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This 20 Year-Old Deserves Opportunity At Newcastle

2:05 pm, Sunday, December 20th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 37 Comments

One of the weaknesses we seem to have these days at Newcastle is at left back, with Paul Dummett not being in good form this season and Sadio Haidara is now injured and out for at least four months with a serious knee injury.

A good question is why we ever sold Davide Santon last January to Inter-Milan (initially on loan) when John Carver was the interim manager.

Inter-Milan are now 4 points clear at the top of the Italian League under Roberto Mancini and Davide has played 9 times for them this season and 9 times last season.

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Kevin Mbabu – deserves chance at left back

The player that we’d like to see given an opportunity at left back is 20 year-old Swiss U19 International Kevin Mbabu, who is fit again and he’s been on the bench for the last few games.

Kevin has made four appearances this season for the Newcastle first team and he had a great game against Chelsea but was then injured and lost his place.

Paul Dummett is not in form at the moment and we think Kevin at least deserves a chance at left back and when he’s played for the first team he’s looked the part.

Dummett had all kinds of trouble yesterday with Jordan Ayew’s pace down the right wing and the Geordie had another poor game.

There’s also a possibility that Newcastle will bring in a new left back as the January transfer window draws near and opens in a short 12 days time.

Maybe 23 year-old Jamaican international Kemar Lawrence will be brought in?

Newcastle have been linked with the Jamaican recently and he plays for the NY Red Bulls and had a great Gold Cup tournament in the summer.

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37 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Dec 20, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    This game is Watford’s to lose.
    Liverpool are ( as Munster would say ) shoyte

  • 2 blew // Dec 20, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Haidara is now injured…..You mean injured again.
    Teams attack us mainly down the right because of
    the weakness, Mbabu could be the answer.

  • 3 Jib // Dec 20, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    I’m pretty sure Jetro Willems is coming either next month or in the Summer.
    I think we’ll look at loanees until June.

  • 4 JamesToon // Dec 20, 2015 at 2:37 PM


    What makes you think we’ll get Willems?

  • 5 Jib // Dec 20, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Cocu and he have had words there’s mutual dislike .

  • 6 JDdubai // Dec 20, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    Cisse groin injury being assessed. Hopefully it is bad news, not nice for him but if it is bad news then it may push us to bring a new CF in January.

  • 7 JamesToon // Dec 20, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Well he looks decent didn’t he get something like 13 assists in a season? We need an attacking left back so hopefully he’s the answer.

    I’d like some more English/premier league experience though, starting with Jonjo Shelvey.

  • 8 Rotonda heights // Dec 20, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    I think MBabu was very unlucky not to get picked. Neither Dummet or Janmatt inspire me as full backs.

  • 9 JamesToon // Dec 20, 2015 at 2:47 PM


    Mbabu should start against villa, along with Mitro and Perez

  • 10 ArtyH // Dec 20, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Cisse injured again may mean no new C.F as Cisse would have to be sold for us to buy a replacement if past performance is a guide. Anyway I believe the way to stimulate the team is to bring in Shelvey. He would command the mid field which is where we are so weak and have been since Cabaye left.

  • 11 Rotonda heights // Dec 20, 2015 at 2:50 PM


    Cisse was desperate before he got injured. Ifhe’s not getting offside he has the touch of a bull elephant. A great season 3 years ago when he was scoring worldies but when not scoring goals he really brings very little these days.

  • 12 Jib // Dec 20, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    With Willems it’s the tale of the 2 training camps.In PSV’s summer training camp he sustained bad ankle ligament damage requiring an op. He broke down again in October . Cocu says he will be fully recovered after PSV’s winter training camp.
    He’s only 21 , I hope he refuses to be rushed into a come back and comes to us in June.

  • 13 davis_toons // Dec 20, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    a professional miss.

  • 14 nightfa11 // Dec 20, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    i agree…dummet was shit..all he was doing was kicking the ball as far away from our goal as possible..

    cisse is..a waste of space.. anita was good yesterday..why he was taken off instead of colback is beyond me..

    i think noone of the managers we had can cope with a pressure.. they are all “small club” managers.. its easier to take risks at the club where there are no expectations..but when they come here, they all “play it safe”.. we need a manager with balls.. its that simple..

  • 15 Jib // Dec 20, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    I think Dummett is steady as a full back , not flash but steady , he seems to have a much better rapport with his goalie than Janmaat.
    Give me steady over flash any time.

