New Signing – I Like Everything About Being In Newcastle Team

Chancel Mbemba has had an excellent start to his Newcastle career and in the first seven games he’s been consistent and has turned in some excellent performances for the side.

And the 21 year-old says he likes playing alongside Fabricio Coloccini and the partnership will only  get better.

He also seems to be very happy on Tyneside and has said he likes everything about playing in the Newcastle team.

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Chancel Mbemba – in action against Arsenal

Chancel has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and he had this to say:

“I am here for Newcastle United. I need to work hard for Newcastle. This is my opportunity to work hard for the club and fans.”

“Chelsea are the best team in the Premier League, everybody knows them. Manchester City is next and it’s a hard game but we are working hard towards it.”

“I went back to my house and watched the video of the game over again. I like to see what I need to do for future games and what the coach has told me.”

“I look at everything again.” “I have only been here only two months. I like playing alongside Fabricio Coloccini.”

“We’ve had seven games together so we are working hard together.” “I like everything about being in this team, we’re all going forward together.”

It will be interesting to see just how good this lad is at the end of the season as he continues to improve in the Premier League.

But given the money paid for our players this summer – he seems to be the bargain buy at around £8M.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

89 comments so far

  • beermonkey

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1


    he could who knows, he needs games though not a prob if he plays like he did the otherday he can keep hadira on the bench
    with taylor out and I cant see willo playing unless he really has to maybe we can slot him in a few games at centre back as well
    as taylor and dummett get fit we could then look to loan him out in jan if we are covered

  • toon-to-win

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    mbemba has been great so far. Janmaat also. Colo still needs to be replaced in my eyes and albeit he has no left foot i was well impressed with mbabu. But is anyone else underwhelmed by haidara so far this season?

  • Jib

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Rotonda — players like Kevin M’babu and Chancel M’Bemba who can play anywhere in the back four without complaint , and do it well , are worth their weight in gold.
    If Colback is still injured I would be quite happy to see Willo brought in and M’Bemba pushed forward to DM.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #4

    I fear Ayoze is not even a one goal per 4 games man. And yet he looks more likely to score than Mitro. This partnership may help others to score. It has to work until Christmas at least.

  • barkel

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #5

    I think Haidara has been ok, he does have a bit up pace getting up and down the left wing, his crossing seems to be pretty woeful though!

    On Mbabu, I wouldn’t mind seeing him play a few games at RB and push Janmaat at RW, would be better than having Obertan on the pitch, maybe that might be more an experiment on fifa though

  • jayphoto

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6

    The way Mbemba plays, and the way Mitrovic played against Man Utd and Chelsea makes me really hopeful that we follow up interest in Denis Praet. Apparantly we tried in the summer for him but they already let 2 huge players go, a 3 rd was out of the equation.
    Rare that players come to England from Belgium and are flops, seems to be the right amount of champions league exposure, physicality and skill to be a good preparation for Premier league football.
    Praet and Tielemans would be nice. Mbodj if he takes to champions league football with Anderlecht looks a player too

  • jayphoto

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #7

    I think Mitrovic will really trouble some teams. So far the only full games hes had are man utd and chelsea, im pretty excited to see him in the derby! Reckon he’ll be in his element. Cahill and Zouma didn’t really know what to do with him. Really enjoyed how close him and Perez played to each other too. Seemed like the beginning of a fruitful partnership.
    Agree I can’t see Ayoze passing the 10 goal mark, but I can see Gini being around that mark too. Can also see De Jong etching in with goals when he plays, his movement in the box and positioning is very kevin Nolan esque in that respect.
    Reckon Mitrovic will net 12 – 14 goals.
    Also, he’s had a bad start but I think Thauvin when he finds his feet will contribute more goals and assists than Sissoko out wide right. Sissokos stats in terms of goals and assists is shocking for a player that played all of last season off the striker as a #10.

  • Santon03

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    hibbit regarding mbabu

    I know he is cb and sometimes rb never played lb before.
    someone labelled as cb doesn’t mean can’t play anywhere else but cb.
    DeRossi for example he is a dm but played as sweeper in national team.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #9


    it’s amazing the current crop belgium are turning out.

  • Santon03

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #10

    after his 1st game, i expect good things from mbabu.
    high expectation is unfair? should i expect 1 good performance and bad performances?
    high expectation is always there if he wants to play at highest level and he knows this.
    if we shouldn’t have high expectation then don’t expect this team to win any game and don’t complain if we don’t win.

  • Santon03

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #11

    santon was rw and now lb, another example.

  • AncientC

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #12

    There is that “working hard” mantra again.

    It would be interesting to read a real interview with a player.

  • martoon

    Sep 29, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #13

    Haidara had a dreadful game against Watford but in some other games he’s been OK. Mbabu had a great game against Chelsea but playing right footed players at left back restricts him going forward especially for crossing. So when Haidara is fit a tricky decision for McClaren?

  • AncientC

    Sep 29, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #14

    How about the truth. A lot of the players don’t speak English, which makes little difference because the players are being gagged from speaking their minds.

