We had published a story about Yanga-Mbiwa about a week ago, when one of his agents had been quoted as saying the 23 year-old Frenchman had expected to be a first team starter at Newcastle, and was getting a little concerned that if he wasn’t a Newcastle regular, he may lose his place in Didier Deschamps French squad.
Yanga-Mbiwa in action against Metalist
Whether that was true or not we don’t know, but Alan Pardew was asked about Mapou today and whether he had any talks with the three times capped French International regarding a first team place assurance, and this is what the Newcastle manager said:
“I haven’t had to speak to him about that.” “When he’s played, we’ve won – that’s all he can do.” “He’s a winner. That’s one of the reasons we brought him here.”
Yanga-Mbiwa has played very well indeed whenever he’s played for Newcastle in his five appearances so far, and he’s been very sound in central defense and had a great game against FC Metalist Kharkiv at St. James’ Park a couple of weeks ago in his starting debut, when he kept their danger man Willian very quiet in the 0-0 draw – so we haven’t always won when Mapiou has played.
Yanga-Mbiwa was captain at Montpellier and played over 200 times for the current French Champions, but the local reports today suggest that he was told he would have to fight for his first team place at Newcastle. And that’s very likely to be true, because nobody is guaranteed a first team place at Newcastle, however good you are.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa now has a great chance tomorrow in South Wales, when he’s expected to get his third start for Newcastle in place of the injured Coloccini, and he can hopefully show he should be a regular starter for the Magpies.
Mapou will be up against Michu, who has been in great form for the Swans this season, and the Spaniard is currently tied with Gareth Bale in 3rd place in the Premier League scoring charts with 15 goals.
So Michu will provide a good test for the Frenchman tomorrow.
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