We’ve been impressed with the attitude of some of our new young players who came in lats summer and have had to endure a very difficult season where the team has been struggling against relegation all season long.
We didn’t have too many good acquisitions in the summer in retrospect, but one of them was 21 year-old former Anderlecht center-back Chancel Mbemba, who has been a starter for the club all season and has recently come back from injury to partner 22 year-old Jamaal Lascelles at the back.
And both youngsters have been playing well for Newcastle.
Chancel Mbemba – played well for Newcastle
The two more experienced center-backs – Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor – haven’t played much this season.
Fabricio has been out since February 13th when we were hammered 5-1 at Chelsea and he injured his calf on the following Saturday in southern Spain and will not return to action this season.
Colo played 22 times with one goal this season and this will probably be his last season after eight years on Tyneside.
Steven Taylor has had another injury-hit season and played only seven times for the first team.
In his last game the local lad was dragged off at half time at Southampton after having an error strewn first half and like Colo – is unlikely to play again for Newcastle.
Chancel has talked in the Chronicle about the loss of Coloccini, which robs us of a lot of experience at the back in these vital games:
“We’ve got a situation where there are a few people injured at the moment, Coloccini is one of them. That’s the reality of life.”
“We can just work hard to make sure we try to get back fit and play when we can.”
“Football is a strange game but we just need to keep working hard to make sure we grind out those results.”
“We need to do that for the fans, they deserve that and it’s what we are working hard to do.”
“It’s the same for any game – you have to go into it believing you can win.”
Mbemba has a great attitude and other youngsters at the club with similar attitudes include Lascelles, Perez, Dummett, Darlow and Mitrovic – who seems to have calmed down a bit after a stormy start to the season.
Add in young Adam Armstrong and just think how Rafa Benitez can make these lads into much better players next season.
We just have to ensure we keep Rafa at the club whatever happens in the last three games.
That’s the really important thing if Newcastle are to have a bright future.
Howay The Lads!!