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.
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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