Yanga-Mbiwa Could Get Big Chance At Swansea


Fabricio Coloccini apparently still has a back problem, after doing that crazy overhead clearance in the first half against Southampton on Sunday, but if the Argentine cannot play, it will be a great chance for the excellent Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to deputize for the Newcastle captain.

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – could start at Swansea

We’ve already said that we think Mapou is far too good to be warming the bench at Newcastle, but both Colo and Steven Taylor have been in top form lately, and with Mapou available, we don’t think Colo will play on Saturday if there’s any doubt at all about his back.

Mapou is still only 23 years old, and he’s coming off last season when he captained Montpelier to their first French League Championship ever, and he made his debut for the French club back in February of 2007, when he was still only 17.

And since that time he’s played 219 times for Montpellier with four goals, and has already made fives appearances including two starts at Newcastle, and has 3 caps for France.

And he could get his third start on Saturday afternoon, if Colo cannot make it, and Newcastle team-mate Yoan Gouffran knows all about this player, after playing against him in the French League for Bordeaux.

This is what Yoan said about Mapou today in the local press:

“We can rest assured we have real quality in Mapou.” “Of course, there are a lot of other good defenders like Colo and Steven Taylor already here. Mapou is a fantastic addition to the squad.”

“Let’s not forget that he was captain at Montpellier and he has played for France as well at the very top level. He is a good player and a great defender.” “He’s young but is already an international.”

“It’s easy to forget that he’s only 23.” “He will bring a lot of stability to the defense at Newcastle.”

We should hear more about Coloccini’s condition later today, when Alan Pardew holds his press conference for the Swansea game, but Colo and Yanga-Mbiwa are similar center-backs, and they both are ball playing center-backs who read the game very well.

We also hope that Ben Arfa will be included in the 18 man squad for the Swansea  game, and there’s certainly a lot of competition these days just to get a seat on the bench at Newcastle.

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28 comments so far

  • G

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Isn’t it nice that we actually have a centre half in reserve who isn’t Willo (Who I think gets way more stick than he deserves.).

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  • Barras

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #2

    In regards to Swansea’s Chairman’s comments…he is correct in my opinion. Although, his comments should be fired at players more than managers.

    Just look at the NBA, the games are more intense, they require a higher amount of stamina and commitment, as the games are more explosive because the possession flies back and forth, back and forth. Yet most teams and players play 3-4 times a week, and they often play two nights in a row, yet the majority of the players manage to stay fit.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Barras

    Difference is all teams do that in the NBA…if only half did then there would be an advantage to those who played 1-2 times compared to 3-4….if its even its ok…its the fact europa league influences some sides and not others.
    – See more at: http://www.nufcblog.com/2013/02/28/is-swansea-chairman-having-a-dig-at-alan-pardew/comment-page-1/#comment-997526

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  • walton1984

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #4

    G
    Yeah i agree its night too have cover where u dont think god help us……..
    yeah i agree about Willo the bloke get stick for basicly not been good enought!!!!!!! He is a championship player, he gives his all, doesnt pretend to be something he aint, seems a nice bloke…….Fact is he aint good enought

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Swansea chairman
    Might have to eat his words next year
    Don’t think Swansea has a international airport – so trip to Cardiff or Bristol at least before they even take to the air then on to some where in Ukraine back Friday for Sunday. I dead easy ain’t it

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6

    I think his recent comments are hinting at an exit for Willo at the end of the season. So hopefully we’ve got someone decent (better) lined up to replace him, or he’s seeing something pretty amazing from one of the youth players…

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Barras

    The NBA is also shorter game time and a smaller court…..the highest avergae distance per game is 2.72miles…much less than football.

    I know there is more sprinting but there are also rolling subs and it’s no contact so much less impact from tacks…(although harder surface so that won’t help injuries).

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  • G

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #8

    @4 nail on the head. Fact is, we bought him as exactly what you describe, and he’s been the only back up for ST who has been pretty unlucky with injuries, so it isn’t his fault. I would happily shake his hand if I met him in the street (Probs wouldn’t bother with the picture and autograph mind). Think he will do a good job at a Champo club, and be the main man in a smaller league / team.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Barras – another difference to the NBA is that they have unlimited and rolling subs. So they utilise the full squad in a game. It would be like subbing Ben Arfa for Anita when we go in the lead, but swapping them back if we need another goal.

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  • winnynufc

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Watched him on Youtube when we where 1st interested in him before he signed. Looks comfortable on the ball & has excellent distribution bit like a midfielder. Think Colo will play sat but he’s defo going to be our main CB for years to come! Sounds like he has a great attitude as well which will only rub off on the other players !!! HWTL.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #11

    G

    Same as you on Willo…not good enough but can’t fault him for his effort, he seems a very nice guy and I’ve got plenty of respect for people like that especially when we have idiots like Nile Ranger on the books.

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  • Barras

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #12

    @Transfer Sage

    You have made an important point, and I partially agree with you. The reason why I also partially disagree is because my view still boils down to what I was suggest in my last post.

    The travelling and the extra game would not have a negative impact on the performance of our players in the following games if the training in football was as challenging as it is in a few other sports. The travelling and the extra game should help our players become fitter, besides part of the reason certain teams get into Europe in the first place, is because they have better athletes in their team.

