Young Defender Still Dreams Of Newcastle Future


Rafa Benitez is an experienced manager who transformed Newcastle’s squad over the summer transfer window and the team is still gelling but if we keep improving like we have so far this season we could become a really top side quite soon.

That’s the hope anyway as Rafa gets to grips with his new players and we certainly brought in some bargains over the summer – players like Matt Ritchie, DeAndre Yedlin, Grant Hanley, Isaac Hayden, Ciaran Clark and Mo Diame to name only six.

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Kevin Mbabu in action for Young Boys against Bazenheid

21 year-old Kevin Mbabu hopes to return to Newcastle next summer as a better player after his loan spell to BSC Young Boys and the problem Kevin has had in his Newcastle career is that he has been injured most of the time.

The 21 year old had a number of injuries whilst on Tyneside since signing for us in January of 2103 and the defender made his debut last Sunday in the cup against Bazenheid for BSC Young Boys.

This is what he told Berner Zeitung after the game:

“I needed time to find the game, felt some pressure,” “It was good for the confidence.”

“By now I know exactly what it takes. It is important to complete a season without injury.”But that was hopefully just the beginning.”

“I hope to still often play in this league.”

And Kevin also talked about his almost four years so far at Newcastle:

“In the beginning it was not easy without family and friends in a country where you do not understand the language.”

(yes –  that Geordie can be difficult)

“But then I got used to the intense training, learned a lot, I have no regrets.”

Young Boys Coach Adi Hutter was impressed with Kevin:

“He is talented and will continue to develop with us. But we must not forget that he has not previously played a long time.”

“It has been seen that he is a robust and strong player with potential.”

“He has integrated very well with us.”

So far that’s Kevin’s only first team appearance and he has also played twice for the BSC Young Boys U-21 side.

Kevin will need to do well this season with Rafa during the summer having brought in five new back four players including three new full backs – Jesus Gamez, DeAndre Yedlin and Achraf Lazaar.

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46 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 26, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Conga line forms here!
    We want Adam Armstrong! Boom!
    We want Adam Armstrong!
    Boom boom, boom boom, boom, boom!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 26, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #2

    I think we will be lucky to get a draw on Wednesday, Norwich are not a bad side, much better than villa.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 26, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #3

    What’s happened to my colour Ed, i want my red back.

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 26, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #4

    welshie
    What makes Norwich better than Newcastle?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 26, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #5

    I didn’t say they were better than us, I’m just thinking they might give us a harder match than what villa did.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 26, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Has my Avatar changed to a picture of Ashley in Jail?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 26, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Belfast,
    How’s this for customer service. Show me the link where you posted a correct eleven or shut the fcuk up!!!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 26, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Jail

    thats not very a very nice thing to say as a customer service colleague.

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  • one fine day

    Sep 26, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Budge 123
    From yesterday
    Sorry had to rush out so didn’t reply mate.
    On mitro , actual I am a fan and hopefull he will deliver ( I have him down with mar toon as my top scorer ,but also have us down to win the elf cup so at least one bit is still alive)
    I think the rotation does work for most players and is a massive improvement on last year now that no play owns his place and they have to push very game to stay in the side but I do agree with you on the consistency side of things.
    Just think he seems a bit prone to sulking when he isn’t in the starting line up.
    He should have been busting a gut to make something happen and justify a selection for Wednesday .
    I think the only players rotated are those who underperformed so far.
    As I said I’d love him to have a week with shearer one on one to sort him out in how to put yourself about in a smart way .
    Failing that we put him in room ala clockwork orange and make him watch ALs 206 video on repeat ?
    And if he hasn’t improved by Christmas then I hope we have something (even Arma at this level although still not convinced he is prem league yet )or someone lined up

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 26, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #10

    welshie
    If u don’t think they are better than us why would we be lucky to draw mate?

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 26, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #11
  • WWSBRD

    Sep 26, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Jail
    I’ve got the same avatar showing on mine mate

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 26, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #13

    bettyswallocks

    Thanks, that’s very sweet of you.

    Ha ha ha

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 26, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #14

    It was areal pity about his injury when it happened he was showing real potential in that Chelsea game same as Yedlin is now.

    Munster
    As you say we should and do have a team that should be able to outscore any of the others in this league.

    Only however if our lads don’t keep missing sitters

    What happened to that goal scoring coach, I suspect he’s not with us still.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 26, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Stats showed that we had 18 shots and 4 on target.

    As a aside to the above, are shots that hit the post or crossbar that were direct and not deflected classed as on target or misses. I would say that they are misses, any other thoughts on the matter?

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 26, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Essex
    They aren’t on target mate so go down as misses

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 26, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Hey all, hope you’ve all had a great day!!

    Onto Newcastle, really worried about the Norwich game. They are showing that they are too good for this league, have we?

