BREAKING: Newcastle United announce the sale of promising defender

Newcastle United have released a statement in the last few moments, confirming that promising defender Kevin Mbabu has left the club, joining Swiss side BSC Young Boys for an undisclosed fee on a three-year-deal.

Mbabu enjoyed a successful loan spell with Young Boys last season, helping his new side to a 2nd place finish, qualifying them for next season’s UEFA Champions League.

From what I saw of him in his Premier League debut against Chelsea in 2015 and in highlights of his time at Young Boys last season, the 22-year-old looked a player of real promise, and I for one am disappointed to see him leave.

Injuries halted his progress following his arrival from Servette in January 2013, but the Swiss full-back was handed his debut by Steve McClaren in a Capital One Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in September 2015, followed by a memorable Premier League debut against Chelsea in the following week – remembered by him doing a convincing job on Chelsea winger Pedro that day.

To me who looked to have the power and drive to succeed in the Premier League – I hope we don’t live to regret this one.

Good luck to Mbabu, a promising player who I believed should have had a future on Tyneside.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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