Chancel Mbemba has produced an impressive and surprising personal statement to send a message to Newcastle fans wondering about his absence from the team.
Reaffirming his commitment to the club and using a biblical reference to back up his statement.
The statement hasn’t been put out through official channels (the club) which would usually be the norm.
With Ciaran Clark now ruled out as well as DeAndre Yedlin, it leaves Newcastle with very little pace at the back, which Fulham exploited on Saturday.
Many Newcastle fans would have been fancying that Chancel Mbemba would be getting his chance once again but after reading his statement today, I can’t help but think that the behind the scenes reasons for Rafa Benitez leaving him out, still remain.
The DR Congo international usually doesn’t even make the bench now and I can only see him, sadly, being left out again at Birmingham.
Chancel Mbemba personal statement via his Twitter account:
“Despite my minimal playing time this season I am here and not giving up.
“I continue to train ardently and seriously and I will not give up until I find my place in the team.
“My wish is to come back stronger than ever and satisfy you, my fans, as I was able to do last season in the Premier League.
“Ecclesiastes 7: 8:
‘Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, better a patient mind than a haughty spirit’.
It is easy to forget that when arriving as a 20 year old from the weak Belgian league, Chancel Mbemba was easily Newcastle’s best defender last season.
After recovering from injury, the former Anderlecht player actually played in the final nine games under Rafa Benitez last season and was an integral part of the defence that helped United remain undefeated in the final six Premier League games.
The start of the season saw, a bit like the team overall, the Mbemba/Lascelles partnership looking a bit shaky at times and after the Wolves defeat, either could have been dropped, but Clark came in for Mbemba and not Lascelles, with the Irish international immaculate once given a proper chance.
In contrast, Mbemba has only had one Championship game (home defeat to Blackburn) since September and even struggles to get on the bench – the Reading away game the only one he has been named amongst the subs for since 2 January.
Chancel Mbemba is confident on the ball and above all else has that pace which the likes of Anita, Lascelles, Hanley and Dummett are lacking.
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