    Now, over to thoughts from:

    Colback “Yeah, we need to keep working hard.”

    Colocinni “We are putting the hard work in and know it will come right.”

    Mbema’s translator “This is a tough league and we know we need to keep working hard.”

    Perez “Lots of hard work going on in training and we want to translate that into 90 minutes”

    Thauvin “I am working very hard”

    Wijnaldum “This is a tough league but we know hard work will pay off.”

    I cannot wait for the next player interview.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 29, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Great player. He’s been brilliant for us so far. We need 2 more commanding CBs to take over from Colo, as Willo and Saylor are both out of contract in summer and not good enough for Newcastle.

  • jayphoto

    Sep 29, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #16

    Mbabu actually came here with a big reputation. At 16 he was talking with Man Utd, Liverpool and some big clubs in Germany.
    To me he looks very raw, with lots of potential that needs good coaching. Pretty sure that mantra is what they based getting mcclaren and cathro in on?
    Didn’t realise he was a CB, thought he was a rightback. Its slightly comforting knowing we have someone that can play right back if Janmaat picks up an injury though. Fair play to the kid too, debut against the champions of England infront of 50,000 and he didn’t shirk it. Wanted the ball, but the tackles in, hustled. Loved that he showed the reputations of Oscar, Hazard etc no respect and wasn’t phased!

  • jayphoto

    Sep 29, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #17

    Also, not sure if anyones mentioned this, but fair play Steve McClaren! Having faith and Playing a guy who even rangers in the scotts first division only put on the bench in their u21 team!
    If we’d have had Pardew on Saturday we’d have had Mbemba left back, Willo in the centre and Hazard, Willian etc would have had a field day.
    Along with Ivan Toney coming on, Makes me think that with the right application and ability, the young players can see a route to the first team and maybe we won’t stall and ruin the careers of players like Armstrong in the same way we did with the likes of Campbell and Inman who at 18 both had the ability to be coached into premier league footballers

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 29, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #18

    Mr Tuff – I don’t have a problem with your irreverent tone. Just keep it relevant.
    A wise man knows himself a fool. A fool thinks himself wise.

  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 29, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #19

    Working hard. Is what we r supposed to do?

    Donr know wen Mcca will see the bad in Sissoko?

  • Jib

    Sep 29, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #20


    You don’t know too much about pro footballers do you ?

    Most of them can’t string 2 sentences together , which doesn’t matter because that is not what they are paid to do .

    To extrapolate what players mumble into a microphone into some sort of club plot to gag them is an extraordinary quantum leap of hyperbole even for one of the usual neggers.

    Clutching at straws springs to mind

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 29, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #21

    Three out of 4 of Carr’s summer recruits are looking like good buys and I think we haven’t even seen the best of them yet, especially Wijnaldum who is being played all over the place. It was strange to see people blaming Carr & the new signings a few weeks ago. Thauvin probably just needs a bit time to adapt as he’s a bit lightweight and hopefully De Jong can get back to the player he was.

    I think we need to find a ball playing defensive midfielder, a monster to play alongside him, and a tall defender to replace Colo, preferably one who can pass the ball a bit.

  • martoon

    Sep 29, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #22

    AncientC @14 – I don’t think there is any big conspiracy. The players are together for long periods, attend the same meetings and briefings etc. They are bound to pick up and use similar work related expressions – the same thing happens in my work office!

  • croftus5678

    Sep 29, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #23


    from last post

    mbemba and mbabu could well be a great cb pairing for many many years to come and he’s certainly brave enough given his age ! but saying that look at mbemba’s age ! if they are good enough they are old enough eh?

    one performance so no pressure on the lad as even obertan has one or 2 good performances a season 😉

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 29, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #24

    martoon- it’s the same in all walks of working life. This sounds just like football speak. As a kid it took me a while to work out what the onion bag was.

  • Malackay

    Sep 29, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #25

    First of….. my usual “Haidara is poor” comment.

    Second, I thought Carra had some very valid points on MNF last night. It’s no coincidence we are playing better against the top sides we are happy to concede possession to and brak on given the opportunity. The test comes when we have to break sides down which we have been unable to do so far.

    I think as fans we’d like to see a balanced philosophy – i.e. not purely possession based team that has no teeth but equally not a team which just lumps the ball forward and any chance we get. Swansea and Everton are both good examples of balance – granted it only seems to be something Martinez has learned this season.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 29, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #26


    everton came 5th season before last. martinez is a superb manager

  • Jib

    Sep 29, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Sunshine Brigade — IN
    Ashley ————— IN
    McClaren ———– IN
    Neggers ————- OOT
    Childs brain in an old
    mans body (Mr Tuff) OOT

  • Malackay

    Sep 29, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #28


    You seem to read whatever you wish from my comments and miss the point entirely. Where do I criticize him as a manager at all? I’m saying he has improved from a possession based manager (at Wigan and Swansea) to a manager who seems to have more balance.

