Kevin Mbabu hasn’t played for any Newcastle side as yet, but as with most youngsters coming into the club, he is being given ample time to settle in, and this lad came to Newcastle as one of the best young players at his age in Europe.
Kevin Mbabu – in training at Newcastle
Kevin was the sixth player Newcastle brought into the club in January, with the five Frenchmen the other players – all of whom have started in the Newcastle first team.
And we expect more young players like Kevin to be brought into the club this summer, and that will probably be the bulk of the transfers this summer, although we still need a couple of new players to fill out the first team squad.
This is what the 17 year-old had to say in the Match-day program:
“I’m settling in really well in my first few weeks here.” “It is thanks mostly to the players, who have given me a fantastic welcome.”
“They have all been very kind. Of course, the French-speaking players have been great but I have also been spending a lot of time with the likes of James Tavernier, Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic.”
“When I first arrived it was them who actually approached and talked to me first.” “I train mostly with the Reserves but from time to time – maybe once or twice a week – I am with the first-team and that is when there is a massive step up in terms of the rhythm.”
“My long-term aim is to play as a first-team player. I am only 17 so there is a long way to go but in the future I hope to integrate into the first-team and to succeed with them.”
“Since I was three years old, I have had my current hairstyle.” “However, it took a lot of time to get like it is now.” “I didn’t like people touching my hair at all so my mum decided it would be useful for me to get my hair like this so no-one would touch it.”
“The most tiring part of it is looking after it. But now, because I’ve had it done, everybody wants to touch my hair! It’s quite ironic.”
Kevin and his hair-do have played for the Switzerland U16, U17, U18 and U19 sides so far, and with his high visibility at Newcastle now, he should continue to play for the national side as he gets older.
Mbabu is an ambitious lad, and he chose Newcastle over other clubs who were interested in him, and they included Manchester United – so Newcastle must be doing a few things right these days.
We have very high hopes for this talented youngster, who has a great attitude and excellent temperament – and now he needs to start getting some games under his belt on Tyneside.
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