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Mitrovich Is A Special Player – But Mbemba Is Even Better

10:19 pm, Friday, July 17th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 33 Comments

There’s an interview in the Chronicle today with Belgian freelance journalist Philippe Vinck, and he knows all about  Belgium football as you can see on his Twitter account.

In his interview with Mark Douglas he says that Aleksandar Mitrovic is raw but a special player but he say that center-back Chancel Mbemba is an even better player.

If only we knew the real age of Chancel which is anywhere between 21 and 26.

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Chancel Mbemba in action against Borussia Dortmund last season

This is what Vinck has said about the 20 year-old striker, and we still don’t know which club he will join this summer:

“He’s a special player,” “He’s not your average striker and not your average guy. Around the box he’s very good, he’s very strong and of course he can finish as well, which explains his excellent goal record for Anderlecht last season.”

“But he is not yet the finished article. You almost get the impression sometimes when you watch him that he is lazy on the pitch but if you study him closely, he is a very hard worker.”

“Dennis Praet was a star man but when he got injured, Mitrovic stepped up. He played really well in a 4-3-3 system,  but he needs players to cross the ball to him and really, he needs to play with a support striker. That’s when he’s at his best.”

“I think his reputation as a hot-head was over-stated. People get the wrong impression – he’s a nice kid.”  “He would be a success in England but my one reservation is it might be coming a bit too early.¨

“Jose Mourinho has decided that he’s not quite ready for Chelsea yet, he maybe needs another year. With games at Newcastle he may be a big success, but it’s not a guarantee.”

That’s an interesting comment about Chelsea’s interest in Aleksandar, with headlines across England last night and today,  that Chelsea will move in and beat Newcastle to the young striker.

Both Mitrovic and Mbemba were held back from training at Anderlecht today, and it was thought that both may be close to a transfer – with Newcastle of course being one of the likely destinations.

Vinck thinks Mbemba is a better player than Mitrovic, and could be a great singing for us:

“If Newcastle get him I believe it would be the signing of the summer.” “I think he’s better than Mitrovic – he’s quick, he’s strong and he has all the potential.”

“I already think he’s the best defender in Belgium.”   “He was fantastic against Arsenal and he would be terrific in the Premier League.”

OK – I’m a believer in Mbemba – but if we do get both players through the door that will be one player each in the two areas that we were really weak in last season – striker and center-back.

So that would be really good news.

And with the great Georginio Wijnaldum already on board, things will start to buzz on  Tyneside again.

Here’s hoping …..

Comments welcome.

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Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

33 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jul 17, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 kilcline // Jul 17, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Need 4 quality first teamers and get rid of the dead wood.

    Hope toonfromleeds is ok

  • 3 optimistic prime // Jul 17, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Jeff out

  • 4 Jib // Jul 17, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Jeff out
    (who is Jeff ?)

  • 5 Graeme // Jul 17, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Getting these two players signed up and over that damn line would certainly lift some of the doom and gloom that has decended lately. Its not like we can’t affoed these players, thats for sure.

    The lack of TWO CB’s would be almost criminal in intention. Colo is ok as a back-up but should no longer be a first choice for the team sheet. Willo and Saylor should be out before the season starts.

  • 6 lesh // Jul 17, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Jib. You ask who’s Jeff – why not ask Jane!

  • 7 Belfast // Jul 17, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Kilcline out!

  • 8 bettyswallocks // Jul 17, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Jib……. Are you married?

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Jul 17, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    I think STaylor and Willo are what’s holding up buying new CB’s

  • 10 giimps // Jul 17, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Kilcline, what’s up with toonfromleeds mate?

  • 11 Belfast // Jul 17, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Was that your chat up line Betty?

  • 12 Graeme // Jul 17, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Jail – I think you could well be right. The Illustrious Owner will not want to have 2 New CB’s plus Jammal as well as paying for the shite we have at the moment.
    Unfortunately, it looks as though Penfold is a “One task at a Time” manager!! Or incompetant, if he was in our line lol

  • 13 bettyswallocks // Jul 17, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Belfast….. No just putting the feelers out. Is he married?