  • Whumpie

    Sep 29, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #29

    We’ve got early signs that some of our signings will come good, plus a single, positive performance from a youngun. But that’s a long way from what’s needed.

    We didn’t SPEND £52M, we GAMBLED £52M, and the dice won’t stop rolling for months yet.

    Meanwhile the newbies and rookies are trying to play with almost no real experience around them. We can boast only one regular, English, premier league experienced player – Colback. And he’s pretty wet behind the ears still.

    So while this utterly naive, greedy and simplistic regime insist on taking their recruitment policy straight from the buying department at Sports Direwrecked, we will continue to see inconsistency, panic and general failure with the odd up-turn like we saw on Saturday.

    In January we need either English or naturalised English players bought from other PL teams. A CB and a striker as a minimum. No more gambles or “ones for the future” – actual money spent. Like proper clubs do.

  • Jib

    Sep 29, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #30

    Rotonda heights

    “everton came 5th season before last. martinez is a superb manager”

    Does that mean you think Pardew is superb ?

    Ha ha ha —– a classic foot in mouth moment

  • Whumpie

    Sep 29, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #31

    On the manager thing – do we learn NOTHING?

    Over the last 8 years we’ve changed everything EXCEPT the owner, and seen the same thing almost every season.

    No manager can help us until that policy changes. Our only hope is that in the board room, Maclaren can convince Charnley and co to provide a consistent message back to Ashley that it has to change. If he fails in that, he’ll be off to a club that actually listens to the only football man in the room. Sadly, I expect that outcome rather than a change of heart from the owner.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 29, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #32

    Well said Whumpie, it’s always going to be a struggle for the squad and coaches whilst the policies and gambles remain in place.

    Hopefully January will see us bring in some ready made Premier League players and add some much needed balance.

  • AncientC

    Sep 29, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #33


    “To extrapolate what players mumble into a microphone into some sort of club plot to gag them is an extraordinary quantum leap of hyperbole even for one of the usual neggers.”

    So why are the players all coming out with variations of the same quotes, and why were players like Barton, Nolan, and, Ben Arfa shipped out after speaking freely.

    Yes, I am certain the club is happy for players to speak to the press freely – I am also sure that players are welcome to use social media platforms to air any views that they have; positive or negative.

    What is Keith Bishop’s role within the club again?

    Jib,”you don’t know too much about” PR, do you?

  • Whumpie

    Sep 29, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #34

    Ok, boys – handbags down. Step away from the mascara and talk football, would you? 🙂

  • jayphoto

    Sep 29, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #35

    Question is – Are there many premier league players that would move to Newcastle that would be good enough anyway? That already narrows the pool down dramatically. Then add in, are they grossly overpriced, I can’t actually name that many to be honest… Maybe Redmond although his price will head north of 10m when he gets an England call up…
    I thought Jonny Evans was good business but then many on here said they wouldn’t want him…
    The fact that Chelsea couldn’t buy Jon Stones for £40m and yet we signed Mbemba for 8m says a lot about the state of buying English players.
    Shawcross from Stoke would cost north of £15m…
    Luke Shaw cost 30m after half a season of appearances
    Mitrovic cost less than Blackburn were asking for Rhodes and what Wolves wanted for Afobe…
    We paid for Wijnaldum the same price Spurs wanted for Andros Townsend who for me is a woeful, greedy player

    Best policy is to develop your own. In Toney, Armstrong, buying young Lascelles and Darlow it looks like the club are trying to do that

  • Malackay

    Sep 29, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #36


    Evans was a no brainer for me. Incredible we weren’t remotely interested. We need that experience and quality at CB.

  • Whumpie

    Sep 29, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #37

    Jayphoto – I get what you’re saying, and yes the prices are daft. But the inescapable problem is that without a core of English-speaking, experienced PL players, your “investment” players and rookies are likely to fail. That’s why they cost a lot, and that’s why we are in the relegation zone. We should have left Thauvin and possibly even Gini alone and spent the money on a player or two from the PL – probably with less talent, and definitely worse value and a worse investment in themselves. But essential as the people the ‘investment’ players can look to in matches, especially when things are going badly.

  • Whumpie

    Sep 29, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #38

    What would Evans and Austin have cost? £23m?

    We have too many midfielders; what were we doing blowing most of our budget on two more, unproven foreign players to use up space next to Marv, Obertain and co?

    It seemed stupid to me at the time, and it looks stupid to me now. Much though I like Gini – and think Thauvin could be very good – they were luxuries; the kind of move only a fan of the roulette table would go for.

  • Whumpie

    Sep 29, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #39

    Meanwhile every team this side of the Channel knows to sit back and pick us off on the break, running hard at a rookie with limited English, stood next to a 34-year-old with no pace. And limited English.

    Dammit, it’s so frustrating. This is EXACTLY what so many of us said would happen if they didn’t replace Colo and get better options for LB.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 29, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #40

    They don’t even have to be Brittish, just experienced in this league.

    As ever though wages will be the stumbling block and age will be a huge factor. I do think this is what is lacking though and I would love to see it sorted out.


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