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Chancel Mbemba Arrives In Newcastle – Photos And Tweets

4:18 pm, Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 67 Comments

It looks like Chancel Mbemba has arrived in Newcastle and he is booked into the Hotel Indigo on Fenkle Street.

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Chancel Mbemba in Newcastle

It looks like it was Newcastle fan Scott Hunt – a manager at Bonbar, who got the first photos out – well done!

The Bonbar bar and restaurant is also on Fenkle Street in Newcastle.

Here’s a tweet sent out by a Newcastle fan with Twitter username (handle) Newcastle_Toon

It looks like its him and the 20-year-old central defender arrived in a similar type Mercedes that greeted Georginio Wijnaldum at the airport, and was photographed both entering the hotel lobby, before exiting again and leaving ten minutes later.

Here’s a photo of him at St. James’Park.

chancel mbemba at st james'park

If all goes well Chancel will be introduced tomorrow as Newcastle’s 3rd new signing this summer, and will cost £8.5M from Anderlecht.

That will take Newcastle’s spending up to £35.5M so far this summer, and according to head coach Steve McClaren more on their way.

Comments welcome.

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

67 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Zangwill_Ho // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Is Joao Moutinho coming?

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Great stuff keep them coming. At least two more !

  • 4 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    I hope Cancel Mybimbo is a decent CB like.

  • 5 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Yes! Joao Mutinho is coming Zangwill!!! Then he’s leaving again….

  • 6 Belfast // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:23 PM


    I always enjoyed your articles good to see you back.

  • 7 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Cancel! Cancel!
    Cancel Mybimbo!!!

  • 8 Belfast // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Articles or players Jail ?

  • 9 Belfast // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Must be doing about twenty articles a day these days

  • 10 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    I only have one complaint about this article. It’s too long….too wordy…. Let’s just stick to the facts and cut out all the colourful phrases and rantings and ravings shall we? Harrumph.

  • 11 89Norcal // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    @GeordieTwo from last article.

    Is that NUFC you said were unknown in the U.S? I can guarantee you that’s not the case. There were quite a few meet ups for the games from American born fans. Me included.

    Plus Sacramenro, where I live, is a fast growing soccer city and one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country, so definitely not just your American football, nascar types!

  • 12 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Now that we have completely amazed and overwhelmed the Americans with wor famous Tour of 2015 we should be planning a tour elsewhere for next summer. Somewhere absolutely essential to the football world….Hmmmm. Possibly Burundi and Uzbekistan would do the trick.

  • 13 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    I believe you 89Norcal mate but in the grand scheme of things it wasn’t us being televised playing games against the Galaxy and Red Bulls was it? In fact it was kind of pathetic when compared with what many Prem teams are doing this summer. That was my point.

  • 14 89Norcal // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Strange…not sure where your disdain for the tour is coming from. It was a much mbetter choice than last summer though. Too bad thr team couldn’t deliver much spark!

  • 15 JackButler // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Shaqiri’s name is being banded about a bit, would be a gem of a signing if I were to happen

  • 16 Graeme // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Our 2nd CB?? This guy would be a hell of a signing if we can get him. What a CB pairing we would have with him and Mbemba!!

  • 17 89Norcal // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:35 PM


    Wasn’t televised but I imagine that’s the se story for most teams without silverware to their name wasn’t it?

    I saw on youtube there were 5,500 or so unique viewers watching the Sacramento live stream, plus the sold out stadium and numerous pubs in california.

    We gotta be realistic considering our performance last season.

  • 18 89Norcal // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    I say “stadium” but …. 😛

  • 19 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    My disdain is coming from the fact that we couldn’t even organize a game against the Portland senior team and we couldn’t beat the B team because we didn’t like the pitch so we fielded a ridiculous starting 11. Also who plays a Mexican side in Milwaukee? If we wanted to play a good Mexican side why not play them in Mexico? I’m not disdainful of the team or players I just think whoever organized the tour is an idiot. You got to see them in Sacramento but that doesn’t make it a headline grabbing trip. The club were absolutely invisible over here as far as sports networks were concerned. Just a thought.

  • 20 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    5,500 unique viewers from a North American population of about 450 million Norcal mate? Ahahahahahahaha!!!!

  • 21 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Not really excited on this one as it’s trawled on and on. We all knew he was coming in. The next signing on the other hand is the one I’v been waiting for!

  • 22 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    We’re not even a pimple on a goat’s left testicle in North America sad to say. Thanks to the amazing Ashley who has made us what we are today…..pathetic that is.

  • 23 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Who is the next signing Toon Prodigy mate? After Cancel Mybimbo I mean?

  • 24 JackButler // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    The U.S. Tour is coming off the back of a nightmare season and to be fair with the other clubs that are over there we are hardly a big draw for the networks are we!

