The Chronicle is reporting tonight that it’s their understanding that Rafa Benitez will offer a new two year deal to 21 year-old defender Kevin Mbabu.
The Swiss youth international looked good when he did play for the first team last season and he was especially impressive when he played left back against Chelsea at St. James’ Park at the end of September.
It’s been reported that Rafa Benitez has been mulling over which players to retain and which ones to release, so we may be seeing announcements coming soon.
But that will only happen after Benitez is announced as the new Newcastle manager later in the week – the sooner the better for Newcastle fans.
Kevin Mbabu – in action against Chelsea
The big problem that Kevin has had since he signed on from Servette just over three years ago are his injuries.
But that’s also a general problem at Newcastle and one we are hopping Rafa can get to the bottom of – once he has a good review of the medical department at the club and their procedures.
We are continually top of the injury league in the Premier League.
Kevin’s current deal runs out at the end of next month, so he looks to be one of the first to receive a new deal at Newcastle if this news is accurate.
Kevin deserves his chance and could become a very good player for Newcastle down the road – certainly his attitude and spirit are first class and he trains hard and has impressed Rafa Benitez.