Set to return to Newcastle for pre-season training at the start of July, Kevin Mbabu has been making his mark whilst at Young Boys on loan for a year.

The 22 year old versatile defender returned to his homeland for a season, after Rafa Bent

itez deemed that he needed regular first football to progress his game and give the player the necessary experience.

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 24 appearances so far (final league match of the season this Friday) and helping his loan club to finish as runners-up in the league.#

With only three points left to play for tomorrow (Friday), Young Boys trail Basel by 17 points and are ahead of third placed Lugano by 13 points.

In the 24 games this season, the Newcastle loan player has scored two goals but picked up 10 yellow cards as well as one red.

Mbabu will 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 this morning will possibly give extra appeal when Rafa is deciding 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 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 will Kevin Mbabu have done enough to be part of Newcastle’s plans going forward?

In  those appearances against Chelsea and Manchester City, Mbabu suggested like Yedin, 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, 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.’

  • Spider

    Keep him Raffa, he’s a Decent kid save money instead of paying big for a name, at least he wants to be here.

  • TheTradge

    Who is “Bent itez”? Never heard of him haha!

    As for Mbabu, the kid is a class act, we need to give him a run out in the first team, he looked brilliant at times for us in the PL.

  • The Vicar

    Whenever he has played he has looked the part. I could not understand why so many commentators have him in the “release or sell” column.

  • Leazes Ender

    Obafemi Martins was touted as the fastest player in the world at one time….. pity he was so bloody useless with the ball at his feet which hindered his pace considerably.

    • Yet, he did score quite a few important goals back then. Wasn’t a bad player by all means.

      • Wor Lass

        A scorer of great goals as opposed to a great goal scorer!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    worth keeping for a season at Nufc

  • Rich Lawson

    lets have a look at how he has matured in some pre-season games,bit worried bout all those cards,but hopefully Rafa could instil a bit more discipline to his game ?

    • Yannick Berger

      As a Young Boys season card holder: Don’t worry about the cards, Swiss refs are trash and don’t get along with his physic playstyle. Wouldn’t have gotten half the cards in the prem.

      • Rich Lawson

        Thanks for that.

  • Alreet

    He was brill when he got a chance in the prem. I think he can become a first choice left back. With yedlin on the otherside and a potential of clark lascelles and possibly shawcross in the center we could have a bash at wingbacks.

    We do need midfielders like pronto

  • I think with this experience we either give him a go, or send him on loan in the Prem or Top Championship side, but he needs to be guaranteed 20-30 games a season.

  • Atilla McNamee

    Good back up at right back (he’s not a left back) and Yedlin has a tendency to pick up niggling injuries so this lady could play an important role next season and possibly save us money to be invested elsewhere on the pitch (up front)

    • Cuh736

      He played left back against both chelsea and man city

      • Atilla McNamee

        I know but he’s right footed. He got away with playing left back because of his pace but he’s better on the right. That’s where he’s been playing for Young Boys

      • Stephen Paylor

        he is a right back. John Carver asked him if he could cover at LB and he said ‘i can play anywhere’. Has spent his entire life at RB though

    • Mal

      The problems of predictive text :-)

  • HappyToons

    A few mackems have beaten that as they fled along Bath lane or into the train station back in the days when bovver boots were more fashionable than training shoes.

  • Geordiegiants

    I think he looked like an excellent player for us in a very poor side. I was very surprised he went out on loan after we dropped down a league. Let’s see what happens with him, but he has got to be worth a try.

  • Stephen Paylor

    totally agree with geordiegiants below. I thought us playing in the championship would have been his chance to be first choice right back and save us a lot of money. Everytime i see him play im impressed. Hopefully Rafa has a good look at him in pre season and he can play a part this year. He has all of the speed and power and seemed decent on the ball. He may have a few positional issues but he is young and can become a top player