the bench last saturday.

  • Partizan

    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Send Lua Lua on loan for christ sake,what kind of back up are you all talking about.
    We’re fighting for our lives,and we can’t afford to put that extra pressure on our youngsters.
    We’ll demoralize him instantly,just send him in some championship club where he’ll play regularly.


    Dec 11, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Does Kazenga play on the Right side of midfield??????
    sounds and looks like a great player,we need to start bleeding them soon.

  • Ian

    Dec 11, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #13

    He should be in the first team now, he has deserved a place ever since his first team debut, very good player who will end up like Carroll if we are not careful. I would play him central midfield, inside Jonas, with Nzogbia to his left and see how he plays, on from the bell then Butt taking over, keep doing that for a few games and see how he settles.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 11, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #14

    I defintely wouldn’t play him in the centre in the prem!

    But he should definitely be on the bench most games.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 11, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #15

    LooneyToon – ta for that 1st-hand info.

    Why do more people not go to these games? I went to see Kaz, Carroll and co play in Workington 3 years ago and it was £8 very well spent.

    Even then, Kaz was the stand-out player. I see the point about needing experience, but when that doesn’t work, it is sometimes worth introducing a wild-card like him to shake it up.

    He certainly looks a lot better than his inconsistent bro, and you have to admit that he’s exactly the type of player – age aside – that we’re missing in the 1st team right now.

    I think he deserves to be on the bench and used for 20 minutes. He could turn out to be our key player this term.

  • Piers

    Dec 11, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #16

    It’s always tough to incorporate youngsters in the premiership…..Case in point : Arsene’s Kids!!

    However they should be on the bench and hopefully gaining experience by watching the first team. Lua Lua and Ranger really look like they have a special connection. If one of them gets called up, i bet they both do.

  • Piers

    Dec 11, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #17

    P.S. – this is very exciting news for Newcastle fans


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