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  • Belfast

    Sep 26, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #18

    I can’t locate it Buster. It’s your ball so you can take it home. I don’t like it anyway. Meh!

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 26, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Go on G2, give it large about Arma. You know it makes sense. 🙂 He doesn’t miss sitters.

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 26, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #20

    If Watford win tonight, they draw level with Chelski!

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 26, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Let Norwich fear us YMFB, they haven’t played anybody yet. Good time to set down another marker, this time at home. I’ll take the same score as last season now. 🙂 Unlikely maybe, but they’ve got the same suspect defence. Gonna watch your lot right now, or should I say your local team – no offence mate.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 26, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #22

    And with the flick of a switch, the tablet magically transforms into Sky Sports. The wonders of technology. 🙂

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 26, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #23

    I’m really disappointed by Perez and Mitro so far. Let’s look at the stats shall we?
    Mitovic: 1 goal, 1 assist, 111 minutes played
    Perez: 1 goal, 1 assist, 473 minutes played! weak in all categories according to whoscored.com! Wtf???

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 26, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #24

    What would Catweazle have made of this then? Electrickery! Fft, fft. Age showing again. Later.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 26, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Shocked at Perez’s stats! He’s been absolutely hopeless. Time to gather some splinters on the bench Ayoze!!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 26, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Get Armstrong back Rafa mate! This Perez has become a joke!!!

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  • sing in the corner

    Sep 26, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #27

    Reflecting..
    Clubs like these…Watford, Burnley, bloody Swansea. All in the Premier league, and theres us in the Champo. 🙁

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 26, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #28

    WWSBRD

    Yeah that’s what I thought, I do find it irritating when commentators say it’s unlucky when a shot hits the post.

    It’s a bl00dy miss, even Goofy’s the other week!!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 26, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Bobby

    Jon Pertwee, Dr. Who and Catweazle, what an actor.

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  • Themesh

    Sep 26, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #30

    to be fair to mitro , 111mins and 1 goal 1 assist thats little over 1 game in match time so its not too bad, but i guess it was QPR

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 26, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #31

    Essex
    Must admit I do love a connoned shot off the sticks, that Ayew one was a beaut

    A moment where the entire ground holds it breath

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 26, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #32

    Callum Roberts is banging them in for the reserves isn’t he? Anyone know out about him?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 26, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #33

    WWSBRD

    I suppose you could say that was lucky for us. 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 26, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #34

    WWSBRD, aye, he was one of my players worth mentioning from the Academy mate. Tricky winger who likes to cut inside and smash em. Good going either way and can deliver a fine cross. Used to work really well with Arma when they were both academy players. Mentioned him a few times on here as one who might break into the first team squad.

    Just watching the game – 1-0 to Burnley. Three teams, these and Bournemouth who’s combined attendance will be lucky to match ours this season, yet here we sit in the Championship. Funny old world.

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 26, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #35

    Essex
    True though had Yedkin not collapsed Ayew wouldn’t of gotten the chance so lucky for them haha

    Bobby
    He’s been training with the first team recently so he might get a go before season end we aren’t that well off for wingers especially with Aaron’s injury problems

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 26, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #36

    WWSBRD, when I first started posting I used to get to a lot of Academy and U21 games, before my back decided it had had enough of it. 🙂 When people were saying we never bring players through, I pointed out my opinion that we had some good kids I thought might go all the way. One went to France, so not worth bothering with, but the others were Arma, Aarons, Roberts and Mbabu, who were all playing together at the time. Mbabu then got injured and I thought he’d left – whoops- although he was out for such a long time. Roberts is quick and can pick out a good pass so it wouldn’t surprise me to see him given a chance.
    Anyway, back to the match.

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 26, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Bobby
    I used to go and see them whenever they were at St James, Whitley was a bit too much effort for the pay off tbh stopped a few years back when Bigi was playing CB and we had a striker at RB

    I’d love for us to start being through the odd home grown player though time will tell if we do…I still don’t hold out much hope

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 26, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #38

    Newcastle, despite underperforming terribly at times are still the 6th best epl team historically. Essentially you have to be good to break in and nail down a place. Without doubt the academy has failed to bring through enough players, but the number you could also hope for is undoubtedly going to also be low given how good you do need to be. Being an elite side in English football, our Academy I suppose is more of a production line for the lower leagues in reality. Rafa may improve things, but obviously it requires investment along with expertise.

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 26, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #39

    jimmy
    Doesn’t help when u sack ur academy off either tbf

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 26, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #40

    Quite enjoyed that. 2-0 to Burnley. I’ve got to say, Dyche has assembled a group of real grafters there. If there’s a harder working PL outfit, I’ve yet to witness one. What they lack in technical ability, they certainly make up with sheer hard work. At 67 mins they’d already covered a full four kms more than Watford. How long they can keep that workrate up remains to be seen, but credit to them so far.

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