With the clock ticking already and the Championship kicking off in only 82 days time (6 August), Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba has declared that the players next season ‘are going to try really hard’ for the fans.
If that had come from anybody else at the back apart from Mbemba or Jamaal Lascelles, then you would have heard instant cries of derision from supporters.
However, almost to a man, the Newcastle fans will be hoping that the promising Mbemba and Lascelles partnership will be the solid base at the back for a promotion bid, whilst equally it will be hoped that there will be no new contract for Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini to at last move on.
Dummett will be seen a somebody who can do a job, with Mbabu hopefully given a new contract, whilst Daryl Janmaat is looking sure to move on.
Vurnon Anita is an interesting one, after belatedly showing that he may have something of substance to offer the team, only at right-back rather than midfield where he has invariably struggled.
How much we can read into Chancel Mbemba’s end of season words is anybody’s guess but he is the type of promising young player that hopefully Newcastle can keep hold of, get promotion and then build further from there.
Much though obviously depends on Mike Ashley coming up with the right backing to persuade Rafa Benitez to stay.
Chancel Mbemba talking to the official club website:
“It was absolutely fantastic to hear the fans out there like that. It was the last game, and we wanted to say a massive thank you to all the supporters.
“They were brilliant – they were there from the beginning to the end, and helped us all the way.
“We couldn’t give up, even in the situation that we were in, and next season we are going to try really hard for them.
“We had to give them that present (win over Spurs). For the fans, all the members of staff and everyone who was here, we needed to win. We had to go out there and do it for them.
“It was a bit of a strange feeling to be honest, but we had to go out there, we are professional sportsmen and we have to play the 38 games.
“We wanted to finish it as well as we could, and we were all happy with the performance today. We needed to finish well and it was a bit difficult for us, but it was nice to get that victory.
“It was great for us all round. We just let one goal in so it was a nice defensive display. We got forward a lot, had a lot of chances and we created them and scored a lot of goals, which was a really positive thing for us.”