Newcastle fans are once again bashing their transfer policy, after former player Kevin Mbabu was linked to Manchester United.
The arrival of Rafael Benitez at Newcastle has completely changed the club’s fortunes, but some recent transfer links have once again highlighted just how poor some of the club’s business has been in recent years.
Of course, the number one scapegoat on Tyneside when things go wrong is Mike Ashley and the Newcastle board, and it’s not surprising given some of the transfer decisions the Magpies have made.
Benitez has done a fantastic job with limited resources this season, but fans are still ruing missed opportunities, as Kevin Mbabu seems to have flourished since leaving St. James’ Park.
The Swiss defender joined the Magpies back in 2013, but made just three league appearances before being shipped off on loan, and eventually sold permanently to Swiss side Young Boys.
A recent report has linked the 23 year-old with a move to Old Trafford, and fans can’t believe they were so quick to dump the youngster, who is expected to feature for Switzerland at the World Cup.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
I think we did. This kid has the stuff – witness his performance v Chelsea. Really don’t know why we let him go so soon.
— Maurice Hall OBE (@moothall49) May 31, 2018
Letting him go was clearly a mistake – only had to see the lad play to make that conclusion. Rafa and NUFC could be about to make a similar error with Mbemba.
— KTDT (@KTD89) May 31, 2018
Anyone could see the kid had class ofcourse we screwed up
— kevin young toon army (@kevo175) May 31, 2018
It was obvious just watching him against Chelsea that game he was great that he was a good player. Should never of been sold was a terrible decision
— Kevin Wright (@kwtoonarmy) May 31, 2018
Absolutely I remember the Chelsea game he (Mbabu) had Pedro in his pocket…
— G Mac #Ashley OUT (@Supermactoon) May 31, 2018
He was quality. Should have kept him.
— Matt Guest (@Guesty22) June 1, 2018
No idea why we sold him, he was solid in the games he played for us ?
— Adam ??⚫️⚪️ (@Thisisadam__) June 1, 2018
Yes, he was decent. Watched him at Watford away in the cup a few years back under island head and thogu by he was the best player but was yanked at half time. Wasn’t given a full run but should have been.
— marco pierre witham (@WithamMarco) May 31, 2018
From what I seen of him he could get in our starting 11 now. Big mistake letting go.
— Garry James (@GJV_85) May 31, 2018