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Steve McClaren says he wants to keep soon to be out of contract Newcastle player

4 years ago
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The Swiss defender turns 21 in April and then sees his current contract end this June.

Newcastle United’s failure to progress young players under Steve McClaren and John Carver, once again led to a player being thrown in at the deep end.

After a disastrous start to the season and without a win, injuries and an under strength squad meant Steve McClaren was forced to throw Kevin Mbabu in against Chelsea for his first ever first team football.

An excellent performance, both defensively and going forward, left fans scratching their heads as to why Mbabu had never been given a single chance previously, especially when it was Haidara and Dummett who were the first and second choice ahead of the Swiss defender.

He followed that debut up with another excellent first half at the Etihad, playing a part in Aleksandar Mitrovic’s goal, before he was struck by injury just before half-time.

Kevin Mbabu came back from injury in the FA Cup at Watford but then picked up an injury once again, now he is due back later this month.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Steve McClaren was asked whether he wanted to keep the player beyond this current contract:

“Yes. I like him, he has got a good attitude, he is a good athlete and he  is strong – he’s willing and wants to do a job.

“He is wholehearted and you can see he just wants to get up the field with the ball.

 “It’s a shame (picked up injury after cup match) because he did well, it was his first game back at Watford in the FA Cup.

“We wanted to try that system (3-5-2) and have a look at it.

“We thought it worked very well – we had only planned on giving him an hour before we changed and did well for that time.”

(You can also vote on which of five players you’d like to keep who see their contracts run out in June – vote HERE)

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