Rafa Benitez Praise For Local Lad And Youngster Too

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.

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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.


14 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 23, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Expat, leaving us in the lurch is rather harsh. He’s a world class manager who has taken us on when out stock is low and in a perilous position. His decision to come here has been a more than endearing one to begin with.

    If we don’t manage to stay up and he wants to go elsewhere, I’ll be gutted, but I certainly won’t hold anything against him. If he does stay, regardless of being in the league or not, you can’t help but love the guy more.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 23, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #2

    I’d like to see Mbabu tied down to a long term deal, as we now have the potential of a long term back four all of tender years. They’re all likely to improve with age and a settled back four sets the rest of the team up nicely. Gonna watch the early ko so catch ya all later. 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 23, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Come on arsenal we need you. Sadly ihave predicted that the makems will relegate us with 41 points and i have factored in a sunderland win today. Just hope i am wrong but makems will probably rough up the gunners a lot and they will be tired after west brom. If they win and we lose its all over so come on arsenal

  • nufconceandfuturekings

    Apr 23, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #4

    If God was appointed manager, some folk would criticise team selection etc. In Rafa we trust is no idle statement, in my humble opinion, and I’ll be eternally grateful to him – whether we stay up or go down and stays or goes – for trying his best for us.
    I agree re a long term contract for Kevin.
    Anita, quiet, methodical, usually reliable, doesn’t get the plaudits but many quick to criticise. Couldn’t have been more pleased it was him who scored for us against MC.
    The little matter of playing the Reds – my nerves are in pieces.
    And tomorrow, I’ll be a Gunner for 90 minutes!

  • MadisonToon

    Apr 23, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed – The talk of what would happen to the blog if we go down made me reflect on how much I appreciate this blog. Thanks for all you do to keep it ticking along every day, putting it all in one place for us and providing a forum for us to talk about NUFC.


  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 23, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #6

    I think Townsend is our best hope of scoring or creating a goal today. A great run in behind with a pinpoint cross or a screamer from just outside the box. HWTL Start praying everyone.

  • Toonacious T

    Apr 23, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #7

    I didn’t think we would get anything against City and I was wrong…thankfully. Given our historical record at Anfield and our appalling away record this season it is a huge ask for our players to get anything out of today’s game but Sunderland may well get nothing tomorrow against Arsenal and Norwich don’t play so it could well be a case of if we don’t get any points just make sure we don’t let our goal difference get any worse and it is a case of as you were. On the other hand, if by some miracle we can conjure up a point and Arsenal put a few past the Mackems well then it is very much game on going into the next set of fixtures.

  • manxpie

    Apr 23, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Sahko suspended for doping allegations that’s big big news but good for us tho

  • mindshaft

    Apr 23, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #9

    good news for us that sakho is out – hopefully we can exploit it

  • Pitmatic

    Apr 23, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #10

    Re previous thread on Sammy, it doesn’t really surprise me that he hasn’t made it at Cardiff, but I still think he has a future with us. He seems to lack the energy and intensity of players like Zaha, Ince, Phillips and Redmond, who’ve all had success at that level. I guess that’s just his Ameobi DNA, but to be fair he’s a massive kid and not really built to be galloping up and down the wing all day. I doubt he’d do much better if he dropped down to League One to be honest, but he does have the talent and technique to make an impact in games at the highest level.

    As was the case with his brother, you need guys down the order who can come in for short periods but who don’t stink the place out when they’re not involved. He can’t be on any sort of wages, and might not really come on until later in his career, so I’d definitely keep him around.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 23, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #11

    City sweeping aside Stoke, two up at half time. Puts our point into better perspective. With Sakho answering questions re doping, his ommission from the squad can only help, as he’s been their rock lately. (Maybe too much rock is his problem 😉 ) What’s happened with City? Lots of empty seats again today.

  • firebug666

    Apr 23, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Just want to say a massive congratulation to Ed for 9 years of sterling work, Especially earlier on this year when the blog was very difficult.

    Well done Ed.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 23, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Sakho is out. A boost for us no matter how little it is. Doubt we’ll be making their defenders work today anyway.

  • mindshaft

    Apr 23, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #14

    same starting 11 as city game – not complaining at that


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