With Ciaran Clark still out injured we’ll have to wait and see if Chancel Mbemba gets another start today at Hillsborough, after he was a surprise starter against Burton Albion on Wednesday night and played very well in the 1-0 win.
Mbemba was the first choice center-back last season, but since Rafa has come in the 34 times capped DR Congo International has made very few appearances for the Magpies and it even seems he could be sold in the summer.
Chancel Mbemba and Rafa Benitez
But Rafa has come out and praised the former Anderlecht defender for both his form and his attitude – and it reflects very well on Chancel that he has remained upbeat and positive, even though he hasn’t made the squad a lot of times this season.
This is what Rafa has said in the local press as reported in the Northern Echo about Chancel:
“A lot of people are talking about Mbemba. Clark and Lascelles were doing really well together for the majority of games during the season.”
“But he was really positive in training and in the dressing room.”
“I have been really pleased with him. Without Clark we had three centre-backs and he had been doing really well.”
“He was fine in the last game, so I’m happy with that and with his attitude.”
We have to admit that we think Rafa will sell Chancel Mbemba this summer and probably try to bring in Hull City’s Harry Maguire, but a number of Newcastle fans will not be happy with that.
Chancel played really well last season for us and is a good player and a great guy.
It’s not surprising he is a big favorite with the Newcastle fans.
What do you think?