The Newcastle United U-21 side won the Steel Park Cup today with a second successive win and clean sheet – a 1-0 victory over PSV.
And it was good to see Kevin Mbabu fit again and playing really well in the game, as he had to return to Newcastle during the week’s training camp in Ireland with a slight leg injury.
Kevin Mbabu – very good game today for U-21 side
The 21-year-old full-back is proving his fitness with the U-21 side and Newcastle’s U-21 manager Peter Beardsley was very impressive with the display from Kevin in the Steel Park Cup today:
“He looked really strong – he looked like the man, didn’t he?” “With all due respect to PSV, he was a bit scary at times – I’m glad he wasn’t tackling me!”
“That’s what he’s about though. Against Chelsea last season we saw it: he’s whole-hearted, genuine and gives you everything he’s got.” “He’s a big, big plus for us.”
“Especially first half we were outstanding – everyone played really well,” “Ultimately it’s about having good players and then you’ll have a good team; they’re good players, but whether they’re top players now, probably not.”
“But we couldn’t have a better group.” “We’ve dominated this pre-season and we’re enjoying it.” “The best thing about this win was that Nathan Harker didn’t have a single save to make.”
“An incredible defensive display – Macaulay Gillesphey and Stuart Findlay in the heart of the defense made loads of blocks.”
“Then Kyle Cameron on one side, and Kevin Mbabu on the other side, who was outstanding.”
When Kevin has played in the first team he’s looked very good, but the big test with Kevin is to keep the lad fit.
But it’s really good that he seems to be fit again, so it was only a slight leg injury that he picked up in Ireland.
Wonder how Siem de Jong is progressing with that hamstring injury?
Good to see the U-21 side play so well today and win something.