When Kevin Mbabu was named as the starter at left back yesterday for Newcastle an hour before we kicked off against Chelsea, there would have been a number of fans who would think he would not fare well against a player like Pedro, who won many trophies with Barcelona.
And in any case Mbabu usually plays at right-back where he played on Wednesday night against Sheffield Wednesday after Janmaat left the game at half-time through illness.
Kevin Mbabu – had an excellent first start for Newcastle
Mbabu had a great game for Newcastle yesterday and who would have through with that display he was playing his very first game in the Premier league?
Kevin was our Man of the Match and here are the top three players according to our poll below.
- Kevin Mbabu (39%) looked a very good player yesterday and dealt well with Chelsea’s attacks down their right wing. He will get a chance to play at Manchester City next Saturday and we hope he can put in another solid performance. Kevin has a future at Newcastle if he can keep playing like this and can keep himself fit – his performance was one of the many positives that came out of the game yesterday.
- Ayoze Perez (34%) scored his first goal for Newcastle this season just before half-time and it was a great one, as he got in between the Chelsea center backs controlled the ball quickly and smashed the ball into the back of the net.
It looks like the Spanish 22 year-old will continue his progress this season, just like he did last season and he already looks a very good young player who can have a big career at Newcastle – a club he seems to love.
- Aleksandar Mitrovic (15%) made a huge contribution to Newcastle yesterday and it was obvious almost immediately that this lad’s physical presence and skill up front had Chelsea defenders worried from the very first whistle.
Aleksandar worked his socks off for the team and was seen helping out in the penalty area in the second half before he was finally replaced by young Ivan Toney – unfortunately, Chelsea equalised in the next minute.
Based on our last three games when he was missing this lad is Newcastle’s most important player. He’s looked very good – just think what he will be like when he starts ramming those goals in for us.
Aleksandar controlled himself yesterday and didn’t pick up a yellow card – good for him – and we have to remember he has only just turned 21.
It’s good to note the next two players in the voting are Mbemba and Wijnaldum, who both had good games and of course Gini got his second goal of the season.
So of the top five players yesterday in our poll, four are new to the side this season – including young Mbabu – that’s got to be a good sign for the future of Newcastle United.