Kevin Mbabu and BSC Young Boys completed their season on Friday night, a 2-0 win over Lausanne Sport in the final game.

This left them runners up in the league, 17 points behind champions Basel and 16 clear of third place Lugano.

Kevin Mbabu (watch his personal highlights video of this season below) started the game and was subbed after 78 minutes, however, it was comments he made to the Swiss media in the aftermath that have made a few headlines.

The Newcastle defender saying that he expected the final details of a permanent move to Young Boys to be settled shortly and a three year contract signed.

Despite only five first team appearances for Newcastle due in part to injuries, fans were impressed with what they saw, especially in Premier League matches against Chelsea and Manchester City.

Kevin Mbabu has had a decent season back in Switzerland, making 25 appearances and helping his loan club to finish as runners-up in the league.

In the 25 games this season, the Newcastle loan player has scored two goals but picked up 11 yellow cards as well as one red.

It was anticipated Mbabu would present Rafa Benitez with one of his more interesting/positive dilemmas with regard to returning loan players, as the United boss looks once again to oversee major changes in terms of players in and out.

News earlier this week appeared to give extra appeal regarding when Rafa has to decide on Kevin Mbabu, with the Newcastle Manager having made clear that he sees adding pace to his team/squad is essential to be able to compete in the Premier League.

In last Sunday’s Swiss league match against FC Thun, Mbabu was measured at 36.1km/h when chasing down an attacking  player and making a crucial saving tackle.

According to official records/data, only Gareth Bale (36.9km/h) has been measured as achieving a higher speed during a competitive match.

With Vurnon Anita set to be released and the recruitment of DeAndre Yedlin, Rafa Benitez has already recognised the need for added pace in his defence, so wouldn’t Kevin Mbabu have been worth a chance to be part of Newcastle’s plans going forward?

In  those appearances against Chelsea and Manchester City, Mbabu suggested like Yedlin, that he has the pace, stamina and ability to do that modern day full-back role of getting up and down the full length of the pitch (just watch the video below for more proof of that), to be  a key part of the attacking pay as well as defending.

Edge Technology Press Release:

‘Kevin Mbabu, the Newcastle United player currently out on loan in Switzerland with Young Boys, has been recorded with a top speed of 36.1km/h.

The record has been made during last game against FC Thun, sprinting for a defensive task, and finishing by a spectacular sliding tackle.

It makes him the second fastest player in the world, just behind Gareth Bale (36.9km/h), measured on a official football game.

Kevin Mbabu has been training with a personal performance coach since 2017, in order to improve his skills, speed and explosiveness.’



  • Damon Horner

    I haven’t seen enough to have an opinion over how good he could but one thing is for certain is you can never judge a players ability from a youtube video!

    • Carlo Ancelotti

      tell that to Dennis Wise

    • Geordiegiants

      No doubt about it, not many people remember Fumaca!

  • Carlo Ancelotti

    cant understand it Rafa hasnt see him play, i have & before his injury he did very well & it was against Chelsea

  • mactoon

    He’s an outstanding player, we would do well to keep him and he could be an excellent defender/wing back. Definitely better than what we have at the moment

    • Clarko

      What’s that assessment based on? He has played 143 minutes of Premier League football, have you watched him play for BSC Young Boys?

  • Geordiegiants

    I thought the same about lazaar, he looked good, but I have only seen him once.

  • Mark

    Can’t help thinking it’s a mistake to sell him

  • Cuh736

    If we lose out on him, that will be a disgrace. We didn’t even need to buy lazaar in the first place. If Dummett looks solid now, yet Mbabu looked far Bette than him when he had his chance…

    • MadMag83

      He’s primarily a right back, Dummett is a left back….

      • Cuh736

        But he played on the left though, didn’t he? Against Chelsea. Held Pedro down. Played on the left against city too.

        I also understand he can play centre back too?

        • MadMag83

          Yeah he played well at left back. Maybe his debut as a right back and he is right footed so that would be his ideal position. Apparently he can play centre back yeah. It would be interesting to know what position/s he has played for Young Boys.

  • Sing in the Leazes

    I’m sure I was just reading an article about loan signings on here the other day and everyone was agreed that they were a ‘disgrace’ if there was never any chance of the club taking the player on signing them at the end of the deal. The boot is on the other foot here but the principle still applies. If the lad wants to go then it’s fair enough.
    But he should never have been loaned out in the first place, he looked good enough for a squad place already.

    • Down Under Mag

      I think the issue was more that he was never going to get regular game time (like Lazaar) and at his age he needed it to progress. He looked like a decent player and had bags of pace about him but looking at his discplinary record last season it could be a case of not being trusted in tight situations right now. As long as we replace him with better then I don’t mind what happens…but will be annoying if he suceeds eslewhere.

  • Wor Lass

    Most of us have seen him play once or twice and he did well. Rafa and his staff will have seen him up close loads of times and have concluded that he isn`t what they want. Fair dues.

  • Paul Busby

    Would have liked to have seen more of the kid as he really impressed in the few appearances he made.
    Lot of mental drive, combined with pace and a handy bit of footwork.

  • HarryHype59

    I thought he looked a decent player when I have watched him play. He looked far better than Gamez who has been a waste of time.

    • MadMag83

      To be fair neither of them have had much game time at Newcastle. Hard to judge their true ability from a handful of games.

  • TubbyMunky

    I’d keep him. Always puts in a shift, and is a decent player.

  • HappyToons

    Emmanuel Riviere video highlights will be about a nanosecond.

    • TubbyMunky

      The highlight of which will be when he left SJP for the final time.