Yanga-Mbiwa Expected To Be In Newcastle First Team

It’s not really surprising that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa expected to be in the Newcastle first team more than he’s been so far – although he has played the last two game at right back and center-back for Newcastle and put in two excellent performances for the Magpies.

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Yanga-Mbiwa – in action against Metalist Kharkiv

But it was a coincidence that for the first game he was available Steven Taylor made his first start for Newcastle for over three months, after returning from his hamstring problem and at the time Alan Pardew had said it was a tough choice to make between the new Frenchman and the local lad.

And one of his agents has been interviewed for the French daily L’Equipe, and says Mapou may be worried about losing his place in the French squad if he doesn’t play more often at Newcastle:

“He’s working like crazy and he expected to be in the team, as he left to develop his skills – but Mapou is not one to complain or to panic.” “But if he does not play more, he may no longer be one of the four central defenders regularly called up by Didier Deschamps for France.”

As we said Mapou is ambitious and it’s not a big surprise that he may be disappointed at not playing most of Newcastle’s games since he arrived – but all he needs to do is keep his head down, and play like he has for Newcastle over the last two games and he will have a very bright future at Newcastle, and for the full French national side too.

And the French International is a top class professional too – so he knows he has to get used to the much quicker pace of the Premier League – and no first team place should ever be guaranteed in football – you always have to fight to start for the team, whoever you are.

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13 comments so far

  • Novocastrian66

    Feb 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #1

    6Novocastrian66 // Feb 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    We will have to do a lot better than we did at their place as we were terrible. Southampton are an improving side as are we. I think they might just have the edge as they play with more freedom whereas we’re very stoic and predictable.

  • Graeme

    Feb 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #2

    There is no doubt that M’biwa will become a regular starter in one of the 2 playing in central defense. He is the best CB on our books, by some margin as well.

    Saylor cant stay fit for long enough and Collo is on his way out. That leaves M’biwa, by default; but he is good enough to keep either Saylor or Collo on the bench, even if they were both fit.

  • kevymartins

    Feb 23, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #3

    I duno the team doesn’t look like there taking the europa league serioz and i’m wondering how the team is going to perform tomorrow but



    ________ben arfa_____________gouffran

    sure does look tastey


    Feb 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Mbiwa is frightened of losing his place playing for France ! And rightly so!

    If he does,nt play fiirst team Football, he will lose it!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Not be easy tomorrow – like us they’ll be on a high, could be a draw.

    To me depends which Newcastle United turn up.

    Hope it’s the
    Toon at there best with no European hangovers

    Will be interesting Pardew’s starting eleven

  • morocco0015

    Feb 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    where have you been ?? Krul is cattle trucked man. and wheres M’Biwa ??

  • do the hatem shake

    Feb 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    he deserves a start if you ask me hes made some world class tackles and reads the game well

  • Owldman

    Feb 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Morocco0015.Spot on mate wonder half the time weather some of the bloggers actually know what teams playing one actually had Santon playing against Metalist & he wasn’t even in the Ukraine

  • veto

    Feb 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #9

    cant keep him tayls and colo happy , one has to be let go


    Feb 23, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #10

    M’biwa can play across all the defensive positions and we need to build our defence around him next season.
    Saylor needs to be in the team when fit and performing at the top of his game which he does more often than not.
    Even if Collicini stay’s next season we need to bring in a younger defender like Mirin who can develop given half hour spells when we are in control of games.
    Alderweid would be a good call if Collicini wants to return to Argentina so we have three top class cental defenders and M’biwa who will play CB but can also slot in at RB as well as Saylor.
    Still need a young pretender like Mirin though.

  • woolerbill

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #11

    M’biwa should partner Taylor as this will be next season. Put Collo in for tiote as he does lack pace but is a good defender, I think he would shine as a defensive midfielder.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Feb 23, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #12

    tough choice. I think he’ll play Taylor and rest one of the two who played thursday, maybe Colo

  • toonicle

    Feb 24, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #13

    Colo will leave in the summer, Mbiwa will be a full time starter at CB next year an we’ll make a great run up the table. 5-6th place next year i’m hoping.


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