New French Defender – We’ll Be Stronger Next Season

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has probably performed the best of any of our new arrivals, as the 23 year-old is quickly getting used to the English Premier League.

mapou yanga-mbiwa closeup

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – played well for Newcastle

Mapou, as we’ve said before, is a leader both on and off the field, and he’s been one of our best players in the last couple of crunch games, when the defense tightened up on the return of Fabricio Coloccini, and only conceded one goal in the games at West Ham and QPR for a massive 4 points.

The defender was still speaking through an interpreter, when he had this to say in the Telegraph today:

“Each manager has his own way of doing things, and we’ve come in and bought into that philosophy here to ensure we come back stronger next season. We now know what to expect.”

Mapou needs to learn English over the summer months, but he has already proven his versatility at Newcastle, and he’s played in every position across the back four, and currently is starting at left back.

For the record Mapou has now played 19 times for Newcastle, and he’s looked a very good player.

Remember that all five players who arrived in January will be a lot better next season, and we remain positive that we can do very well in the Premier League next term.

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119 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 19, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Having Wasabi used as mud pack in his health spa getaway is too good for Ashley.


    May 19, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #2


  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 19, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Jail from previous thread,

    There is still the possibility that Ashley is indeed learning lessons still. He is sometimes hamfisted in his approach, and makes way too many blunders for my liking, but I’m in the bracket of people who think that if Pardew is moved on we may see a top manager brought in…on my more positive days anyway haha

    Does it make me naive? I don’t think so, perhaps I am optimistic when the evidence would certainly point to other conclusions, but we can dream can’t we?

    Any way, seems the silver haired lothario is here to stay…


    May 19, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Newcastle owner Mike Ashley to pay non-football staff 1M if team bears arsenal. What’s thus about?!

  • El Sleeve

    May 19, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #5

    on pards staying:

    what the hell?!

    he better not be here for the long run. i cant stand his football.

    if this was chris hughton, and he lost to reading, mackems and liverpool at home, he wouldnt even see two of those games, he’d be gone. this is beyond a joke.

    a spade is a spade. he’s never gonna be a fork. he’ll sign carroll and carlton cole. he’s abysmal as a manager and i am fed up of his misplaced arrogance.

    doesnt even have the decency to accept some blame sometimes.

    also: you all see the post the other day about steve bruce? dunno who’d i’d prefer out of those two. god this is hopeless


    May 19, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #6


  • donkey

    May 19, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #7

    what happens if we get done over by arsenal 4 .0 and the muppet still keeps his job this blog is going to go crazy


    May 19, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Oh I’ve just got in haha not seen any updates!

  • darrylwe

    May 19, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #9

    What is Wasabi?

  • El Sleeve

    May 19, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #10

    wasabi is a very nice japanese mustard. spicy as like!

  • El Sleeve

    May 19, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #11

    i guess if we lose 4-0, he’ll keep his job. we’ve had enough poor results this season to merit his sacking and since it hasnt happened, he’s probs not gonna get fired

  • donkey

    May 19, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #12

    THE MIRROR Pardew will meet up with the Toon hierarchy next week for a full review of the season. ] Ithink ma has just bullshitted him untill next week so he can sack him then and has time to look for a new manager

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 19, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #13

    You know my stance on Ashley and I never criticized once after Cisse signed, but the only evidence of learning from his mistakes is by signing a manager who wont walk after being sh1t on, I suppose you could always credit him for not offering big money contracts anymore, but surely a relegation and an arguable three relegation battles with his wisdom should surely point to his footballing philosophy not working.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 19, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Well Donkey,
    We know that Mike Ashley is very good at bullsh1ting so you could be on to something there.

  • El Sleeve

    May 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #15

    shame the manager who wont walk away turned out to be another duffer

  • AndyNUFC

    May 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Great message to send out to the team against Arsenal – win and the people who keep the club going through the week have a very nice summer.

    Quite an obvious message as well that he is a spurs fan. But if he loses a million, I’ll be very happy!

  • Mister Tuff

    May 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #17

    All the posts/reports about Percy keeping his job -come from Percy himself – not Ashley.
    If stability was such a desired trait I’m sure Ashley or Dastardly would have killed the speculation as to whether Percy is retained or not. No such assurances have been publicly made.
    My logic (logic -difficult when talking about the Toon) would lead me to the conclusion that the silver barnet jellied eel scoffer will be getting the bullet next week.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 19, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Mister Tuff,
    Good evening/morning,
    The only sober mutterings we have had since Dirks purple rant were the offerings after the new signings and the Chelsea win so I wouldn’t get to hopeful after this latest bout of silence regarding Pard u turns future, I wonder what it’s done for SD in tomorrows papers the 1M bonus farce.

  • AndyNUFC

    May 19, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #19

    Mister tuff, Ashley doesn’t make any comment to any media about his business or let Llambias on his behalf. Everything at NUFC is a well kept secret within Mike Ashley’s big head.

  • Tinman - Pardwho?

    May 19, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #20

    Still think he is a dead man walking. Bye Bye Pardiola

  • hotdog

    May 19, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #21

    I ain’t been in the blog for a few days so flicking through the posts.

