He never really got much of a chance at Newcastle, but Kevin Mbabu is now a regular in a Champions League team, playing at Old Trafford last week for Young Boys – and also now involved in Switzerland’s senior national side.
You would expect him to be worth a decent amount of money considering his age, and the fact he’s now a regular for both club and country – but it’s now emerged that we did not receive much at all for him, with eports in Switzerland are now stating that Mbabu only cost Young Boys just £106k last summer.
At the time he was a relatively unknown with a lot of potential, but even so you would of expected us to sell him for much more than that. It’s also been revealed that there was a 15% sell on clause inserted in that deal, but say Young Boys sold him for £15m, we would only get just over £2m.
In the same week #NUFC fans saw Kevin Mbabu play at Old Trafford the details of his transfer to Young Boys came out in the Swiss press.
He cost £21k to loan and £106k to buy. NUFC also hold a 15% sell on clause.https://t.co/oSGrutp9J2
(H/T @aulit_z for the info)
— Kristan Heneage (@KHeneage) December 2, 2018
He was loaned out quite surprisingly in our Championship winning season – just when I thought it would have been a good chance to push on and provide competition for the first team in a lower league – however it’s emerged that we only received a £21k loan fee for him that season.
They really have got a bargain, considering he helped the Swiss club to their first title in years last season, contributing with over 10 assists from right back since then.
He is more than holding his own in the Champions League group containing Man Utd and Juventus, and he recently played in the UEFA Nations League for Switzerland – impressing against Belgium most recently.
Rafa was obviously not a fan at the time, but maybe even he would admit he may have been a bit premature letting him go. Maybe a couple of loan spells to clubs in the EFL would’ve done him good.
We will never know, but Rafa effectively replaced Mbabu with Javier Manquillo, who does not look up to scratch at present – making his sale all the more frustrating.
Best of luck to the lad, we may even see him in a black and white shirt again one day.
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