According to the Chronicle’s Mark Douglas, it’s believed that Chance Mbemba’s focus has totally ‘gone’ – explaining why the talented defender has missed out on Rafa Benitez’s latest matchday squads despite our lack of defensive cover.
Mbemba has been our 4th choice centre-back this season and hasn’t made a single matchday squad in the league this year, however you’d have expected him to be included in recent trips to Watford and Spurs following Ciaran Clark’s absence – but he’s been nowhere to be seen.
That perhaps says it all, with soon-to-be released left-back Massaido Haidara being handed a rare place on the bench over our last two games instead.
Here’s what NUFC editor Mark Douglas has had to say about Mbemba, admitting that he looks all set to be sold this season after being told his ‘focus has gone’ in recent weeks:
No. He's training. But focus has gone. https://t.co/KjjJGPDweN
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) May 5, 2018
It’s a shame really as he’s a talented player, but clearly one who just doesn’t fit into Benitez’s plans in one way or another, with poor english and a failure to follow instructions have been suggested as his downfalls in the past.
No surprise to see his head’s gone in the end. He’s generally appeared to get on with things pretty well given his total lack of game time, but he’ll be sold this summer – of that I am almost certain.
Not a single Premier League appearance since the turn of the year, now this. It’s fair to presume we won’t see him in an NUFC shirt again?
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