Speaking to the Belgian media this week, NUFC loanee Matz Sels has admitted how surprised he is to see Chancel Mbemba play ‘so little’ under Rafa Benitez – believing he is ‘one of the best defenders at NUFC’.
This all comes from a recent interview which saw him address his future at Newcastle, with him admitting that he has not closed the door reviving his career under Rafa Benitez.
Later in the interview, however, he admits to being baffled by Benitez’s failure to select Chancel Mbemba, stating that the Congolese defender is one of the best at the club.
Here’s what he had to say about the former Anderlecht defender when speaking to SportFoot:
“Mbemba, it’s a whole different kettle of fish. For me, he’s one of the best defenders at NUFC. Why does he play so little? I don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes.”
There’s clearly something about Mbemba that Benitez doesn’t like (language barrier and failure to follow instructions has been mentioned), but it is a surprise to see him consistently miss out on matchday squads.
He’s failed to be included in Rafa’s squad over the last 12 gameweeks, so this must be tough to take for a player of his ability.
What do you reckon folks? Has Benitez treated Mbemba harshly and do you believe he is one of our best defenders?