Rafa Benitez has said the return of Paul Dummett to the side has balanced the defense and we now have a left footed player at left back and a right footed player at right back in Vurnon Anita, who has had two great games in the back four for the Magpies.
Paul has also looked good at left back after he finally returned from his hamstring injury and 20 year-old Kevin Mbabu is also back in the squad and Rafa also has some praise for him.
Paul Dummett in action Tuesday night
Local lad has been solid since his return
If Rafa stays with us in the summer it will be interesting to see what he does about all the injuries we keep picking up at Newcastle, not to mention how he will vastly reshape the squad.
But we have the survive the drop first.
This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today:
“We’ve had problems. We have been playing games without a left-footed full-back.” “Now we have Dummett, the defenSe is more compact and balanced.
“We have a right-footer in the right place and a left-footer on the other side.” “Then the centre-backs feel more balanced.”
“Mbabu can be a good option now. Obviously he has to improve his fitness and understand the tactics of his team-mates.” “But it’s another option we didn’t have before.”
“He has been working very well in the training. He is a young player who is full of energy.”
Kevin Mbabu could yet get some playing time over the last four games of the season and when he made his debut at left back against Chelsea last year he had a great game.
It seems he is up for the fight and probably inspired by having Rafa Benitez as his manager.
Isn’t everybody at Newcastle?
Howay The Lads!!
Note: It’s exactly nine years today since I started this blog on 23rd August 2007 – mainly for those fans away from Newcastle around the world. It’s a one man blog so go easy on me in my retirement.