It’s not really a surprise that Kevin Mbabu has made his loan move to Young Boys permanent – after he played well for them on loan last season.
We didn’t think Mbabu had a future at Newcastle now we are in the Premier League and Rafa is strengthening the squad significantly for next season, although Kevin is a good young player at only 21 and some supporters will still be said to see him leave.
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Here’s the statement just issued by Newcastle on the move:
Kevin Mbabu has joined BSC Young Boys for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old defender enjoyed a successful loan spell at the Stade de Suisse last season, helping Adi Hutter’s side to finish second in the Swiss Super League.
Mbabu has signed a three-year contract with Young Boys.
He joined Newcastle as a teenager from Servette in January 2013 and, after injuries restricted his initial progress, Steve McClaren handed him a surprise debut in a Capital One Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in September 2015 before pitching him in for a Premier League bow against Chelsea three days later.
Mbabu also had a loan spell with Rangers and made a total of five appearances for the Magpies in all competitions. The club wishes him well for the future.
Here’s the current status of the summer transfers with Kevin Mbabu now gone and we’ll wait to see what the estimates are for the fee – we’ll estimate it at £1M for the moment.
Kevin played only 5 times for the Newcastle first team after sustaining a number of injuries during his four and a half years at the club since he was signed from Serviette in January, 2103.
But he played 19 games with 2 goals for Young Boys last season on loan and played well by all accounts.
We wish Kevin all the very best for the future.