    To all you pardew bashers. I can’t stand Williamson playing for the toon but do I come on here having a pop everyday!!

    No, if you ain’t got something positive or different to say, don’t start typing and keep off the submit button ffs

  • Mister Tuff

    May 19, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #22

    jail/andy -morning -trouble is apart form this so called % year plan and getting the club on a sound financial footing -nobody in reality knows what El Gourdo’s long term plans are. The lack of knowledge provides the void for all manner of speculation. Anyway I suppose probably only a matter of days and we all should have an idea of what the plans are.
    As for later on today – I suspect we will be in for a beating with our defenders terrified of the speed of that leprachaun Walcott -then playing too deep and inviting the rest of the Gooners to dominate us in our half. I hope not but suspect this will happen.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 19, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #23

    % = 5

  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    May 19, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #24

    Apologies if this has already been mentioned but anyone else think tyhis 1m bonus is primarily because Ashley is supposedly a Spurs fan?

  • LeToonARMY

    May 19, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Comment #25

    __________________HARPER__________________ ___DEBUCHY___TAYLOR____COLLO___YANGA_
    ___BEN ARFA_____CISSE______GOUFFRAN______


  • paddythemagpie

    May 19, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Comment #26

    le toon army:
    whats ur name alan pardew..because thats clearly what hes going to start with 2mara.
    how about marveux for gouffran/gutierrez,
    campbell on for cisse after 60 mins
    dont be such a boring ba$ta&d

  • Kc-Toon

    May 19, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #27

    Is anyone else wondering whether the reported 1 million bonus ashley is offering if we win tomorrow anything to do with ashley being a tottenham fan ?

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 19, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #28

    hope arsenal will win 0-7 just to see ashley kick pardew s ass and fire him

  • Greebol1892

    May 19, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #29

    LOL @ 26! Le Toon is spot-on 🙂
    Marv and Campbell will come on with 20mins left, to replace Gouffran & HBA when we are defending a 0-2 deficit (hehe!)

  • SimonToon

    May 19, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #30

    @roshan MAGPIE

    Get a grip son. Calling yourself a toon fan and hoping we lose 7-0 don’t go together you fool.

  • mohtoolz

    May 19, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    Comment #31

    Mapou did well this season. Much better than that other French defender before him.

  • jonobbad

    May 19, 2013 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #32


    Im not saying I agree with roshan but maybe in his eyes its one loss now which means nothing, which ultimately benefits nufc in the long run as pardew would be gone.
    However as much as I want him sacked, I always want us to win.

    And like someone said earlier, with all the hammerings we have taken this season I dont think one more will matter.

  • check the toastie

    May 19, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #33

    For the long term future of the club we need to lose badly today, hope we continue to be terrible as this will speed up the process of Pardew getting the bullet, we can never move on as a club whilst he is in charge.

    Come on Arsenal.

  • bills-son

    May 19, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #34

    I doubt there is another owner in the world who would get anything other than praise for sharing out £1 million amomg the backroom staff. Can you imagine how excited they must be and how much the players will want to do it for them. The players will know many of the staff and will know just how much this money will mean to them.

    It’s a fantastic gesture by Ashley and shows how passionate the guy is about winning and finishing as high up the Prem as possible. Fans criticising him in any way are pathetic, spiteful, little farts.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 19, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #35


    If I knew it would get rid of him I might be with you …
    Desperate times when you support the opposition just to get rid of a useless manager.

    I want us to win but if we are going to lose it might as well be by a cricket score.

  • chris_g

    May 19, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #36

    Kc-Toon // May 19, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Is anyone else wondering whether the reported 1 million bonus ashley is offering if we win tomorrow anything to do with ashley being a tottenham fan ?

    No, because Ashley has categorically stated that he is NOT a Tottenham fan. His exact words were:
    “It’s not true. I absolutely hate Spurs and always have done.”

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 19, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #37


    Shame it has to be gambled on something out of the staffs hands.
    Last time he did this was the WBA game we were 3-0 up at HT then Pardew defended the 3 goals … and the staff got nothing.

  • bills-son

    May 19, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #38

    Check, you want to see us beat today?

    You aren’t a fan. Period.

    In my 50 odd years supporting the Toon I’ve seen far far worse managers than Pardew but I’ve never ever gone to a game wanting my team to lose – for any reason.

    I – and I’m sure the vast majority of true fans – are sick to the pit of the stomach every time we lose whatever the curcumstances.

    You Check – and people like you – are a disgrace to the word fan.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    May 19, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #39

    I reckon if we dont beat arsenal that 1m will used to say bye bye to pards cos ashleys team did not make the CL.

  • check the toastie

    May 19, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #40

    bills – you are right, its a good gesture by Ashley, and personally think he is going great, obviously aart from the one main issue of employing a total incompetent to run the team. Until he shows some ambition regards employing a manager who is top notch then the club is going nowhere.

    He employs Benitez in the summer and i must agree the club is in better health than its ever been. Dont think he deserves the shit he gets for sure.


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