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Newcastle Defender Outstanding In Excellent U-21 Win

9:28 pm, Sunday, July 24th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 58 Comments

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 closeup newcastel goal

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Development squad · Injuries · Kevin Mbabu · Newcastle News · Newcastle U21

58 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieTwo // Jul 24, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    1926-1927 39 by Gallacher and 23 by McDonald. Not too shabby. 62 between them.

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Jul 24, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    Enough stats from me but great to mention such wonderful players.

  • 3 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 24, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    Just wish Mbabu could stay fit for more than a couple of games in a row !

    Also Findlay is getting some good reviews in his first couple of games he might even get some games in the first team by the end of the season

  • 4 welshgeordie9 // Jul 24, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Would Jamie Sterry be like a new signing as he’s done well so far, surely he will be playing regular this season in the championship.

  • 5 SUTTY1978 // Jul 24, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Welsh, I would imagine there are a few in the queue ahead of Sterry, Janmaat being the obvious one, then Anita, Jesus and Mbabu. If we have our usual amount of injuries then he’ll probably get 40 games.

  • 6 bettyswallocks // Jul 24, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Welshie…….. I actually feel a bit guilty making jokes about Gareth Bales head after learning that he actually suffers from Acromegaly.

  • 7 GeordieTwo // Jul 24, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    I’m not sure we’ve ever had 2 strikers each with 20 or more goals in one season of league play Jail mate?

  • 8 firebug666 // Jul 24, 2016 at 10:38 PM


    I think this season we might have Gayle, Mitrovic and Perez getting into double figures on the goal front.

    Last season I think we only scored 44 or 46 goals or something in 38 games, so far and it’s only pre-season we have scored 12 and conceded only 2.

    This could be a season of breaking records for all the right reasons.

  • 9 GeordieTwo // Jul 24, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    Beardsley (21) and Cole (34) did it in 93-94 Jail.

  • 10 GeordieTwo // Jul 24, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    Most excellent comment firebug mate. I could see us have a group of striker/wingers with somewhere around 70 goals mate. 23 from Mitro, 17 from Gayle, 13 from Perez, 8 from Armstrong and 10 from Ritchie sounds about right.

  • 11 firebug666 // Jul 24, 2016 at 10:47 PM


    Mmmmmmm; I was thinking:

    Mitrovic 17
    Perez 22
    Gayle 30+
    Ritchie 10+
    Armstrong (if played) 10+

    Recon we can score over a hundred goals if we get of to a flyer in the first few games, confidence will be high, and other teams will fear us, and that will always change the way they play.

  • 12 GeordieTwo // Jul 24, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    That is truly optimistic firebug mate. I salute you!!!

  • 13 SUTTY1978 // Jul 24, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    If Perez carries his pre-season form into the league and is played in the middle of the pitch he could rip it in the championship.

  • 14 GeordieTwo // Jul 24, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    If he rips it, it will leak Sutty mate. Just get at it Perez you wild Spanish stallion you!!! Huzzah!!!!

  • 15 firebug666 // Jul 24, 2016 at 10:51 PM



    Wow! A word not normally associated with a Newcastle supporter or our club.

    Great to see such a word making a comeback, I salute you too sir!

    I Rafa we trust.

  • 16 GeordieTwo // Jul 24, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    NO longer will we need to wear wor Thongs of Gloom lads!

  • 17 SUTTY1978 // Jul 24, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    On the downside, Mitro looks bang out of form but then again he won’t be in the first four games. Not sure on Gayle, obviously suits getting in behind and counter attacking, we will probably find a lot of teams playing deep against us so it might negate his abilities.
    If Aarons and Ritchie stay fit then we have good supply, if they don’t then were slightly goosed.

  • 18 bettyswallocks // Jul 24, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    G2……… Are you feeling optimistic?

  • 19 firebug666 // Jul 24, 2016 at 10:55 PM


    I agree 100% mate, if we can get the midfield and defence right, our strikers will get plenty of chances to put the ball in the net.

    I am 100% certain Rafa will win this league for us.

