Leicester City defender James Justin has told the club’s official website that he tried his hardest not to celebrate after scoring against his former club.
The Foxes defeated Luton Town 4-0 at Kenilworth Road to reach the last 16 of the Carabao Cup with Justin among the scorers.
Boss Brendan Rodgers signed Justin for £10 million (The Sun) from the Hatters during the summer and made his first appearance last night.
The 21-year-old scored the second of four goals on a night when the Foxes ran riot.
Justin spoke of his delight at making his debut after the game but was grateful for the reception from the supporters who used to worship him.
He told the club’s official website: “It was basically what I was dreaming of the night before, and I’m just happy to go out there and show everyone what I can do. It’s a great team performance and I’m happy to get on the scoresheet as well.
“I tried my hardest not to celebrate to obviously respect my home club. It was a really nice reception from all the fans, and I’m grateful.
“It’s nice to get on the scoresheet but as a defender, we’ve got to keep the ball out of the net, so I’m glad to have done it.”
TBR – Justin offers Rodgers selection headache
Justin has been kept out of the team so far this season by Ricardo Pereira and his form has been decent.
Rodgers now has a dilemma, however, with Justin showcasing his talents at both ends of the pitch against Luton Town.
With the 21-year-old off the mark, he will be keen for more minutes and the boss must now decide how best to utilise him.
Justin’s emergence highlights just how much quality is in the squad that Rodgers has built at Leicester and his presence will further enhance their chances of a strong campaign.