The much anticipated arrival of Chancel Mbemba to Tyneside, finally happened on Thursday afternoon.
Firstly, photos circulated on social media of him leaving a Newcastle City Centre hotel, with then photos emerging of the central defender at St James Park and Sky Sports releasing footage of the player arriving by private jet at Newcastle Airport.
Mbemba is said to be completing his medical today and then like his former Anderlecht teammate Aleksandar Mitrovic, will then have to wait for his work permit to come through.
Whatever happens, Sunday’s game at Sheffield United definitely looks to be ruled out and then the other two possibilities are York on Wednesday, then the final friendly which is home to Borussia Monchengladbach a week on Sunday.
In the meantime, have a look at Chancel Mbemba in action below.
Despite being a whisker under 6ft, the defender is renowned for having a great leap and attacking the ball, both in general play and when getting in the opponents’ box.
A record of 9 goals in his 77 matches for Anderlecht is testament to that.
Fans will hope that Mbemba will provide the kind of authority in the air that has been desperately missing for years – Mike Williamson might be 6ft 4 but he definitely doesn’t exude authority or use that height to its proper advantage.
You will also see in the footage that the DR Congo international likes a tackle, which always goes down well with fans.
Despite going in where it hurts, he has a pretty respectable ten yellows and one red card over the course of these past two seasons.
Welcome to Chancel Mbemba….