We dare say we could can say with some confidence that 21 year-old Chancel Mbemba is a big fan of his new manager Rafa Benitez.
Today the former Anderlecht defender says the players have loads of confidence these days and it all trickles down from the number one and the leader of the team (club?) – Rafa Benitez.
And it’s also the staff and the fans who get confidence from the Spaniard.
Chancel has been playing well of late and is forming a really strong partnership with 22 year-old Jamaal Lascelles – and it’s unusual to have such a young center-back partnership.
Chancel Mbemba congratulated by Rafa Benitez
Newcastle have done really well in the last four games and we are all hoping that will continue in our final two games of the season.
This is what Chancel Mbemba had said about Rafa:
“Every single one of us has confidence in ourselves and in each other.”
“It’s thanks to the coach, who is the number one and the leader. He instills that in every single one of us, players and staff.”
“It trickles down from the very top and the whole squad have that confidence now.”
“We were really happy – every single person in the dressing room was delighted.”
“We deserved the win. Not just us – the players – but everyone involved, the staff and the fans as well.”
“We worked hard to take the 3 points. We identified it as a must-win game and we needed it. We knew that it could mean we leave the relegation zone.”
“We just need to continue to work hard to make sure we stay out of the relegation zone and stay in the Premier League.”
There’s one thing that Mike Ashley can do that will even have some fans complimenting the owner.
Whether we stay up or go down he should sign Rafa and his coaches to a long term contract at the club – make it eight years – like he gave to Alan Pardew and was willing to eventually give to Steve McClaren.
That would ensure Newcastle are in good hands for a considerable length of time and Mike can stay in the background and even start enjoying watching the Newcastle games.
Some may even call him a successful owner down the road as Rafa turns Newcastle into a European powerhouse.
Wouldn’t that be something.