We Had A Decision To Make And He Was Fantastic

It looks like Paul Simpson will give regular nuifcTV appearances most weeks, and he has been interviewed again today.

He talked largely about the game against Chelsea including a review of how Kevin Mbabu played on his debut – and Paul thought the 20 year-old was excellent.

But the big test for Kevin is whether he can put in a similar performance next Saturday at Manchester City.

kevin mbabu training gear

Kevin Mbabu – in training gear

The stats showed that Mbabu covered more ground than any other player on the field, and we thought he had a stormer in his first ever start for Newcastle.

This is some of what Paul said to nufcTV:

“We had a bit of a decision to make.” “He’d come on as a sub and we thought he did OK. We were looking at the back four thinking ‘Should we play Chancel out of position?’ We would have maybe considered Rolando to play there but he was out injured.”

“We had a bit of a decision to make.” “He’d come on as a sub and we thought he did OK. We were looking at the back four thinking ‘Should we play Chancel out of position?’”

“We would have maybe considered Rolando to play there but he was out injured.”

“We were caught to whether to shuffle the back four around as we did against Sheffield Wednesday or whether to throw Kevin in there, who’s a a defender.”

“We knew what we would get: commitment, a wholehearted performance from him. We knew he’d be prepared to tackle, he’s got a good energy about him, good strength and we just thought ‘Let’s give him his feet’ and see how he deals with it.”

“I thought he was fantastic. He looked totally unfazed by the game, totally unfazed by the opposition and the incredible noise our supporters made.”

“Now the big test is ‘Can he do it again?’ Can he perform like he did and do the work he did?

“With high intensity and sprints, he outperformed everybody in that game. “Now is the real challenge – how does he deal with it? ”

“He’s got the preparation leading into the next game – if he’s selected, can he do the same thing?”

It’s almost certain that Kevin will get the start and it would be good if we can get something out of the game at Manchester City – a win would be terrific.

Comments welcome.