  • 20 firebug666 // Jul 24, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    According to Sunday’s edition of The Sun, Newcastle United are interested in signing Barnsley defender Alfie Mawson and Sheffield United striker Che Adams.

  • 21 welshgeordie9 // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:00 PM


    I don’t know about that mate, Sterry performances last 3 games has have been much better than those you have just mentioned, janmaat and Gamez probably ahead but the other full backs I’m not sure, Anita is not a right back or left back, dummett and Haidara well i think Sterry should be in front of those two.

  • 22 welshgeordie9 // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    With Sterry, Hanley, Gamez and Hayden we don’t need anymore defenders.

  • 23 Tsunki // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    I’m a bit undecided about this ” nothing can possibly go wrong” mentality. I have this uneasy feeling it may not all go quite as planned 😐

  • 24 welshgeordie9 // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    Another winger, maybe a forward then that’s us done i think.

  • 25 SUTTY1978 // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Firebug, it’s really just the midfield that bothers me, mainly creativity and goals from the centre of the park. If we want goals and to break teams down then we need to play two up top, so two players in the middle of the pitch. All we really have are defensive or deep midfielders (assuming Sissoko goes). Just not sure what the combo would be, none of our CM’s like to get forward into the box and when they do they look a bit lost!
    Other concern is lack of depth on the wings without playing people like Perez out of position.

  • 26 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Ben arfa is playing for psv right now, against inter, on sky sports 1. Half time 1-1

  • 27 GeordieTwo // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Ohhhhhh yes bettys mate. I am truly optimistic now. I have cast aside my Thong of Gloom. I have worshipped at the feet of Rafa. Tsunki mate this is our time! We will crush the opposition like so many grapes between our toes and then feast on the wine of victory! Huzzah!!!!

  • 28 GeordieTwo // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    You’re quibbling Sutty mate! Quibble not! We have the mighty Gru! We have the Dazzling Dutchman De Jong! We have The Spanish Fly Perez!

  • 29 SUTTY1978 // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Welsh, I thought Anita’s performances at the back end of last season were among the best full back performances I’ve seen from a Toon player in the last few years. Mbabu was a revelation against Chelsea and Man C last season. I’d love for someone like Sterry to make a claim for a first team spot but bear in mind the opposition are quite a bit below what we will face once the season kicks off. Will be interesting to see if he keeps his place for the final pre-season games. If he does then there’s a good chance he’ll start against Fulham

  • 30 Fostino // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Gp Sels krul darlow Elliott woodman

    Rb Jesus anita

    Lb sterry mbabu haidira

    Cb lascalles hanley mbemba Dummett

    Rm janmaat Ritchie

    Lm aarons thauvin goofy

    DM tiote hayden saviet

    Cm sissoko shelvey colback

    Attackers gayle mitro perez de jong armstong toney riverie

  • 31 bettyswallocks // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    So much optimism on show. The ultimate messenger of doom recently converted to chief prophet of optimism despite taking time out to count his chickens is still number one Rafa hailer. Great to see and feel. Positive vibes are so uplifting.

  • 32 GeordieTwo // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Well I’m not seeing the level of excitement I was expecting on here. Harrumph!

  • 33 firebug666 // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:13 PM


    I hope that will be sorted out with some new players in, I also have a feeling that Janmaat will be playing on the right wing, or will be cover for that position.

    I too worry about a forward creative playmaker, would like to see de Jong get back into it, but have some serious doubts over him staying fit.

    Having said all of that, I do have confidence in Rafa to bring it all together, he will see things in players we already have that have been hidden from us in the past.

    The championship is a tough league and Rafa will know that, and he will be getting the team ready for a gruelling season.

    I fancy us to challenge in the cups and win the league.

  • 34 SUTTY1978 // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    G2, no quibbling, just pontificating!

  • 35 GeordieTwo // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    People get a wonderful manager, a strong squad, magnificent support in the biggest ground in the league and still they grumble and fuss! Harrumph…….

