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This Frenchman Is A Future Captain At Newcastle

9:07 am, Thursday, July 18th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 44 Comments

One thing we knew about Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa when he arrived at Newcastle in January, was that he was a good leader, and that’s why he ended up as captain of Montpellier when he was so young, and he then led the French side to their very first French Championship in 2012.

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – a real leader

Mapou did quite well last season, but also had one or two poor games where he was exposed, but in his last two games when he played left-back – he looked a very good left back for Newcastle.

If someone has said watch the Newcastle left back in those last couple of game – he’s world-class – his displays would have backed that premise up.

However, Mapou still has a fight on his hands to become a regular player in the Newcastle back four, and his heading ability may be a weakness of his game.

And that may force Alan Pardew to use him in a full back position, and there is a lot of competition there with Debuchy, Santon. Haidara, Anita and local lad Dummett, who was brilliant at Motherwell.

Mapou captained the Newcastle side at Motherwell, and certainly Alan Pardew has seen the leadership qualities in the French International already:

“He’s a leader.” “That hasn’t really come out so far because of the language barrier, but you can see why he has been a captain at other clubs.”

“I wanted to reflect that.” “I think he could be an important player for us,”

And Yanga-Mbiwa could get a lot of games next season, simply because of his versatility, and he has already played in every position across the back four for Newcastle.

We’ve said it before, that this lad has what it takes to become a future Newcastle captain.

And we wonder how the French lads are doing with their English lessons, and it would be good to see them be interviewed this summer, even if they struggle with their English, it may help them to learn the language more quickly.

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44 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben3arfa // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Starting him alongside Colo would be a start

  • 2 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    “And Yanga-Mbiwa could get a lot of games next season, simply because of his versatility, and he has already played in every position across the back four for Newcastle.”

    No he’ll get alot of games because he’s a top top player and will easily push chunky tayls out the team

  • 3 jeff // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    and if he doesnt push tayls out of the team jonas will at least have someone to bear the hatred with

  • 4 Toon73 // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Has to start every game if fit. See to it Percy…

  • 5 ajcrawfs // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Need some good news today, all this media stirring is making me depressed! C’mon nufc let’s announce some good news

  • 6 jeff // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    ps toonarmydowns do u have a life. your always on the blog every single day. reading the blog at night always coming across snide classic toonarmydowns posts

    just wondering lold =)

  • 7 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    you would think with all the gash publicity we have been getting, the club would burst a blood vessel to get a signing over the line to at least try and balance things out instead of having the club look like a post watershed version of Byker Grove!

    Get a move on ffs fatties, and put those pies down!!!

  • 8 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:20 AM


    I think you would need to be on the blog to see TADS post every day… so right back at ya kiddo. I felt a little sorry for you at first when I believed you to be a 13 year old kid, but now I believe you are an ageless mackem troll.

    Just saying like!

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Spotlight kid.
    Really enjoy reading your posts.

  • 10 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Yup on here nearly everyday, like you
    Difference is I don’t have to construct false emails for attention ya sad little lad

  • 11 Jamseyd24 // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Have to agree AJ, we need some good new, its alway doom and gloom for NUFC fans lately.

    Cisse needs to shut up or put in a transfer request. You cant pick and choose to use your religion when it suit you. I wonder if it is ture that he frequents the casinos and if so it needs to be reported.

  • 12 jeff // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    krul to be kind lold

    i read this blog in the morning and at night. i see toonarmydowns consistently posting throughout the entire day

    lold =) toonarmydowns you only live once make it of it what u will but get a life seriously =]

  • 13 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Oh and jeff your not reading them at night it’s like 2 in the afternoon in India

  • 14 jeff // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    true sometimes i get some free time from school+gym+part-time job+gf+football training four times a week to check the blog

    chill out roflmao

  • 15 JFK junior // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Jeff – You aren’t still trying to convince people you are a 13yr old Indian kid are you?! Nobody buys into that, well at least I hope nobody is that daft!

  • 16 WWYCD // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    If u talk to jeff he will continue to hound u its what WUMs do

  • 17 JackButler // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    When he settles Mapou will be a massive player for us and a natural leader

  • 18 jeff // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    you guys laugh now but ill be the one laughing when im playing for nufc in eight years

  • 19 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    True lesson learned 😉

  • 20 JFK junior // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Jeff –

    I reckon you are the text book 40yr old virgin. Probably living in a bed sit somewhere, creating this pretend life to fill your long days doing nothing and not working a day in your life.