  • 14 Belfast // Jul 17, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Yes I believe so.

  • 15 Bobbybee // Jul 17, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    It would blow my mind to see these two at the toon – yet i suspect i’ll have to rely on a j to do that. The defender, who’ve we’ve enquired about recently, i can see coming. If so, brilliant. Just not so sure on mitrovic. He appears to believe that six group games – possibly losing ones – is better than 38 really competitive games, plus cups. How do you argue, when logic fails?

  • 16 Jib // Jul 17, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    The beauty of Mitrovic and Mbemba is they are underage for squad purposes (depending on which of 4 birth certificates Mbemba uses)
    Anyone born after Jan1st 1994 qualifies ( a bit like racehorses)

  • 17 Our Toon // Jul 17, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Bobby Lee

    If you want logic with Mitrovic then joining the toon should be his absolute last resort. Porto so more than just play 6 group games, they won it around a decade ago, won the EL less than a decade ago aswell. We don’t have a great record and nurturing talent do we?

  • 18 Our Toon // Jul 17, 2015 at 11:02 PM


    I though he was married to Jeff or was it Jane?

  • 19 welshgeordie9 // Jul 17, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    We won’t be getting those two or Austin, I will bet anyone.

  • 20 optimistic prime // Jul 17, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    What happened to the young lad that was meant to be our first signing, Toney or something.

  • 21 check the toastie // Jul 17, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Offkey – the Div comment was directed at Mitroprick if you actually read my post without prejudice, not sure why you would think I would throw an insult at you for no reason, fraction weird but hey hoh, life goes on.

    Seen plenty of Mitroprick and people are just getting excited over potential rather than substance, he is no loss to our great club.

    Up shteves Revolution…

  • 22 bettyswallocks // Jul 17, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Welsh……… I will bet you we get Mitrovic or Austin. How will we arrange it? How much do you want to bet?

  • 23 welshgeordie9 // Jul 17, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    My bet is in wrestling terms i quit match.

  • 24 Graeme // Jul 17, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Betty – would be very happy with Mitrovic & Cisse this season, move Cisse out next season and upgrade him with someone to compliment Mitrovic.
    He will be 12 months in the team, well settled and ready to hit the heights.

  • 25 welshgeordie9 // Jul 17, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Wow you don’t see this every day


    Share Comment
    Morning Jolt: Squirrel detained for stalking woman
    Posted Jul 17, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    In the news
    Police in Bottrop, Germany, detained a squirrel after a woman claimed it was stalking her. The rodent was later found to be suffering from exhaustion and was revived with pieces of apple and honey tea.

    That’s nuts.

  • 26 Bobbybee // Jul 17, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    I was being slightly facetious, not meaning porto will get ko’d in the groups, it was more about their league vs ours. My point was more looking at the worst scenario. Look at city and liverpool, it does happen. Which league would he learn more from? As for nurturing talent, we ‘ve been poor to be mild, but in Macca and Cathco, we’ve got two people who emphasise greatly on youth. He would get wonderful coaching from both, especially Cathco.

  • 27 Fog-on-the-Tyne // Jul 17, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    @Optimistic Prime

    Blast back…

  • 28 bettyswallocks // Jul 17, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    Graeme……….. I agree, he could be what. We’ve been craving since Shearer.

  • 29 optimistic prime // Jul 17, 2015 at 11:30 PM


    I’ll watch them all tomorrow 🙂

    Where was that pitch?
    It looks line Benfields pitch

  • 30 optimistic prime // Jul 17, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Oldham town, just checked.

  • 31 stagman // Jul 17, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Our need is greater for defenders than strikers. All the reports seem to target strikers, lets hope we have some CB’s on the radar

  • 32 Fog-on-the-Tyne // Jul 17, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    Seriously was that Oldham Town. I know it was mainly filmed in Manchester tho.

  • 33 nufc 11 // Jul 18, 2015 at 12:54 AM

    To be A top cb in the pl you have to have a few things about you a leader an organiser fast a good header of the ball and strong in the tackle spot danger early be able to bully strikers they ent grow on threes do they? Willo or Colo need not apply michael Dawson for me is captain fantastic material.

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