Kevin Mbabu had an excellent game for the Newcastle U-21 side in beating PSV 1-0 to win he Steel Park Cup yesterday and surprisingly enough Kevin has said that’s the first full 90 minutes he has played since he lasted the full game at home against Chelsea last season.
Kevin Mbabu in action against Chelsea last September
The Chelsea game was back on September 26th last year that we ended up drawing 2-2 after leading 2-0 with just 11 minutes to play.
The 21 year-old was great in that game, but injuries restricted his playing time last season to just 5 Newcastle appearances – the first season he has played in the first team.
We are hoping with Rafa concentrating on reducing the injuries at the club – Kevin can benefit from that.
There was a scare about his fitness when he had to leave the Ireland training camp in County Kildare, but it seems it wasn’t much of an injury and more of a precautionary move; Kevin was training again shortly after that.
This is what the former Swiss U-19 International has told the Chronicle today:
“Of course it’s important for me to play my first 90 minutes since last September against Chelsea,”
“I felt good out there and I’m really happy.” “My leg was tired across in Ireland so I came back a little earlier than everyone else but I trained for a few days afterwards and I’m back now.”
“I’m hoping to get some more minutes and get towards pushing for the first team.”
“It was really important for me to come down here because I need to play games and I need to get some confidence as well.
“I’m happy with my performance, the performance of the team, and also that I got a full 90 minutes.”
“We have to get back in the Premier League – that’s where we belong,” “We can do it, definitely.”
“It’s really exciting for us right now with the manager in charge.”
Kevin got a two year extension of his contract when Newcastle activated a clause in his contract and we would like to see him stay at Newcastle this season.
But the word is depending how he does in pre-season it could be he is sent out on loan by Rafa.
This lad is a good player and can have a Newcastle future, but he has to stay fit so he can show just what a good player he could become on Tyneside.
What do you think?