Newcastle United have been crying out for a confident and powerful defender such as Chancel Mbemba, who is good in the air and strong in the tackle.

Yesterday the DR Congo international arrived in Newcastle for his medical and to complete the deal, first spotted and photographed  leaving a Newcastle City Centre hotel before later being seen at St James Park.

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As well as what he can hopefully deliver defence wise, there is another massive bonus that should come with Mbemba.

In the past two seasons, these are the defenders to have scored first team goals:

2013/14 Paul Dummett, Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor

2014/15 Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett, Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson

None of them scored more than once in a season and so the grand total is eight over the course of two years.

In that same period, Chancel Mbemba has scored nine by himself, six in the Belgian League and three in the Champions League.

You can make the point that the Premier League is clearly a higher standard than that in Belgium, which is certainly true in open play but when it comes to set-plays and corners it doesn’t really matter that much who you are up against to a large extent.

If the ball is delivered in the right place and you are hungry enough to put everything into meeting it – then you will score at any level.

As you can see if you watch this video footage of Mbemba in action, he looks to have that hunger that is all but totally absent for Newcastle’s players, especially centre-backs, when it comes to attacking those set-plays.

Last season Newcastle kicked off the Premier League season with Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson as first choice centre-backs.

When it comes to Premier League goals, Coloccini has three in six PL seasons and Williamson has one in five PL seasons.

It is just not good enough and tells you that a total lack of competition has meant players have got off far too lightly – Williamson, Taylor and Coloccini being the same three centre-backs who were with Newcastle when promoted back in 2009/10.

Hopefully with the signings of Mitrovic and Wijnaldum we have guaranteed a boost in goals from open play, to have Mbemba (plus hopefully other defensive signings…) adding some more from (compared to normal for Newcastle) unusual places will be a massive help as the club look to rebuild.

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  • Mikakaka

    That surely has to be one of the worst articles I’ve read.  Where are the amazing stats??

  • good butt not quite carling

    its not hard to be better then willo

  • v0ices

    if hes 20 he had a hard paper round back in the congo, yes lets buy defenders based on scoring statistics.

  • In slight defence of our defenders it shouldn’t be ignored that we have nobody that can take anything resembling a decent set piece.

  • Nutisbak2

    We should still not be ignoring the questions over Mbemba’s real age yes at best he’s about 21 and could be 27 or older at worst. In reality what player/person doesn’t really know his real age?

    Someone who is trying to hide it! This is very common for Players from Africa to try to conceal in order to gain lucrative moves to big clubs which set them up for life, it doesn’t really matter to him if he is over 30 and only has a few years left in the game.

    Take Obafimi Martins as an example, his real age was bought into question when we bought him, he had a bit more of a stint after us and is now playing in the MLS. Somewhere traditionally the haunt of older players. You wouldn’t think if he had been the young buck he was meant to be that he would be playing there now.

    Our fingers may well get slightly charred on this move.

  • 1957

    Those stats look worse if you only look at goals directly from corners or free kicks not open play. I think in that case the total is only three?
    Mbemba doesn’t look 21 but at the price we might as well take him, he can’t be worse than what we have.

  • wor monga

    We need the lad to be fast and strong at the back…to get up
    with the opposition big lads on centres into the box, and dominate in the air…his age
    doesn’t matter neither does how many goals he’s scored, from open play, or whatever…

    …if
    he can come out playing possession football from the back and dominate the air in our box then he is what
    we need, because that’s what we are badly missing, and is well known to be our ‘Achilles heel’…

    …I reckon Mbemba will do this, and can also be a force up
    front as a bonus!!

  • DownUnderMag

    No offence, but no-one on earth could score given the lack of decent crossing ability in our side the past few seasons.  In all honesty we’ve lacked a good crosser of the ball since Nobby and Robert days.  It’s good we have players coming in who offer a goal threat, I would just like to see us get that little bit of spark, that creativity and delivery we are lacking.
    I also want my defence to keep goals OUT, scoring is not their job….it is a bonus.

  • Michael Maximus Moose

    Anybody looks good compared to the Chuckle Brothers

  • Lee Spoor

    Nothing amazing about this dross article

  • geordie4567

    Maybe it’s the only way for the club to sign a player over the age of 25! If he’s good enough, who cares?

  • LeazesEnder

    He’s a ‘false’ number nine….

  • AB233

    Hoof it to Mbemba this season on corners then