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New Revelations About Chancel Mbemba

There’s a piece in Ojogo in Portugal that say Newcastle got only 4.5M for Chancel Mbemba who we always thought was a good player but was hardly used by Rafa Benitez when he arrived at Newcastle in March 2016.

It was a very good move for Chancel, and we had estimated the fee at £5M from reports at the time, although 4.5M is around £4.1M.

We paid around £9M for him when he was signed in the summer of 2015 from Anderlecht, so we surprisingly lost money on Mbemba.

The rumors of why Rafa didn’t rate him was that he didn’t follow instructions during games and today the Chronicle is reporting he was late for training a few times – which – if true – is not good.

Rafa demands that his players are professional.

Chancel Mbemba – in Porto’s colors

But we don’t want to stain the name of Chancel Mbemba either because he played very well in his first season on Tyneside, but then was almost ostracized by Rafa after he joined the club.

So if Rafa isn’t going to use a player – the same can be said for Aleksandar Mitrovic – we should sell them.

Newcastle got about £26M for both Mbemba and Mitrovic this summer, and they both joined us from Anderlecht three years ago for about that same combined amount – £26M.

This is what Rafa said about the center-back when he left the club:

“We are talking about a player where we know he has quality if we analyse him technically.”

“After, you have to settle down in the team, the city and the country. All these things together can make a big difference to the performance of a player on the pitch.”

“We had Jamaal [Lascelles], [Ciaran] Clark and [Florian] Lejeune doing well, so he didn’t have his space in the team for him.”

“There is an opportunity for him now to go to an important club and do well.”

Newcastle now seem to be very strong at center-back with Federico Fernandez and Fabian Schar the new recruits, and we still have Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, and Florian Lejeune – when he’s fit again.

Newcastle could let one of those go next summer.

Florian may be back as early as January if all goes well with his recovery from a severe ACL injury he picked up in training.

We’ll remember Chancel Mbemba as a good player for us, and we hope he does very well at Porto.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 5, 2018 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #1

    The Dr will see you now…

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 5, 2018 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Definitely rated this player, but if he wasn’t adjusting to life in Newcastle, it was never going to work and Rafa was right to focus on the players who were and ultimately get rid of Mbemba.

    I do feel we may end of looking at this sale as one of potential regret mind.

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 5, 2018 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Lol Bambams, ask and ye shall receive….

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 5, 2018 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #4

    No regrets Ibiza – if you’re not moving forwards, you’re heading backwards.

    Shame nobody told the fat one…..

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Rob…Funny you should say that. I was trying to get someone to explain to me recently what the hell that actually means.

    No regrets? I get don’t dwell on the past, but surely that’s just a ridiculous statement. I guess I take it far too literally.

    As for not telling Mike, I highly doubt he hasn’t been told, just knows better


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