The last two games Chancel Mbemba has started for Newcastle he put in two very poor performances and we lost both games.
The first was the home game against Wolves, which we lost 2-0 and that had followed the mid-week mauling of QPR 6-0 away – and the Wolves result was a complete and utter shock.
Then the second game he started was against Bolton at home in late November which we lost 1-0 and that ended our nine game winning streak .
Chancel Mbemba – loan move?
So you cannot blame Rafa for being hesitant to include the center-back in the team, but whether he will allow the 22 year-old to go out on loan this month is another matter.
There are reports in Belgium that his former club Anderlecht want him on loan for the rest of the season, but surely there can be little chance that Rafa will allow one of his four center-backs to leave the club this month.
Chancel’s form has been very disappointing this season and most of us thought he would be a starting center-back like he was last season in the Premier League – his first season on Tyneside.
But it hasn’t turned out that way mainly due to his poor form and the outstanding displays of new boy Ciaran Clark, who is having a great season for us – maybe our best defender so far.
But Chancel could be sold this summer as Rafa will attempt to further improve the Newcastle squad when we are hopefully back where we belong – back in the Premier League.