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  • Barras

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #13

    suggesting*

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  • G

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #14

    @11, aye, a team of 11 Willo’s is a far more appealing prospect than 11 Ranger’s (Or ‘crew’ as they would be known)

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Morning lads,

    That Swansea chairman is in for a bit of a shock mind, foolish comments before he has an ounce of experience in the competition. I hope he has deep pockets also.

    Ben Arfa. This lad seems to have been out forever? Howay, what is going on? Was this only a hamstring injury? Seems a long time for a hamstring, it’s been 12 weeks or so now? Really hope he is on the bench for Swansea. I expect nothing less than a draw in this game with the squad we have involved.

    I’v got no worries if Mapou starts this game, I’v alot of confidence in this lad. He is Colo’s replacement for sure.

    Howay Benny, sort yourself out man. Roll on the game.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #16

    I agree with the comments on Willo for once. I’d rather have a back-up player in the squad (like Willo, Perch, Ameobi etc.) who is getting paid sensible wages, trains hard, and plays to his maximum when he comes on, than a “big name” on big wages who thinks he’s too good for the club and doesn’t perform.

    Hmmm…Marcelino, Martins, Owen, Viduka, N’Zogbia…I could go on…

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #17

    Barras

    I do think players can be fitter. Roy hodgson did a great interview over christmas with sir clive woodward talking about their respective sports.

    Hodgson said it was clear to see which players go away from training and do an extra few hours on technique based skills like free kicks etc or which ones go and do more strength and fitness work after compared with those who dont.

    To me this shows there is so much more scope…look at how hard atheltes, boxers, swimmers train…they do 6+ hours a day..so I think footballers could do more.

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  • TorqToon

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #18

    Morning gents,

    What has the Swansea chairman come out and said? Think I’ve missed it.

    Too busy having Pierre Emerick-aubameyang into my suitcase to bring home!!

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  • Barras

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #19

    @ToonDarnSarf

    Again, this is very true. But if you looked at the weekly game time for certain teams’ key players in the NBA compared to the game time for a football clubs’ key players, it would be clear to see how many football players lack fitness, and as a result of this, there are football managers who make poor excuses for the reason the players suffer injuries.

    Also, alongside the NBA’s larger game schedule, the teams also train more than football teams.

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  • G

    Feb 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #20

    Didn’t Bobby Robson once say that his favorite player was Christian Bassedas, as he spent pretty much all of his time working on his game (He stopped short of admitting that physically he wasn’t up to the English game though)?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 28, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #21

    I also recall we had to play Atromitos on the thursday travel back to London to play Chelsea (who had played on the Tuesday) away Saturday 5.30.
    Welcome to Europa League football
    Fairest way for Europa League teams would be to play on Monday nights or play their ties on the Tuesday Wednesday like Champions League.
    Can’t see that happening – TV RULES

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  • Barras

    Feb 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #22

    @Transfer Sage post 17

    I completely agree with you, and I think this has an impact on a players tendency to get injured. The one’s who continue to work on their fitness after training probably get inured less. I haven’t got stats to back that up, but I think that, that is true. So I think this reason has more of an impact on a clubs injury list than the extra game and travelling for the Europa Cup.

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  • Barras

    Feb 28, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #23

    player’s* ones*

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 28, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #24

    Barras

    Well it goes with what I have always thought.

    Which players don’t get rested but still don’t suffer many injuries? rooney, gerrard, lampard, terry, messi, ronaldo, bale, etc (when in their prime i mean here).

    The key players in a team are the best as they train more and harder (plus have natural talent) but they are also the ones who aren’t rested when lesser players are…managers say this is because they are too important, whilst I agree thats one reason surely another reason is they work harder and are fitter so don’t need as much rest.

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  • toonincheek

    Feb 28, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #25

    I reckon there’s nowt wrong with Colo’s back.
    But – he’s long overdue a bit of a break and it’s easier to put it down to a small injury than say he’s being rested.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 28, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #26

    @Barras

    I have to say, that as well as the rolling subs that I mentioned earlier, the greater contact nature in football than the NBA means that players frequently carry knocks. Obviously basketball players do get knocks, but they don’t get kicked as often and hey can get subbed off to get some recovery time rather than having to play on and potentially make the knock worse.

    It often makes sense to give the players a day or two rest to recover from knocks rather than train them hard after a match.

    Here’s some stats for you…even the top players in the NBA are actually only on court for around 35mins, and will run an average of 3 miles. Top players in the PL will be on for around 95 minutes and run an average of 7.5miles.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 28, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #27

    @Barras

    Maybe more game time per weekm but combine the lesser workload in each match with the benefits of rolling subs and the lesser contact involved and I think it makes a difference. Taking a knock early on (or carrying one into a match) and then having to play 90 mins can’t be good for the body.

    I’m not saying fitness can’t be improved, but I do think it’s a fine balancing act to manage knocks, injuries etc.

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  • saxonfenken

    Feb 28, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #28

    Surely Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has had his chance and more than proved himself, I have every faith in him, to replace Saylor or Colo,
    I agree that Willo and Simpson for that matter does not deserve the stick that they get from some.
    We have one or two good youngster coming through for CB, the new young French signing for on, not heard much about him since he signed.

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