The incredible Kevin Mbabu stat that will excite all Newcastle fans

The 20-year-old impressed on his Premier League debut at St James' Park.

Kevin Mbabu delivered an eye-catching performance for Newcastle United against Chelsea on Saturday afternoon and one stat in particular will excite all fans on Tyneside.

Indeed, the young defender went toe-to-toe with Jose Mourinho's men at St James' Park and, despite a late Newcastle collapse, held his own very well.

And his figures were nothing short of incredible, considering the fact this was the full-back's top-flight debut.

  TeamTackles WonMinutes Played
Lucas Leiva Liverpool 8 90
Kevin Mbabu Newcastle 8 90
Nemanja Matic Chelsea 5 61
Mark Noble West Ham 5 85

As Opta stats show, no one won more tackles than Mbabu in the Premier League on Saturday, with Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva matching him with a league-best tally of eight.

But here's what make that incredible achievement in itself even more impressive from the Newcastle full-back: firstly, Lucas is an experienced holding midfielder who has been tackling in the Premier League for years - Mbabu is only 20; secondly, Lucas was playing a poor Aston Villa side, while Mbabu was up against the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian and more.

If he can keep this kind of form up, then, the Magpies youngster will certainly be an exciting prospect for Newcastle fans. Can the rest of Steve McClaren's men consistently show as much fight as the defender?

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