Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has been settling in at Newcastle, and there’s a good nufcTV video of his first 24 hours at the club – if you subscribe to nufcTV – and certainly Newcastle have looked a classy outfit in the way they have welcomed the French International to Tyneside – and the lad has certainly been impressed.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – settling in nicely
And Mapou has given lots of interviews – although he will have to now learn some English rather quickly – but obviously Alan Pardew has talked to him at length – and he knows exactly what Newcastle have to do in the last 15 games of the season.
This is the latest Mapou interview he has given in the local press:
“What we have to do is build a very strong team, and make sure that we have a team that doesn’t give up.” “We need to be warriors on the pitch. We will be looking to win as many of the last 15 games in the league as we can.”
“If I had to describe my style I would class myself as a typical defender.” “My defensive role is to win as many challenges and defensive battles as possible, and to win every possible ball.” “As a defender, I am the first one to collect the ball and distribute it to other members of the team, which is what I will be working hard to do.”
“I will do what I do best, which is to defend, and to defend well.” “I will be trying to win as many challenges as I can in defense.” “I’ll be trying to get some goals as well.” “I will be looking to give opposition forwards the most difficult time they can possibly imagine.”
“I have spoken with Marveaux and Cabaye about coming here.” “The club has been very welcoming to me – not just the club, but the players themselves. They have made everything available to help me settle in the best as possible.” “The French players that have arrived before were made to feel very comfortable.”
“They transmitted that to me, and it made me feel very comfortable about it all as soon as I started here.”
One thing we like a lot about Mapou is that he seems a born leader – and if it’s one thing we don’t have in abundance in the squad at the moment – it’s leadership both on and off the pitch.
We saw some of that from Yohan Cabaye on Saturday, in the way he controlled the game while he was son the pitch – but it was scary the way we were not half as good a team after he was substituted - which is one reason we need Moussa Sissoko signed in January.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is simply a stellar signing for Newcastle - there seems little doubt about that, and it seems there are still more signings to come.
And none of the local papers have picked up on the Independent story that Colo has walked out on the club – and he reported to training this morning as usual.
We hope the Independent story is simply made-up rubbish.
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