In the summer Newcastle United decided to let Swiss defender Kevin Mbabu leave the club. He was allowed to join Swiss side Young Boys, where he had spent the previous season on loan.
It was a move which did not concern Newcastle players. Mbabu had never made a big impact at the club. He featured just five times at St James’ Park and Newcastle fans were not overly disappointed to see the dreadlocked defender depart.
But it is looking increasingly as if Newcastle may have made a mistake in allowing Mbabu to go.
Mbabu has been in fine form with his club this season. The 22-year-old has been a mainstay in the Young Boys team who look set to win the Swiss Super League title. After nine years of domination by their fierce rivals FC Basel Mbabu’s side are currently 14 points clear of the side who defeated Manchester City in the Champions League this week.
It will be Young Boys’ first title win since 1986 and Mbabu’s form at right-back has been key to their success.
Newcastle United have had a settled right-back this season, with DeAndre Yedlin fulfilling the role. However, the fact Newcastle never gave Mbabu a chance is now looking like a mistake.
At just 22-years-old the Swiss talent looks like being a potential star in the making. Mbabu’s brilliant form in Young Boys’ surging title challenge has even thrust his name into contention for the Swiss World Cup squad for Russia in the summer.
Mbabu, who is well-known for his blistering pace, has adapted into a top young talent and Newcastle must be wondering if they made a mistake not giving him more of a chance in the North-East.