Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – Pardew Vision To Close On Top Four


Newcastle’s new defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has talked about why he came to Newcastle, and he says he was impressed with Alan Pardew’s vision for the side – and that’s one reason he wanted to come to Newcastle United.

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa training yesterday – he’ll wear the number 13 shirt

We would expect Mapou to start at Aston Villa next Tuesday night – but that depends on what happens with Fabrico Coloccini – our captain – who is still in negotiations with Newcastle ans trying to leave the club this week.

This is what Mapou said on the Newcatsle web-site today:

“The manager wants to build a very strong, solid team and he wants the team to play as well as possible.”  “I think that’s one of the reasons he wants me there: to build a stronger team.”

“He also explained he wants to close the gap on the top four, and I think that’s one of the reasons why he wanted me to come so I can help him to achieve those objectives.”  “I think that question’s something you probably have to ask the manager.” 

“Obviously he has an idea where he wants me to play, and I think that’s probably the centre of defence, but the manager’s the man who decides however.”  “As you said, I’m quite a versatile player and this is our club, this is our team and where they need me.”

“I’ll be there to play in that position; to help out and make sure that we have the defense that we need.”  “The most important thing for me is each time I’ve got a football, I just try and enjoy it as much as I can.”

“Sometimes it’s more difficult and more complicated than other times, but all I want is just to enjoy each moment when I’m playing football and to help the team out as much as I can.”

Closing in on the top four seems strange when we are currently in 16th position in the league,  but that would be the goal for next season – if we can survive the drop – and the goal for this season is to get as high up as we can.

The comments of the French International give some idea of what a classy person he is – and we think he  could be another great signing for Newcastle, and we expect Mapou to get even better at Newcastle.

And he’s such a leader that he is a potential future Newcastle captain – and you have to remember he’s still only 23 – even though he’s been playing at Montpelier since he was 17.

It’s always great to get players into the club who are delighted to join Newcastle United.

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264 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Vision is all good-and-well and I am over the f’in moon if we pull all these off…

    But where was APs vision in the Summer?

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #2

    we need to be top 4 if we want to keep these players dont think pards has a long term future tho prob have a french manager in the summer

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  • geordie157

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Is Wolfswinkel much better than say Hooper for example, he’s scored goals at a better level. But i’ve seen a lot of Hooper and his all round game seems better, has anyone seen VWW play?

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  • Incentino

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #4

    That is an absolutely terrific interview.

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #5

    too much money for summer dealings still should have brouhgt some bods in tho

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  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #6

    geordie157, all i know is VWW has been linked with manure, hooper norwich

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  • jodemode

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #7

    “Closing on the top 4”, I believe means “Get as far away from the relegation zone as possible”

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  • toonluvva

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #8

    @Toon Tom I can’t blame Pardew for the lack of signings in the summer, the blame lies with MA & DL.

    Hopefully they sorting out the mess they created by bringing in a crop of new players, only time will tell.

    Lets not just dodge relegation this season but make a determined effort to climb as high up the table as possible.

    HWTL!!

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  • barkintoonfan9

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #9

    cant believe we signed him! Thought we would had more of a realistic chance than signing remy. He is that good!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #10

    See Michu has signed a 4 year contract with Swansea….time to drop that one doing the rounds then

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  • BigKirky

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #11

    Let’s not forget the Fifa13 squad update prompt in a few days time. Some people online are going to be on the end of a serious pasting with the squad boost. Excellent 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #12

    “After only six months at the club Michu has extended his contract with Swansea. The new agreement runs until the summer of 2016”

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Sorry if someones already posted this, but I think its funny:

    #NUFC BREAKING NEWS: Martin O’neill reaction to Mbiwa, Sissoko, Haidara and Gouffran deals… http://images.dailystar-uk.co.uk/dynamic/1/281×351/230044_1.jpg

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Even Ibiza can’t lose at Fifa13 with our new players haha

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #16

    Markaccus…and it actually looks like him 🙂

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  • geordie157

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #17

    3 million euro’s for Sissoko in Jan, Ashley get him in now!!

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  • true toon

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #18

    Good, we can keep him for a season or two and sell him for 15 million the season after next . Make quite a tidy profit .

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  • geordie157

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #19

    and while your at it, Sulejmani and Douglas are out of contract in summer.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #20

    TS….My offline playing is just fine thank you. I’m standing by my poor internet connection excuse for my online performances to date…that and not being to handle the pressure of such occasions 🙂

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  • geordie157

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #21

    a FIFA 13 NUFC blog league sounds tempting! I quit playing online as everyone chooses utd, barca or madrid so it gets boring

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  • Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #22

    Markccus no that’s AVB the meerkat

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #23

    TS…Ibiza will probably have the excuse that players need time to adapt; or he’ll be siting injuries and lack of transfer activity are too blame (still need more players ;)) lol

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #24

    SS news: Newcastle update within the hour….

    Tying up these other medicals first? Any news on Colo?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #25

    Jesper…Do you mean Ibiza will have genuine reasons? 🙂

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  • rainrix

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #26

    Oh gawd ssn already hyping up the deadline day >_>

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #27

    Ibiza…Genuine? Never 🙂 lol

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #28

    geordie157 – but online play now matches you with a team of the same/similar rating. So the only way you would play one of those teams is if you choose one of them yourself. If you play with the Toon you’ll come up against a similar ranked team, i.e Liverpool, Napoli, Lazio etc

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #29

    Jesper…To be fair, it’s quite hard to see what’s happening on the screen up on my fence….

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #30

    ;esper, yeah I was shocked by the likeness.
    Mashley… If you remove the glasses then it could be avb

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  • rainrix

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #31

    Ibiza… I honestly imagine it’ll just be more snippets of that press conference going on. Ssn are good at nothing else other than hyping sh!t up to try and get you to watch 🙂

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  • ajcrawfs

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #32

    anyone think that colo wanted to leave because we didn’t buy anyone in the summer? but now he sees these players coming in he will want to stay?

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  • geordie157

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #33

    Aahh, in that case i’ll be on it as soon as the updates are done and Mbiwa etc are in the team.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #34

    Ibiza…I will make sure a big ass screen tv installed on the boat asap 😉

    …don’t think that’s fair to you lol

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #35

    rainrix…I’ll take snippets….I need some news 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #36

    Thanks Cap’n…you are a great and generous leader

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #37

    …they are really taking their time on that Colo announcement!

    *we will probably hear from his dad before either Colo or the club make a statement 😀 lol

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  • rainrix

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #38

    Ibiza… Junkie 😉 ah well keep the blog updated fir the rest of us

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #39

    geordie157 – as long as u go onto ‘season’ and not the ‘xbox live’ feature it does anyway, u just chose ur team then it matches u a similar oppenent. Much better than when you used to be a lower ranked team and the opposition would always choose Barca. Updates are usually done every few days now aswell. Debuchy was in the team a day or two after signing

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  • Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt

    Jan 23, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #40

    If colo goes we need to get Toby A to replace him and Douglas in for willo

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