Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa seems to be impressing Alan Pardew big time this summer, not only with this attitude, but with his form in training, and the 23 year-old Frenchman is already showing the obvious leadership skills he has. which made him such a successful and effective captain at Montpellier, when he was still young.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – a future Newcastle captain – it’s likely
Alan Pardew has given an extensive interview today on the Newcastle web-site today, and this is what he had to say about Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa:
“The center halves is an area I’m particularly happy with. We have four experienced guys and Mapou (Yanga-Mbiwa) in particular has now had six months in England and is looking terrific.”
“We have a lot of good things in place, and in the three years I’ve been here I definitely feel this is as strong as we’ve ever been at this stage of a season.” Mapou is a natural leader and has done it before for Montpellier in the Champions League.”
“The only thing he is lacking is experience of the Premier League but that will obviously come, and his English is improving all the time.” You can see in the way he trains and plays that he is a natural leader and I want to encourage that out of him even more.”
“We need more of those types of players and that leadership.”
We would expect Mapou to concentrate on speaking the English language well, and as soon as possible, and that will then set him up as a future Newcastle captain, and his style of leadership is very much like that of former captain Kevin Nolan.
Fab Coloccini still has three years left on his contract on Tyneside, and we hope the Newcastle captain can stay and see out his contract, but watch for Mapou to be named vice captain at some stage in the future, and maybe sooner rather than later.
And when Colo does finally leave (he’s been great for Newcastle), then assuming Mapou can win his place in the Newcastle starting eleven, which is still a question at the moment, then he would be a very good choice as the next Newcastle captain.
What do you think?
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