Chancel Mbemba has made a steady and good start to his Newcastle career and he seems to be improving as he gets more Premier League games under his belt.
His improvement in the Premier League hopefully will continue and the 21 year-old may already be our best player in the team and just last night he scored a spectacular goal for DR Congo from all of 30 yards out to win the game 2-1 against Gambon.
Chancel Mbemba in action against Arsenal
Where Chancel is excelling is in the Opta stats.
Swiss-based football statistics organization CIES Football Observatory, have ranked various players at each outfield position in the Premier League.
Chancel comes in at 12th in the center-back position with Arsenal´s Gabriel Paulista and Laurent Koscielny in first and second place respectively, but Chancel is at the top for players under 21 years of age.
No other Newcastle players are in the top 15 in any other position – which shows our players are not playing at or near their best.
Other Opta stats that show why he is already a very good player is that he has made more interceptions than any other central defender in the Premier League – and he has 26 of them so far.
He is only behind Jordan Amavi of Aston Villa in interceptions for all defenders in the Premier League at the moment.
That shows he can read the game very well even though he´s only just turned 21 and we expect him to still keep improving this season.
With Newcastle already in trouble this season we will need Mbemba to keep up his good form and we are hoping that his partner in central defense – caption Fabricio Coloccini – can settle down and play near his best form.
It´s going to be really important that happens in the 11 games to play before the end of the year if we are going to move away from bottom place in the league table.
We have some easier games coming up as follows and we have to start putting some wins on the board.
October Sun 18 16:00 H Norwich City Sun 25 12:00 A Sunderland Sat 31 15:00 H Stoke City November Sat 07 12:45 A Bournemouth Sat 21 15:00 H Leicester City Sat 28 15:00 A Crystal Palace
Steve McClaren rightly point out that in six of our first eight games we have played teams that finished in the top eight last season.
But coming up is the real test – can we can beat teams that did not finish in the top eight last season – and if we cannot we´ll be in trouble again this season.
Those last two fixtures – against Leicester City and Crystal Palace – are against teams currently in the top five.