    And I reckon you look a little like ‘Millhouse’ from the simpson’s!

    But you are quite entertaining when I get to watch you dig yourself deeper! And that email you posted….classic!

    Later Bro!

  • 21 Patoon // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:38 AM


    How about u post ur email address and password on here and we can all check it out ourselves

  • 22 WWYCD // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    It’ll save u some hassle

  • 23 christoon5369 // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    jeff youll only play for nufc on fifa

  • 24 JFK junior // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Thauvins agent has just confirmed that he refuses to wear the lille shirt again.

    He wants to be allowed to leave.

  • 25 JackButler // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Has the friendly with Lille been conformed?

  • 26 John Tudor // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    does anyone read ed’s post’s to the full

  • 27 Transfer Sage // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    honestly not convinced on mbiwa yet

    has a good reputation in France but from the games i say him he looked to casual and had a mistake in him.

    not saying he wont settle and become important but he wasn’t a world beater last season.

  • 28 G.unit // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:44 AM


    You won’t be playing for NUFC in 8 years time, because I have just had an e-mail from my Dad’s mates, long lost brother, who lives in India and he tells me you’re an absolute shocking player.

    Just saying, that’s all!!

  • 29 Ben3arfa // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Reports in L’Equipe claim that Newcastle could be tempted to look at the Ligue 1 market again in their search for a new striker. The Magpies are said to be looking at Marseille frontman Andre-Pierre Gignac.

  • 30 John Tudor // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    ts send him on loan to motherwell

  • 31 JFK junior // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    JB – yes I think so.

    TS – did you honestly expect mbiwa to be world class coming into a sh1t storm relegation battle?! I didn’t!

    He is something special. And we will see that this season.

  • 32 Ben3arfa // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    When is this pathetic striker search of ours going to end??

    Other teams are miles ahead of us in terms of preparation

  • 33 JackButler // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:46 AM


    I think that Mapou along with all the other lads that came in during the January window looked like deer’s caught in the headlights, but given time to settle. learn the language and become comfortable in a new country they’ll all start to sow their class……………………Well I hope so anyway

  • 34 Patoon // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    come on jeff get the email address and password posted

  • 35 WWYCD // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:48 AM

  • 36 viv // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Mapou, is easily the best defender we have at the club. If they could sign Sackho, from PSG they would have an awsome Central defence partnership.

  • 37 arroeben // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Dosnt anyone remember, i think around the 11/12 season he said he wants to go to ac milan, and newcastle can be a good stepping stone for him?

  • 38 Transfer Sage // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:50 AM


    never expected him to be a world beater at all, never mind in a relegation battle

    i just think from what i’ve seen he has a few mistakes in him and is a bit casual.

    hopefully this is the language barrier at first and the new league. but i am yet to be convinced. I am happy being patient though, it is difficult moving at that age.

  • 39 Toon_Tom // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Jeff – how could Claire (APs) receptionist, over-hear Cisse (not Pardew) saying that he isnt happy playing RW or with another top forward???

  • 40 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:53 AM


    Mbiwa came during one of the most unstable periods during recent times and was thrown into a patch work defence pairing the error prone Taylor who is almost as unfamiliar with the offside rule as cisse
    A full pre season under his belt and were looking at potentially the best CB pairing we’ve had for years with him n colo

  • 41 christoon5369 // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    jeffs email



  • 42 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 18, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Don’t think I have ever been so despondent hacked not looking forward to the start of the season with the Toon.

    One calamity after another:
    bringing in dementia suffering Joking Kinnear, No transfer Policy and Bongo Bank and Cisse

    Message to TOP CAT – I have stuck by you but my patience is getting thin – GET IT SORTED – we are the laughing stock of the world of football and I like a lot of other fans are worried about the coming season

  • 43 hadthetshirt // Jul 18, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    “I think he could be an important player for us,”
    Surely you knew that when we bought him???

  • 44 Chrism // Jul 18, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Great isnt it, getting so called ITK info allegedly from APs receptionist and promptly getting her sacked by outing her on a blog. Stupid would come to mind, but its likely BS, in which case you might just have got an innocent young woman the sack for nothing- hmmm bet you didnt think of that

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