    Personally think we would have been better off going to somewhere like Austria or Holland but what’s done is done let’s move on and look forward to the upcoming games

  • 25 89Norcal // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:43 PM


    Well there’s your naiveté showing. We nearly got relegated, our fan base despised our manager and owner, we were hemoraging talent, we couldnt beat a USL team without an own goal, we lost to a b side, and you want us on summer TV like Man U and Barca.

    Mmmk man.

  • 26 JackButler // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:45 PM


    Know anything regarding Shaqiri?

  • 27 hibbit // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    norcal is it true SD are opening stores in your neck of the woods ?

  • 28 King Colback // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:45 PM


  • 29 89Norcal // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    I should say Geordie that your comments mirrored the toxic NUFC supporters on youtube, who were more keen on bashing the “yanks” (despite never having met one) than watching the game.

    Maybe you can suggest a locale outside newcastle that has a large following. I’ll be waiting

  • 30 89Norcal // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:47 PM


    Not sure if trolling or srs

  • 31 JackButler // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:47 PM


    Holland is SD next port of call

  • 32 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Aye that’s what we’ll have to do JackButler. But why the Ashley fascination with screwing up North American tours? The previous one was pathetic and cost us a couple of serious injuries. It just doesn’t make sense to waste time on poorly researched trips over here. Go to countries with real interest, play good teams, advertise properly etc. etc. You know like proper professional clubs do? West Ham can do it over here, why can’t we?

  • 33 hibbit // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    norcal what’s that supposed to mean

  • 34 scottoon // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    I have to agree to some extent with G2 on the issue of the American Tour. If there was any genuine forethought, they would have made stops in larger markets than Milwaukee and Portland. It is tough to raise a club’s overseas profile if the only people that know about the tour are those that follow the club anyway. I believe that the tour was cobbled together at the last minute an certainly after prem survival was attained so it all just comes off as a weak effort. Better to have stayed at home.

  • 35 hibbit // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    now now jack

  • 36 Bornandraised // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:49 PM


    I agree with you to some extent but Chelsea’s game yesterday was also against an MLS second team (NY Red Bulls). They just didn’t call it a second team even though it was.

    The reality is if Newcastle doesn’t get chosen for that International Champions Cup, games aren’t going to be on TV. The best second option is still to go to the states and build up the fan base that way. Hopefully by next summer Ashley has loaned some money to the International Champions Cup promoters as a way of getting NUFC into the tournament.

  • 37 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Good comeback Norcal mate @25. I think the naïve one was Ashley when he bought the club. And sadly for us he has stayed that way. Although he does seem to know how to make money out of us while he’s humiliating us. Food for thought, but I think the supporters have known it for a long, long time now. About 8 1/2 years in fact mate.

  • 38 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:50 PM


    Its very clear what G2 means. He wanted a better otganised tour more suited to a team that was almost relegated. Trailing all the way accross the Atlantic to put out a c-team against the New Lettuiceburg hamsterlungs on pitches made of sh1te is hardly good prep. He was using the TV figures as evidence of poor organisation.

  • 39 JackButler // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:51 PM


    You know this club is incapable of organising anything properly and has a hard time seeing past the end of its nose, so you shouldn’t be too surprised by the U.S. Tour

  • 40 Wijnotthen // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Looking forward to finally seeing a centre half come through the door after 3 years of wailing. We should be going all out to sign Abdennour. Another quality Centre half is absolutely paramount.

    But after that I don’t know if I’m the only one here, but can anyone say we have an actual First team quality out and out winger?!?

    Cabella is not totally a wide man, and struggled last season, his end output is poor. Aarons should be the young backup. Obertan is Obertan. Gouffran is not worth the price of his unused boots.

    Sissoko is the only option and even he is not totally a wide man. So the need for one is dire.

    Then we can go from there

  • 41 Yellow Belly // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Got to be the La Bamba for Mbemba

  • 42 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    I don’t have a clue but im hoping it’s Charlie Austin!

    This next signing will show alot as to how we mean to go on for me, if it’s a forward brilliant or even a CB or a winger.

  • 43 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    And he was very clearly NOT having a pop at the yanks.

  • 44 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Even Shteve called the tour “a necesary evil”.

  • 45 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Good comments Bornandraised @36 but let’s do it properly. Play decent sides in bigger cities with more interest in football. Many southern US cities have very good fan bases now built around Latino and Hispanic supporters. What are we doing playing in northern California, Oregon and Wisconsin? It really was a joke.

  • 46 hibbit // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    even Mc was surprised by the stupidity of the us tour

  • 47 Papiss9 // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Hi, a long time since i posted anything.

    Very happy to see Wijnaldum and Mitrovic signed, quality.

    Don’t know much about Mbmemba but hopfully he’s better than what we got.

    We need buy a quality CB. I don’t want to see williamson anywhere near the starting lineup in PL-matches, sell him.

    Looks like we’re lacking backup on both sidebacks. It would be nice to buy a player who could fill both sides, like santon.

    I heared someone said moutinho was linked, that would be awesome, but i don’t think he will come.

