The Clarets new-catch Han-Noah Massengo says he consulted Lyle Foster before signing for Burnley FC. Massengo told Burnley FC website that Lyle Foster was among the people he contacted before signing for Vincent Kompany.
The midfielder penned for the Premier League rookies weeks ago from Bristol City in England.
BIG FAN OF PREMIER LEAGUE
The Villepinte-born said he was a big fan of the Premier League while back home in France. It was while in France that he made friends with the Bafana red-hot forward. Foster’s journey to the Premier League started from Monaco in French Ligue 1 six years ago.
The Soweto-born star went on to have a loan spell at K.V.C Westerlo in Belgium. One more loan spell followed at Vitoria de Guimarães FC in Portugal for the former Orlando Pirates forward. The towering centre-forward then returned to Westerlo on a permanent deal.
MAKING FRIENDS WITH FOSTER IN FRANCE
Massengo is among the football friends Foster made in France. However, even talks with Burnley boss Vincent Kompany could not initially convince the midfielder.
“I could see the manager and the club wanted me and I wanted to be a part of it. It meant a lot to me,” Massengo told Burnley website.
“I’m feeling really good. I have had talks with the manager. I just wanted to come here straight away. I’m more than ready! I can’t wait. I just want to get on the pitch.”
The 22-year-old played alongside Foster at Monaco sometime between 2016 and 2019.
WHAT BURNLEY NEW SIGNING SAID ABOUT BAFANA STRIKER
It was only after contacting the current Burnley leading Premier League scorer this season that Massego sealed the transfer.
“I used to play with Lyle at Monaco, so I know him and have spoken to him,” Massengo is quoted saying.
“I was also with [John] Browny at Bristol City and he was my captain there.”
The South African has made a promising start to life in the Premier League. He has scored in two consecutive games, including in the 2-5 loss to Tottenham Hotspur on September 2, 2023. Foster is now in Bafana’s camp after playing in the goalless draw with Namibia in a friendly on Saturday.
The Hugo Broos’ men are now focusing on the game against DR Congo on Tuesday.