  • 36 GeordieTwo // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    Pontificate not Sutty mate! Put on your Thong of Joy and cavort in the streets like me mate! People will get used to it sooner or later…..

  • 37 bettyswallocks // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    Messenger of caution@23. This is a movement now. Follow the pied piper or you may hinder the momentum.

  • 38 SUTTY1978 // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Firebug, think Ritchie is nailed on for that right wing spot. SDJ would be ideal but he does seem more fragile than a rich tea in a hot brew.
    I really hope Rafa gets it all sorted. I wish the bloody transfer window shut before the season and then at least you know where you are. August must be the worst month for Managers!

  • 39 GeordieTwo // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Exactly Tsunki mate as betty says. Cast aside your doubts. Look at the squad we have. Krul and Elliot in goal! Gammy Gamez and Able Anita at fullback! Lascelles, Mbemba and Hanley at CB! Gru, Tiote and Colback for midfield cover! Wonder winger Ritchie! Spanish Fly, Monstrous Mitro and Gayle force 10 up front! Huzzah!!!!

  • 40 Jib // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    Lots of “L” sounds here

  • 41 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    Santon coming on for Inter now.

  • 42 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    What’s up with Santon hair??

  • 43 bettyswallocks // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    Jib…… That looks more Welsh than Spanish. Are you sure you’re not confusing the two?

  • 44 bettyswallocks // Jul 24, 2016 at 11:53 PM

    Jib…… Alguna vez has interferido con una oveja?

  • 45 Toonacious T // Jul 25, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    Sports Direct staff ‘not treated as humans’, says MPs’ report –

  • 46 loonie-toon // Jul 25, 2016 at 1:31 AM

  • 47 SPRINGY // Jul 25, 2016 at 2:01 AM

    have’nt seen much of alfie mawson,but did watch him in a couple of playoff games after he was named players player of the season or something like that,very cool and calm,times his jumps well seems to get his head to a lot and from what i seen seems to reads the game well…..does’nt look the quickest though,but that was only over 1-2 games so cant be to critical or praising.

  • 48 jimmysmith // Jul 25, 2016 at 5:56 AM

    Alfie Mawson. What a great name for a footballer. Sign him up Rafa. He’s fated to be a star. Like Billy Bonds, or Charlie George.

  • 49 Tsunki // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    Sore loser, Jib. 🙂

    Leccion uno:

    The word ‘Real’ has only one “L” and is pronounced with a proper “L”, however the word “Vallecano” has two conjoined “L”s and is pronounced with a “Y” sound. Hence it sounds like “Ray-al Va-ye-cah-no” 😀

  • 50 Tsunki // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:11 AM

    Jimmy Aye it’s a name from another age I bet his photos all turn out black and white for no explicable reason. 🙂

  • 51 Ron Knee // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:11 AM

    Harry Kane sounds like somebody out of the fifties.

  • 52 Jib // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    Some representatives of the club are already in the London area for tommorrows game against Southend – talking to Ross McCormack and Rab Douglas his agent.
    I think this transfer will be announced as early as tomorrow or Wednesday

  • 53 Tsunki // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:13 AM

    Ron, a London gangster from the sixties?

  • 54 Ron Knee // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:16 AM


    He’s even got the hair for it, or had!

  • 55 Jib // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:16 AM

    Anyone remember ?

    In the Victor
    Alf Tupper – the tough of the track.

    Worked as a welder – trained in boots and ate nothing but fish and chips but regularly won Olympic events

  • 56 Jib // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:19 AM
    Everyone but Tsunki can hear the “L”

  • 57 jimmysmith // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:22 AM

    The fourth fiddle. I’m surprised it wouldn’t have occurred to him. Gouffran and Rivierre won’t be happy either. They are actually quite accomplished footballers.

  • 58 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    I see Arsenal have signed that young defender from Bolton, in part apparently to increase the British representation in their squad. You’d have to assume on the strength of that, whatever Wenger might say, he didn’t rate Hayden too highly. Still we are a Championship club, and beggars can’t be choosers I suppose.

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