Yanga-Mbiwa To Replace Coloccini At Swansea


We had guessed earlier today that  Alan Pardew would not play Fab Colo at Swansea on Saturday unless he was 100% fit, and in the manager’s press conference this afternoon, Alan hinted there was no reason to play Coloccini on Saturday , since we now have French International Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa available to play at center-back.

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa very likely to start at Swansea

Pardew said that Colo was still a major doubt and that he had injured his back with that acrobatic overhead kick ain the first half on Sunday, and Alan  said there was not a good reason for a center-back to have to do one of those – but he said the Argentine International was trying to get the team out of trouble on Sunday.

This is what Alan Pardew had this to say about his captain this afternoon:

“I think he’s doubtful but there’s a chance he could play. He’s someone now who we’ve got good options for if he’s injured, and we didn’t have that at all until Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa arrived.”

“It is doubtful for Coloccini, I think, for Swansea and, if you’d taken him and Tim out of the team six weeks ago we wouldn’t have a chance of winning this game.”

“But, as it is now, we’re a different proposition. We’ve got much more strength and of course we’ve got a chance of winning without them.”

It seems that we’ll see a Stephen Taylor and Yanga-Mbiwa central partnership again at the Liberty Stadium – and it will be very interesting as to how well they play together.

And Alan Pardew said it would be good to get the win at Swansea, so we can keep them in our sights, and all 3 points would leave us only 4 points behind Swansea with 10 games still to play.

If we can win on Saturday we can certainly catch the Swans before the end of the season.

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12 comments so far

  • yo-yo

    Feb 28, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #1

    “I think he’s doubtful but there’s a chance he could play. He’s someone now who we’ve got good options for if he’s injured, and we didn’t have that at all until Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa arrived.”

    which means that Willo wasn’t a ‘good option’ but did the best he could…and now we’ve got three quality CBs

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  • raj of hailsley

    Feb 28, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Having his boonah being mixed with the most hottest vindaloo is too good for Llambias.

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  • Super Magpie

    Feb 28, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Looks like Williamson is on his way out in the summer. Pardew has said for a few weeks now how he’s got three great CBs with no praise for Willo. Good luck to him, he isn’t good enough but always gave 100% and seems a decent enough guy.

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  • WWYCD

    Feb 28, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Christ Willo has had some kicks in the teeth from Pards recently hasn’t he, bit uncalled for really he’s been a solid back up since the championship and for 1mill what more can we expect

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  • yo-yo

    Feb 28, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Mr T

    We do have a blog psychologist on here – at least one person is qualified and has ten years experience…. not me and I ain’t naming him…

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Ibiza -previous post -it was well spotted by Ben that ear trouble affects balance. This may mean that you are unbalanced.
    Have you considered that there may be a build up of wax in your lug – a quick run through with a pipe cleaner will sort this out for you – use like a pull through.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 28, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #7

    yo-yo -@5 interesting -he needs to chip in with some advice ,we probably all need it.

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  • Corny74

    Feb 28, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Have alot of respect for Willo. Always gave 100% in the Toon shirt and looked as though he was honored to wear it. Certainty noy talented enough for our first team now though. I wish him all the best wherever he ends up.

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  • toonicle

    Feb 28, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Yo- I don’t think it was a knock on Williamson at all, as 6 weeks ago he was already covering for Staylor. Had both Colo and Staylor been injured at the same time we wouldn’t have had a great option to fill that spot next to Williamson.

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  • check the toastie

    Feb 28, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #10

    So let me get this right Steven Taylor gets injured in training friday, no point in turning up, what a total bellend, how to demotivate players, c0ck with a capital C0CK.

    This club needs a proper manager who gets the best out of his players even in a crisis, rather than throwing in the towel, prick.

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  • Sav

    Feb 28, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #11

    All Pards says is we’ve got cover for Colo – (ball-playing centre-back) – now in Yangs Mbiwa.
    Willo and Taylor play it differently and Willo is better cover for Taylor. I wouldn’t fancy Mbiwa and Colo up against a tall, hefty centre-forward, either. One of each pairing is better.

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  • armchair fan

    Mar 1, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #12

    First post – I’ve never bothered to create an account until now when reading everyone now who is defending Mike Williamson. He was a joke of a defender, yes he gave 100% and he was a nice lad, but 3 months ago you were all calling for his head off! The lad gets more in a year than most of you will in your lifetime so I’ve no idea how you can feel sorry for him. We are NUFC, we must be ruthless if we are to succeed and cut off any dead wood, its just the way football and to be honest, any business would work.

    Also, I’d just like to point out that Shola played quite good against Metalist in Ukraine, I’d keep him personally for Europa and Sunderland games as he’s said it himself, he finds Europa much easier to play and we know how good he can be when he’s fully confident.

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