Date: 6th September 2016 at 12:10pm
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A loan exit might have been right for Kazenga LuaLua, with Brighton’s former Newcastle winger reportedly subject of a deadline day approach from QPR, but it wasn’t for Albion.

Therefore a loan, which Chris Hughton had agreed too if this was the right one in the mind of the Brighton boss, was an option but was blocked in the end with Hughton deciding he needed him at the Amex Stadium.

Hughton told the Argus.

‘A loan for Kazenga was one we were always going to think about. At the moment we have got a lot of options in wide areas. I had a conversation with Kazenga more or less saying we would see what options there were and look at it and see where we are. We decided we didn`t think it was right to let Kazenga out.’

LuaLua commented ‘disappointed’ on Twitter once the window closed, which was clearly aimed at the fact he didn’t get the loan move he had wanted and thought he could be allowed to make.

Hughton could understand why he was disappointed after such a good season (when he was fit and available) last time round but has struggled for involvement this term from the off, but added the circumstances weren’t right for us.

‘His disappointment is nothing unusual. He is disappointed with the amount of games he has started and he is desperate to play. If the circumstances were right it is something we would have thought about.’

The only starts LuaLua has made this season have so far come in the League Cup, a start in the Championship has eluded him, with Hughton impressed by these two outings, concluding.

‘I thought in the two 90-minute games Kazenga has played, he has been very good. It had to be right at the time for us to let him go.’

We, and he (LuaLua), now know this situation isn’t going to change until January with it now down to him to knuckle down, impress in training and make it clear to Hughton he can’t afford to leave him out.

If he doesn’t do that and sulks at this lack of exit it’ll benefit no one!

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