Kevin Mbabu reflects on his baptism of fire at Newcastle United

Newcastle United's Kevin Mbabu.
Newcastle United's Kevin Mbabu.
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Kevin Mbabu feels his Premier League baptism of fire will be the making of him at Newcastle United.

Mbabu was pitched in against Manchester City and Chelsea out of position at left-back with Massadio Haidara and Paul Dummett sidelined with injuries.

One day everything goes well, the day after everything goes wrong. I just need to keep doing what I’ve been doing the past few months and see how it goes.

The 20-year-old limped out of Saturday’s 6-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium with an injury.

Mbabu felt his hamstring as he attempted to stop Sergio Aguero scored his hat-trick goal.

A week earlier, Mbabu, signed from Swiss club Servette two and a half years ago, had starred against champions Chelsea on his full league debut.

The right-back – whose first appearance for the club came in last month’s Capital One Cup defeat to Manchester City – is now focused on making a quick recovery.

Asked about the highs and lows of the past fortnight, Mbabu said: “That’s how it is – it’s football.

“One day everything goes well, the day after everything goes wrong. I just need to keep doing what I’ve been doing the past few months and see how it goes.”

On his injury, Mbabu added: “I will have a scan and I hope it’s not too bad. I hope I can get back soon to help the team.”

Newcastle led against City through an Aleksandar Mitrovic goal, but Aguero levelled before the break, and they conceded five more goals in a shambolic 13-minute period in the second half.

“We did really well in the first half,” said Mbabu. “We had a few chances to score.

“It could have been 2-0 or 3-0. There were positive signs. We proved that we could be a really good team.”

Asked what happened in the second half, Mbabu added: “It’s difficult to explain, but you can’t make mistakes against a big team.

“We need to keep our heads up and focus on the next game.”

“We made mistakes. We have to learn from our mistakes. We just need to correct that and we can win games after that.”

The City result left the club, which takes on Norwich City on October 18 after the international break, bottom of the table.

But Mbabu said: “We’re not really concerned. We did really well in the first half. We have a great opportunity against Norwich to win.”