He’s a flying machine who could be landing in the Premier League again soon. Unless he is snatched away by the Bundesliga powerhouses.
Former Newcastle defender Kevin Mbabu, 23, could be one of the summer signings to look out for.
The speedy right-back failed to make the grade at St James’ Park having joined from Swiss club Servette in 2013. Maybe it was a move too early in his career.
Kevin Mbabu joined Newcastle as a 17-year-old, but the move came too soon for the prospect
He retreated to Switzerland and has since rekindled his talents with title-winners Young Boys
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Five years later Mbabu is reborn, and potentially winging his way to the World Cup with Switzerland.
Five senior appearances for the Geordies in two years proved a frustrating period for Mbabu. He also endured a frustrating loan spell at Glasgow Rangers.
Of course, moving away from home as a 17-year-old is never easy. Mbabu found the transition difficult. At such a young age, there’s no shame in that.
Following a frank conversation with his advisors, the 23-year-old retreated back to Switzerland at the start of last season, signing on a season-long loan with Young Boys.
The switch breathed life into the defender’s career, Mbabu making 24 appearances last term before making his switch permanent.
This season the full-back has gone from strength to strength, playing an integral role in Young Boys winning their first league title in 32 years – and he is the poster boy of their success with regular social media postings making him a cult hero for a new generation of supporters.
The right-back played 30 of Young Boy's 32 league games as they won the title by 17 points
Mbabu’s impact on the Swiss Super League has been so profound that he is being tipped to make Switzerland’s World Cup squad as back-up to veteran right-back Stephan Lichsteiner.