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Arsenal, Barcelona great Henry gives ringing endorsement of NYRB trialist Luyindula

Peguy Luyindula is a very competent footballer according to New York Red Bull captain Thierry Henry.

The pair have played together in the France national team in the past and ex-Arsenal and Barcelona star Henry is well aware of the 33-year old who has had a very successful career with the likes of Strasbour, Lyon, Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain.

Luyindula is on trial with the Red Bulls and according to Henry, he perhaps should be given an opportunity for the 2013 MLS season.

"He won the league three years in a row with Lyon. (They were) very dominant not only in France….but they were a good team, and he was playing," Henry told the NY Post.

"He came up with the national team six times, when it wasn't bad to come up to the national team, because we had a hell of a team. Great player, back to the net, he knows where the goal is, he can hold the ball well, clever runs, so hopefully if it does happen he's going to bring that to us."

However, Henry added that Luyindula is in need of some match sharpness before he can be relied upon: "You need to have training sessions in your legs and hours of work on your legs to be able to perform.

"I don't care who you are, or skillful or not, everybody needs to be able to run for the 90 minutes. Where he is right now that's what he needs. He needs a bit of work.

"Obviously I'm not in the position to give him a contract."

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