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.

12 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Toon King

    The players you mention though are utter dross, Nolan etc had commitment because this is / was going to be the biggest club they played for, these players had alot of fight but no ablity. Our biggest problem is not the foreign players as some have pointed to or the lack of English players because they apparently have more heart which again is utter shite. Out biggest problem is the lack of leaders on the pitch, in fact we lack 1 leader.

    When we have someone who fights for the shirt ie mitrovic he’s labelled as a trouble player or a loose cannon or he has to much aggression. We aren’t the only club thay suffers from lacking leader, Citeh are lost with Kompany, he’s a class act as a player bit he’s just as crucial as a player. We will never have a leader here because it will undermine the regime!!

  • jimmysmith

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Exactly. Can he do it again. Players will get by on adrenaline, even luck, initially, but the real test comes over a number of games. He did look athletic, composed and technically capable though and first and foremost a true defender. So fingers crossed for him and us.

  • Our Toon

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Can’t remember if it was Jib who I was debating with yesterday but the apparent best league in the world or most competitive league as some like to label it have just seen both Chelsea and Arsenal lose tonight. Arsenal to the mighty Olympiakos at home!! More evidence of just how poor the standard is in our league.

    The decline in the way English teams have been performing in top European competitions has coincided with Greg Dyke making changes to having 25 man squads with 8 HG players for domestic league to improve the fortunes of the national team. Now we have the likes of the massively overrated Sterling who can’t shoot but cost almost 50m pounds!! Don’t worry though British players have more heart apparently

  • jane

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #4

    if Kevin Mbabu does successfully establish himself in the side which will require a good few games before that is known, what a gift it will be for Newcastle United having seemingly been completely off the radar. in reality the odds are against it happening but sometimes these things happen so we can only hope.


    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #5

    I reckon he will never play as well again

    But hey fingers crossed for the kid but he won’t have the element of surprise again

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Our Toon…it was Jib/Jeff/the blog Clown!

    The PL and English players are used these to days to set the benchmark apparently…the foreigners are up to no good and neither are the foreign leagues!

    …it reminds me of when I worked in the UK 😉

  • Our Toon

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #7


    Ahh yes it was you are right. The PL won’t have 4 teams in the CL next season if this carries on!!

  • Jib

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Our toon
    ‘Twas I

    How many danish clubs have won ANYTHING ? shut the f@ck up

    Our Toon I think you missed my point (jesper you miss every point)

    The best way too explain it , is strength in depth
    Romania , Serbia (Yugoslavia), France , Scotland , have all won the European cup / CL once.
    Spain many times but only 2 different clubs Portugal 2 different clubs
    Germany Italy and Netherlands with 3 different clubs.
    England with 5 – Liverpool , Nottingham Forest , Aston Villa , Manchester United , Chelsea.

    Hope this helps

  • jimmysmith

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #9

    It is a remorseless and fast paced league, which surely makes buying from less physically demanding leagues probably a bigger gamble, but these European schooled players have good technique. They need to be well scouted, some won’t cut the physical demands, but some will in spades. Mitrovic, Widj and Mbemba look excellent. The side is young, it has leaders but its still finding its feet and so are they. I think you’ll see plenty of maturing this season. I don’t see the urgency to bring in an experienced head, although getting Tiote on board would help right now.

  • toonking

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #10

    our toon
    well you tell me just one foreign player and by foreign I mean a player from a foreign league who you can see as a more guarenteed player that say a less skilled and more XP lower half of the table player would be because it’s absolutely offical that at this day and age our club is no longer a big club, we’re in relegation battles every year, having chaos with the owner and unable to even get a decent manager, Big stadiums mean nothing when you’ve got such gigantic amounts of money being stocked in through TV deals and look at the scum bags with their gigantic 49K capasity stadium.

    Decent foreign players will not in a million years choose to join a club like newcastle when at this moment in time we’ll provide them nothing better than they’ll already get. those which might show sights of better capabilities in future season are just no good when they’ll be facing extra pressure and that’s especially difficult when you’ve got a relegation battle every season.

    You go on to say we’ll never have a leader because that overides the regime which in certain ways contradicts your disagreement because it’s buying these XP less decent but more hardworking and leadship like players that are not being able to get bought due to this regime, why would a team anywhere take a chance on a player from a mid to lower class foreign league team for the assurence of him being a long term player and therefore decent leader instead of getting the odd one or two from a relegated or bottom half league team.

    Kompany an man city is a different thing altogeth because at city he’s getting wages, he’s getting CL he doesn’t have a relegation battle each season therefore city can have that foreign player who guarentee leader ship.

    All in all it’s about mid to lower end of table foreign league players not having the same XP as those who are already in PL and the bigger end of the scale foreign players easily tempted to move away. We’ll see mitrovic do the same himself the minute links to CL comes in which is just what will happen to perez this year who current shows great on attitude ATM.

  • toonking

    Sep 29, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #11

    seen as a more guarenteed player than*

  • lesh

    Sep 30, 2015 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Strange that I had a sense of deja vue when I read Ed’s post. I also experienced it late last week when I thought I was reading the same paragraphs twice!

    Strange that I had a sense of deja vue when I read Ed’s post. I also experienced it late last week when I thought I was reading the same paragraphs twice!


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