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.
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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