A Star Is Born At Newcastle?

We really needed the win yesterday and we let it slip in those final 11 minutes and after it went to 2-2 Pedro and Ramires missed golden opportunities to score for Chelsea with Krul magnificently saving Ramires’ header.

So there´s a choice for fans – be disappointed because we really should have had the 3 points or be encouraged because of the excellent performance the team put in.

Or both.

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Kevin Mbabu on the left celebrates Perez goal

The very good display augers well for the future because let´s give the lads credit they looked a very good side at times yesterday.

3 points from 7 games is not good – but we shouldn´t panic.

But the lads also have to play like this  against the weaker sides in the league and if we can do that we can pull away from the bottom of the league – maybe even before the end of this year – which has been a terrible one for the club.

That´s all a prelude to wanting to make the point that 20 year-old Kevin Mbabu had an excellent game in his first ever start and first Premier League appearance for Newcastle yesterday.

It was only his second appearance ever for Newcastle after coming on in the second half on Wednesday night against Sheffield Wednesday after Janmaat took ill.

When Kevin arrived at Newcastle from Servette in January of 2013, he had played for all the Swiss youth sides through U19, but mainly due to a string of injuries this is the first time we´ve seen him in the first team.

Against top side Chelsea and against top player Pedro, Kevin had a great game, and he´s so cool under pressure, and is currently leading our Man of the Match poll.

Sadio Haidara and Paul Dummett will be pushing for that left back spot when they recover from injury, but Mbabu will keep his place for the game at Manchester City next Saturday – on merit.

And the impressive thing with Kevin is that he usually plays right back so he proved yesterday he can play on either side, and if we can keep this 20 year-old fit he could even do a decent job for us this season.

What Newcastle fans would like to see is a few of our good youngsters like Aarons, Armstrong, Toney and Mbabu come through for Newcastle this season.

If we can do that and sign three good players in January, we will be building up a decent side.

This is a  transition season whether we like it or not, but with performances from the team like we got yesterday coupled with the performance from youngster Kevin Mbabu – it shows we are could be on track to building up a good side.

Maybe even a very good side – hopefully before the end of this season.

Kevin Mbabu deserves great credit for his display yesterday and he seems happy enough after the game as he tweeted this.

Maybe we are seeing a star born at Newcastle.

Hope so.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Sep 27, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #1


    ‘Stay strong’ is a powerful message, more so than Tag Heuer’s ‘Don’t crack under pressure’. Hats off.

    Now, Steve, your response in the end was bitter-sweet. .I get it why you defended for your life in the last 2 minutes as a defeat would have been detrimental. BUT, shout to Mitro to walk slowly off? And, we had a corner man. Leave 3 people behind, I get it. But defend from a corner when we could’ve snatched it? The subs were also dead wrong, especially that of Obertan. So, your grade: 10 for inspiring the team, -1 (to quote Mourinho) for subs and bottling it in the end.

    Good game Mbabu. Just behind Perez for MOM

  • stephen1971

    Sep 27, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #2

    i thought this lad looked very strong and his composure was brilliant, no doubt it,ll just be a cameo apearance though, perez was brilliant again, i really can,t understand how he does,nt start every game, its beyond me, he,s one of the very few players that wears his heart on his sleeve,

  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 27, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Not yet impressed with Aarons but still Sissoko Thaviin and Obertan have been sh@t too. So I wld risk him in my team: 4-4-2.

    Thats the team to take to the top of the table well balanced.
    1. Wingers good on the ball with pace and can cross.
    2. Team with pace.
    3. CMs r hardworking

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Sep 27, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #4

    This lad was the shit.

    He kept Pedro quiet most of the game….. I hate to say it but first team he goes.

    Cool out. or play him LB…..get him more coaching not to leave his man like he did on one occasion…

    Go on lad!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 27, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Tad harsh on McLaren – the team were in a catch 22 position twist or bust – yeah it would of been brilliant if we had taken the corner and scored
    yet would have had dogs abuse if they broke from the corner and scored

    all in all a good display yesterday – a lot of players looked at the end if they were running on empty
    Mbabu MOM man of the match I thought he was excellent on his Premiership debut.

    Onwards and upwards – I hope – just gannin’ to get the papers

  • Slank

    Sep 27, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Mbabu is not a left back.

    Defensively he was good albeit naive at times but being right footed (like Santon) he couldn’t contribute to our attack. He couldn’t go around the Chelsea defence and whip in a cross.

    What McClaren has found is cover for Janmaat.

    What McClaren has still to find is a left footed left back who can defend and attack.

  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 27, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 27, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Mbabu was one of the players loaned to Rangers but not used. Perez and Mbabu were the pick in a very good spirited and determined performance. Colback with good movement in front of him was also impressive until injured. For me only Sissoko was ordinary.

  • hibbit

    Sep 27, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #9

    mbabu is not a left back not even a full back also very right footed played most of his games at nufc 21’s and under at CB has played a few games at DM always gives 100% nice to see Mc give him a chance………was at the game yesterday and got to say the crowd were was MOTM amazing support

  • toonbrother

    Sep 27, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #10

    janmaat ….mbemba,,,mbabu..,,,,,,,,,,,,,,.hadara

    ,,,,,sissoko (capt)..anta…colback,,,gini



  • Sav

    Sep 27, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #11

    Cyprus @ 1 – Dead right, son on all counts.


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