Newcastle United 20 year-old prospect Kevin Mbabu has played for all the Swiss Youth sides through U19 level and was outstanding when he played against Chelsea and also in the first half at Manchester City when he helped set up the go-ahead goal by Aleksandar Mitrovic in the first half – before the team collapsed completely in the second half.
Kevin picked up a hamstring injury, but he’s fit again and was on the bench at Bournemouth and came on late in the game for his fourth first-team appearance of the season.
Kevin Mbabu in action for Newcastle this season
In fact given the great game the Swiss lad had against Chelsea at left back he may be the best left back we currently have at the club and we’d love to see him given another chance in the first team.
Mbabu is also keen to get back in the first team:
“Maybe I will be on the bench in the next few weeks,” “But I am working hard every day.”
“I want to show the manager what I can do and I want a chance. I’m ready.”
Local lad Paul Dummett has returned to the team after taking some time to recover from his own hamstring injury – and currently he is McClaren’s first choice at left back.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens in the January transfer window and then Steve McClaren will have a decision to make on Kevin Mbabu – and that is whether to loan him out so he can get some first team games.
Kevin shocked a lot of fans by his outstanding play this season where he was good going forward and also in defending.
When he arrived at Newcastle almost three years ago as a 17 year-old he was very highly regarded in Europe and specifically wanted to join Newcastle with other top clubs also after him.
He’s looked a very good player in the first team for us and hopefully Kevin will get another chance soon – very soon.