Newcastle United need to continue with Chancel Mbemba

Ciaran Clark of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his sides second goal with Chancel Mbemba of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham...

Chancel Mbemba impressed for Newcastle United on Tuesday.

Newcastle player Chancel Mbemba in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St. James Park on September 16, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez recalled Chancel Mbemba to his first XI for Tuesday's 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion.

Playing at left-back, the 23-year-old defender was favoured ahead of Javier Manquillo and justified Benitez's decision to select him after a long absence.

Chancel Mbemba of Newcastle United is watched by Philip Billing during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United at John Smith's Stadium on August 20, 2017 in...

The former Anderlecht man hadn't played for Newcastle since September prior to last night despite being fit, and his performance was a big reminder to the Spanish manager that he needs him - especially this weekend.

The Magpies visit Chelsea on Saturday afternoon and Mbemba is surely a better option than Manquillo when it comes to combating - or at least trying to combat - the brilliance of Willian on the right.

Chancel Mbemba of Newcastle United and Andre Ayew of West Ham United battle for possession during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on...

Manquillo is probably better in an attacking sense, but defence will be more important than offence at Stamford Bridge and the truth is that Mbemba is simply a better, stronger defender.

The Congolese wasn't perfect at The Hawthorns, but he was, on the whole, a lot better than the Spaniard has been in recent weeks and he is the obvious choice to cover at left-back until Paul Dummett returns.

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