  • 16 Jib // Dec 20, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Mixed feelings for Welshie in the next match.
    If the Swans win they put us in the clarts , if they lose they stay in the smelly stuff themselves.

  • 17 catchy in norway // Dec 20, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    I dont think this kid is a LB, yeh he had a good game vs Chelsea, but the kid is a CB,

    Dummet is not the answer at LB. he is a CB

    Jannmat at RB is not the answer at RB. id like to see him play in the right wing position.

    Mbabu should be tried in the center with chancel.

    we need proper fullbacks, like Hutton from villa and im sure there is some good LB out there.

  • 18 Jib // Dec 20, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Seems like the Shelvey rumours are true he is nowhere near the Swansea match day squad and is not injured.
    OK Huw Jenkins may be this that and the other but owners have no business getting into spats with individual players.

  • 19 Jib // Dec 20, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Watford 3rd goal !!!!!

  • 20 Reyantoon // Dec 20, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Liverpool currently getting a good thumping..
    Hope Leicester win the title and Watford finish in top 4.That’ll be one hell of a season 😀

  • 21 welshgeordie9 // Dec 20, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    And people thought we didn’t play well against villa, Liverpool are just like us do well against the top teams, struggle against the smaller ones, Liverpool are shocking.

  • 22 lochinvar // Dec 20, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Chelski in manager cries.
    Manure in manager crisis
    Man City thinking about a manager crisis
    Scousers in manager crisis part two ( ha ha )
    Mackems have Sammy
    Beginning to take a shine to McLaren

  • 23 welshgeordie9 // Dec 20, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    I’ve got a bit of problem, I want swans to win but then that would leave Newcastle 3rd from bottom.

  • 24 welshgeordie9 // Dec 20, 2015 at 3:36 PM


    I was thinking the same thing.

  • 25 Toon Tang // Dec 20, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    I hope swans get pummeled to within an inch of their lives

  • 26 JamesToon // Dec 20, 2015 at 3:37 PM


    On Twitter everyone was saying he was a doubt for today due to injury. Maybe you’re right though

  • 27 Toon Tang // Dec 20, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Will be an absolute travesty if they won today. We don’t need any more teams near us winning do we.

  • 28 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 20, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    wish for a draw then

  • 29 welshgeordie9 // Dec 20, 2015 at 3:46 PM


    In Swansea’s local evening post, there’s been no bust up with shelvey.

  • 30 Reyantoon // Dec 20, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Dummett was awful yesterday.Never criticized him ever like yesterday.What more can you say though. The bad rain made most of the players below par.But no doubt, if siem had pocked that header in,we’d have won it comfortably!

  • 31 nut meg // Dec 20, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Shelvey’s on the bench

  • 32 mindshaft // Dec 20, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Shows what bad signings Rodgers made for Liverpool … they were woeful today … Klopp effect well and truly worn off as most of them realise they’ll be dropped as soon as he can buy players who can play his style
    I’m iver yesterdays draw … 7 from 9 is a decent return and yesterday’s pitch negated our style more than villas who were terrible and will be relegated for sure

  • 33 Tsunki // Dec 20, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Come on Swansea! Take your beating! 😀

  • 34 Tsunki // Dec 20, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Dummett is trying his hand at wing play like his predecessor Santon who was better than him and still woeful. If the fb can’t do it, he shouldn’t. He cant get past anyone or cross, even as a full back he can’t play out from the back. Upgrade.

  • 35 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 20, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    We should’ve sold dummett to palace for £8m. He’s a weaklink just like colback. Matip, guerriero, Redmond, grenier, townnsend and zarate should be signed.

  • 36 JP...from The Rock // Dec 20, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Mbabu has to come in for Dummett who let’s face it has been terrible. Mbabu is quicker, stronger and a smarter player it seems. Still needs to be played so we can all see just how good the youngster is. I still believe he should have Dummett’s place and that he will make LB his own if given the chance.

  • 37 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 20, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Dummet looks steady enough when his sole concentration is to defend, against the better teams that’s usually the case as they have a lot of ball and he can just sit and put in snappy tackles, it’s when he’s on the ball and has to venture out of our defensive third that his shortcomings become apparent very quickly.

    Mbabu is more athletic, quicker and better on the ball, not great, but enough to supplement attacks. Don’t know why he wasn’t reinstated the moment he regained fitness, impressed everybody when he was thrown in earlier in the season. It probably comes down to Dummet is a Geordie, older and is left-footed, such is all but the best managers level of thinking.

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