Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa captained Montpellier to their very first French championship last season, and since he’s arrived on Tyneside, he’s been immersed in Newcastle’s immense struggle to avoid relegation.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – great start to Newcastle career
And in the last two games with both Davide Santon and Massadio Haidara being out injured, he’s played two excellent games at left back for the side, and he’s 3rd in our voting for Man of the Match for yesterday, behind only Coloccini and Ben Arfa.
Mapou has already demonstrated something we already knew before he arrived from Montpellier – that he can play well anywhere across the back four.
And he has already started in every position along the back four for Newcastle in his 18 appearances so far - and watch how good this guy will be next season for Newcastle, as he gets used to the Premier League.
Mapou is a leader on and off the field, and once he learns English and settles in on Tyneside, we think this lad has all the attributes to be a future Newcastle captain.
And if nothing else he has already shown he’s up for the fight as a Newcastle player, and has shown guts and passion for Newcastle when wearing the famous black and white striped shirt.
Well done Mapou and long may it continue.
For the record Mapou played 219 times with four goals at Montpellier – and he has 3 caps so far for France, and only turns 24 on Wednesday.
He is already looking a good buy for Newcastle.
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