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.

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