Kevin Mbabu was signed by Newcastle from Swiss side Servette last month for a fee of around £1M, and Newcastle beat off interest from Manchester United and Arsenal, although after he signed Kevin said he always wanted to join Newcastle – who were his first choice over Arsenal and Manchester United. So he’s also very intelligent.
Kevin Mbabu - 17 year-old highly regarded youngster
Kevin has played for all the Swiss Youth sides through U19 level, and he’s played 3 times at that level so far – not bad for a 17 year old – and he played once for Servette.
The youngster can play full-back or center-back and can also play in defensive midfield, so he’s a versatile player.
And my son Neil pointed out that Kevin was among the players celebrating against Chelsea, when Moussa Sissoko scored that sensational winner on 90 minutes – so he’s been around the first team squad since he arrived, although he’s now training with the Development squad.
This is what the very likable Mbabu told the Shields Gazette today:
“I don’t know when I’ll get my chance, but when I have my chance, I will give 100 per cent,” “I’m very happy to be here. Newcastle is a big club. I came here to be a big player at Newcastle – I want to make a career here.”
“It was my dream to play in England when I was young.” “Every time I watched a Premier League game, I dreamed of playing in England.” “This is a very good stadium with a very good atmosphere. I was at the Chelsea game. It was incredible.”
“I’m with the youth team, and I’m going to finish my development.” “I have to work hard, and then we’ll see.” “Everyone at the club has been very friendly. I’m very happy here.” “My best position is right-back, but I can
Mbabu was on the radar screens of both Manchester United and Arsenal, but he wanted to come and join Newcastle after having a trail on Tyneside, and he was delighted when he singed near the end of the transfer window last month.
The fact that Kevin is a versatile player will also help him in his career at Newcastle.
In truth Newcastle have not been successful in bringing young players through at the club since Mike Ashley became the owner almost six years ago – so perhaps Kevin will change all that.
We hope so.
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