Chancel Mbemba’s move from Newcastle United to Porto in the summer transfer window was one which dragged on for weeks.

The Portuguese media first reported that the player had agreed to the move, but Newcastle, as is their right and duty, were in no mood to simply accept any amount of money Porto deemed fit to pay for the player.

The transfer was finally completed in mid July and in his first game after leaving Newcastle, a friendly against Farense, Mbemba picked up a knee sprain.

That kept him out until the end of September, and then he was pretty much a permanent fixture on the bench. More recently he’s been out of the match day squad more often than he’s been in, and the player’s last game came on March 3rd… for Porto B.

He’s played around 300 minutes for Porto’s first team all season.

Back in his own country, looking ahead to the international break, FootRDC say the transfer from Porto to Newcastle has turned into a ‘nightmare’ for the player.

They state Mbemba is ‘keen to get his career back on track’, hence playing for the B team. The upcoming international break should at least provide some new scenery.