8 Aug 1994
What Chancel perhaps lacked in positional sense he more than made up for in pace. And in a Premier League era where physicality and speed were so prominent this asset certainly allowed the Congolese to have his moments. One of nine children, Mbemba came from a sporting family, his mother an international basketball player. Having moved to Anderlecht youth system at the age of 18 in 2012 he soon moved to the senior team, playing 63 times for them, scoring 6 times. He did OK in his time at Newcastle. His one goal coming on the day that Newcastle United clinched promotion back to the Premier League in 2017 against Barnsley. It was perhaps his tactical awareness or maybe sometimes a seeming unwillingness to put his body in where it might get hurt, that underpinned Rafa Benitez decision to sell him to Porto in 2018.