  • 48 JackButler // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:55 PM


    Straight up mate, I told everyone that SD was going head to head with Decathalon, the biggest sports retailer in France just as we tried to sign every bargain basement Frenchman and now Holland is his next target, trust me you can track SD movements by the nationality of the signings.


    No, everything Ashley does is coldly calculated to maximise HIS profit

  • 49 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Next summer it will be South Dakota, Saskatchewan, and Montana. If they can find any football clubs to play there that is….Harrumph. No offense to anyone. All good comments today but really lads, it’s about time the club started showing some professionalism again.

  • 50 89Norcal // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:57 PM


    Means not sure if you were being sarcastic or not.

    I’m afraid you guys are being pretty unrealistic. As has been mentioned, even the top clubs weren’t getting top competition. How many of those Galaxy players u figure were starstruck to be on the same pitch as Iniesta?

  • 51 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    I’m just upset because they didn’t come and play the Whitecaps!! Harrumph. 😆

  • 52 89Norcal // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:59 PM


    You realize there’s a large Hispanic population in Northern California right? Lol come on man, southern cali is a large market. Why would they want to host NUFC.

    We had southerners flying and driving up the state to watch us anyways

  • 53 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    If they had fielded a joke side against the Whitecaps it would have gotten ugly. Even the B side could beat the 11 that lost 4-3 in Portland quite easily. It’s really ridiculous and Schteve must have been embarrassed to be associated with it.

  • 54 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Fair enough Norcal mate. I would say to Mike don’t come over here and embarrass yourself and your club matey. You do that often enough back home.

  • 55 Malackay // Jul 23, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    – I imagine tour would have been organized well in advance of the end of the season (relegation fight)

    – Man Utd couldn’t fill an 18,000 seater in San Jose, infact they weren’t even close

    – I agree that the American tour is not too wise for us, we aren’t there yet commercially and it really doesn’t help preparations for the new season

    – Calling Mike Ashley, a self made billionaire, is moronic

    – Love the signings thus far, keep them coming. Still need a second CB and FB – would like someone with PL experience – Jonny Evans would be my shout.

  • 56 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Not that I dislike Mike or anything… 😆

  • 57 SUTTY1978 // Jul 23, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    That’s where I stay when I come up to watch the games, cracking Hotel and Marco Piere Whites downstairs, win win. Looks like Chancel has good taste.

  • 58 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 23, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    This talk if the tour is boring like, what is the big deal..

  • 59 89Norcal // Jul 23, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    I’m firmly in the vein of thought that these transfers are overdue. I saw some people hyping up our spending this summer. To me it’s like making 1 payment on your house when you’re 3 behind, lol.

  • 60 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 23, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Your missing the point!!!

    The trip in itself would have been fine, but the organisation of it was HORRIFIC! Our shocking defence need the most practice, yet they were the ones unable to play on the plastic pitch. Ok, a freindly is to give people a run out, but a back 4 of Bigi, satka (the only actual defender), fergy and aarons?? Haway, man! Just because we are not chelsea doesnt mean we should be finishung a tour with that sort of line up.

  • 61 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Mike is clearly mentally handicapped. It’s very unfair of you lot to criticize him so much. Beermonkey and I are doing our level best to raise money for treatments. Electroshock therapy to his testicles etc. etc. And all you lot do is take the piss. I mean it’s just shocking. Harrumph.

  • 62 89Norcal // Jul 23, 2015 at 5:05 PM


    Yes perhaps McClaren didn’t prepare them. Timbers 2 and Sacramento were always gonna give it a go against NUFC and not just fall over.

  • 63 scottoon // Jul 23, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    G2 – shame….even with the Beardsley connection they couldn’t get a game in Vancouver. Ken Wharton (remember him?) is the technical director for Halifax City Football Club. Maybe we can get the Toon to play on a plastic pitch in the maritimes next time out.

  • 64 89Norcal // Jul 23, 2015 at 5:07 PM


    I agree, though if will or Colo were in there, people would be complaining that we weren’t giving youngsters a run out in a preseason game. Oh well

  • 65 JackButler // Jul 23, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Okay, the tour like the day of preseason is all about the players regaining their fitness and for SM and his team to have a good look at what they have to work with.

    The performance and results are not that important at this point in time, let’s move on

  • 66 89Norcal // Jul 23, 2015 at 5:18 PM


    Also exposure man. An intangible benefit.

    I’ve been off the blog for a while, I guess the preseason is a tired topic around here 🙂

  • 67 GS // Jul 23, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Norcal: I read your match review on another site and it was fantastic. G2 does have a point though – that we can’t organise a piss up in a brewery. I would have gone to Portland and Sacramento if they had given me more time to plan it.

    I went to the Milwaukee game and it was probably two thirds Mexican fans there and only a third NUFC. 22,000 wasn’t a bad showing though. When was the last time Oldham or Sheffield United got that many?

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