Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa had a good game on Saturday afternoon, and his leadership was there for all to see, and Mapou is currently second in our Man of the Match poll, just behind goalscorer Yoan Gouffran, who was surprisingly replaced in the second half – and why – we have no idea.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – great acquisition for Newcastle The 23-year-old was signed from Montpellier in January for around £6.5M, and he is currently getting used to the fast pace and physical nature of the Premier League.
Alan Pardew has praised the French defender in the Shields Gazette today:
“It was a difficult pitch, and I thought Mapou was absolutely outstanding,” “He had a couple of misplaced passes. I thought one of them was definitely the pitch.”
“He was probably the outstanding player, but against Sunderland he was absolutely tired.” “The difference between Yohan Cabaye and Mapou between Sunday and West Brom was a million miles.”
“They looked different players – that’s what energy levels can do for you.” “And Rob Elliot, apart from one tiny mistake, was solid and strong, and that bodes well for going forward to the next four games.”
The lads were certainly full of energy at the start of Saturday’s game and immediately took the game to West Brom in the first half, but we couldn’t keep it up in the second half – unfortunately.
Mapou has so far played 16 times for the Magpies, and we have a hunch, as we talked about yesterday, that if Colo returns on Saturday against Liverpool, then Mapou could well be employed at left back.
That would be in place of 20 year-old Massadio Haidara – and it’s simply because of Mapou’s extra experience.
And we fully expect Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to become a top player at Newcastle.
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