17-year-old Kevin Mbabu was a top young Swiss player when we signed him back in January 2013 on a three-and-a-half-year contract, and he was assigned to the Development squad.
But in his time at Newcastle, he was nearly always injured, and he thinks his body was not ready for what he calls the intensity of the Newcastle training.
In retrospect, he thinks it was a mistake to join Newcastle, and he played only five times for the first team before he found his feet again at Young Boys on loan starting in August 2016.
Kevin Mbabu – continues to play well for Young Boys
This is some of what he has said in Neue Zürcher Zeitung:
“I wasn’t even 18, and left Servette for Newcastle.”
“I also rejected Arsenal. England was not a success for me, but I learned a lot there.”
“The experience of that time is part of what has become of me. The experience of the past is part of me.”
“The choice of Newcastle was not very good. But it helps me today. Mentally, I was tested enormously.”
“I was injured in England for almost two of the three and a half years, and I had muscle problems all the time. Six, seven injuries.”
“Physically, my body was not ready for the intensity in Newcastle training.”
“I did not have the best lifestyle and was too busy with too many things.”
“These can be reasons for injuries.” “Today I try not to repeat the mistakes.”
“Development shows me that I am not on the wrong track.”
“My dream is to return to the Premier League.” “But in life, sometimes it does not work the way you want.”
“Every way is different.”
Kevin made his debut for Switzerland on September 8 of this year when he started in the 2018–2019 UEFA Nations League match against Iceland.
He certainly seems a sensible lad and admits that he has used his experience at Newcastle, where he really seemed injury prone, and Rafa let him leave the club in the summer of last year.
Kevin had played really well on loan at Young Boys in the 2016-2017 season, and he has continued that form this season and is now interesting some big clubs in England.
He seems to be one player who got away.
But we wish him success in his football career and could see him back in the Premier League soon.
What do you think?