Chancel Mbemba made a big impression on and off the pitch when making his competitive Newcastle debut against Southampton.
The centre-back put in a great display during the 90 minutes but even before kick-off, Mbemba was the talk of the toon as he turned up for the match in a Tuxedo, very much looking the part.
Which as United’s first team coach Paul Simpson explained after the 2-2 draw with the Saints, was just part of the plan.
Simpson saying that with Mbemba not speaking much English, it may have got ‘lost in translation’ for the DR Congo international when Steve McClaren and his coaching team asked the players to turn up in suits for a more professional look.
“We just think it is more professional, we like players turning up for home games…we understand at away games they might want to wear tracksuits because it is more comfortable, but for home games we just think that turning up in suits, and leaving the stadium in suits, makes them look better.
“I also know from my own playing days, when you turn up in a suit it is a statement that it is a match day, a proper working day – we’re here to do the business.
“He looked a million dollars turning up in full dinner suit and I thought he must have a function to go to that night.
“Whether it was lost in translation I don’t know….but he definitely looked the part and then took that into the game, because I thought he looked the part as well when he played.”
Moving forward three weeks and Mbemba has kept the look, even better is the fact that new boy Florian Thauvin has joined him.
Have a look at the video of them arriving this morning for today’s lunchtime match against Arsenal, Newcastle now definitely beginning to look the part…