Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez seems to like what he sees in 20 year-old Kevin Mbabu who is now fit again and was on on the bench at Liverpool.
When Kevin has played for the Newcastle first team – five times this season – he has looked good, but he has again been injured most of the season.
But the fact that Rafa had him on the bench at Anfield when other more senior players were not, suggests Rafa can see the potential in the Swiss U19 International.
Kevin Mbabu – Rafa seems to like him
This is what Rafa told BBC Radio Newcastle:
“With Mbabu coming back, that is good news. Gouffran is closer, so we have some players getting closer,”
“At least we have Mbabu, who is a defender and can help with the defender crisis.”
Mbabu picks up a lot of injuries and he’s been out since the beginning of the year with a thigh injury and while he was supposed to be out for around five weeks initially, it’s been much longer than that.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Mbabu sees some playing time in the last three games and if Newcastle survive the drop and Rafa stays then the Newcastle manager will want to give the 20 year-old an extension to the youngster’s contract – which runs out at the end of June.
Kevin is a versatile player and can play anywhere along the back four and has played in both full-back positions for the first team this season.