One of the attributes of new signing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is that he’s a born leader, and his leadership of Montpelier was one of the reasons they won the French League for the very first time last season, and we think this lad can become a fantastic signing for our club – and at only 23 – he’s a potential future Newcastle captain.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – in training at Newcastle
Alan Pardew has already talked about this lad’s leadership skills, and those have not been seen too much in the Newcastle side over the last three months or so.
The former Montpelier captain has talked in the local press today – and this is what he said when asked if he would take him time to adapt to the Premier League:
“The Premier League and the French League are two very different leagues. It is quite logical that at the beginning you have to adapt.” “But I’ve followed the league and the teams in the last few years and learned as much I could. I will be able to anticipate what will happen in games.”
“I am confident we will settle in quickly and adapt.” “My best position is central defense.” ” If they want me to help out in other positions I can.” “One of my objectives was to come to a massive Premier League club. Newcastle is that club now.”
“I hope that can also help me develop in the French team. It is great that there are players at Newcastle who are playing at the top level in France.” “The hard work starts straight away.” ” We must climb the table quickly then look at other targets for the future.”
Pardew has already warned all five new players that they will not have the luxury of a bedding in process over the next few months – given Newcastle’s precarious position in the league table – and Pardew expects them to settle in very quickly and start producing.
One decision Alan Pardew will have to make tomorrow is whether to start Yanga-Mbiwa in central defense - or use the more experienced Steven Taylor alongside Fabricio Coloccini – and we think Steven could get the nod tomorrow night.
In fact it will be very interesting to see what the Newcastle side is tomorrow - and maybe new striker Yoan Gouffran has the best chance to start the game alongside Papiss Cisse up front – and most of the new signings will be on the bench - to get acclimatized to the Premier League – but quickly.
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