Benitez: DRC's Mbemba will get chance at Newcastle United

Benitez: DRC's Mbemba will get chance at Newcastle United
Newcastle United's Chancel Mbemba

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Apr 22, 2018. 19:00

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) international Chancel Mbemba will get his chance to play at Newcastle United.

This is according to United manager, Rafael Benitez, who explained the defender's situation at the English Premier League club.

Florian Lejeune, Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark have been preferred ahead of Mbemba this season.

“He was training [on Friday] - and training well - but the problem sometimes is, when the team are winning and you already have, in this case, four players in this position, it’s not easy for everyone in these times,” Benitez said on Goal.

“With five games left maybe he will have a chance. We will see. He’s training well. Now is maybe the time that some players need to prove themselves.

"So maybe I will make some changes to make sure that some players are given a chance to impress the staff and then think about their future. Some players are playing for their futures.”

Mbemba is yet to play make a league appearance for the Magpies in 2018, with his last outing coming in their FA Cup defeat to Chelsea in January.

The 23-year-old player has made only nine league appearances for Newcastle this season.

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