James Perch and Yanga-Mbiwa played very well for Newcastle in central defense on Thursday night in Moscow, and we thought they formed a very decent partnership, but it turns out that they had difficulty understanding each other.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – we must get good result tomorrow against Stoke
Perchinho has revealed that the two of them could hardly communicate on the pitch, because Mapou knows very little English at the moment, although he has already started taking English classes.
However, as evidenced by his excellent performances n the last few games, the French 23 year-old already looks an accomplished player for Newcastle, and James Perch has said in the Daily Mail today that he thinks Mapou already has everything:
“Mapou has got everything in his locker. He is a strong runner, he is quick, he heads it well, and whoever scouted him for us did their job brilliantly because he looks a fantastic player.”
“He’s very calm at the back and although we speak a different language so communication isn’t as easy as it could be, he reads the game very well and that helps massively.”
“It has been a great playing alongside him and if he plays like that every week he is going to have a great future at Newcastle. He is the type of player who looks very calm and that gets picked up by his team-mates.”
“He’s a top class player, no doubt about it and the club have done really well to get him.”
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is hopeful of Newcastle making it though to the quarter finals of the Europa League, for the first tine since Bobby Robson was the manager back in 2004, and the Frenchman had this to say about the game against Anzhi Makhachkala:
“We would have loved an away goal in Russia, which would have been vitally important for us, but it didn’t come. However, it’s not the worst result and a win at home at St James’ Park and we’re through. “
“That has to be the aim, to hit them early at our place, get our noses in front and take the tie. ‘If we can beat Stoke tomorrow then that will be an ideal preparation to face Anzhi again.”
“We need a massive result against Stoke to go into the second leg and a win would make our league position look a lot more secure.’
With the excellent result on Thursday night, Newcastle have set themselves up nicely to go through to the last eight of the Europa League , but we also need to beat Stoke City tomorrow in the league, as Mapou rightly points out.
Two wins in the next toe games and we’ll be flying.
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