News today from Alan Pardew that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will play tomorrow for Newcastle against Liverpool, and that should give the Frenchman a huge opportunity to show Newcastle fans he can indeed get the job done at Newcastle.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – big chance for this man tomorrow afternoon
It will be a surprise to us if Yanga-Mbiwa starts at center-back tomorrow, but that seems to be what Alan Pardew is hinting at, as he had this to say in the local papers today about the 24 year-old:
“Mapou will play. He came out of this team, but he has put in some strong performances for this football club.” “Certainly, it takes time to adjust to the Premier League.”
“I remember Coloccini’s first year here. Sometimes it takes some adjusting. What we’ve done is give him some solutions to get the best out of him.” “You are looking for a bit of character in a player,”
“He’s a player with tremendous pace. He has to utilise that. If he can do that, he is going to be a massive asset for us.” “We paid a lot of money for Mapou. “
“We are hoping he can get Premier League football in a short period of time. He is growing as a player, and he will get better.”
Pardew makes a good point that Colo struggled in his first season at the club, which turned out to be the relegation season, but since then he’s been a massive player for Newcastle, and played great in the promotion season and just over eighteen months ago was in the Premier League Team of the Season, after Newcastle finished 5th in the league.
So Mapou has a good role model to help see him through what have been some difficult games for him at Newcastle so far, but he’s also turned in some excellent performances for the team too.
Mapou was dropped after Newcastle’s 3-2 defeat at Everton, when we looked completely hopeless in that first half, and Mike Williamson came on at half time for Mapou, and had a solid game.
The Frenchman is a first class professional who wants to improve his game at Newcastle, and if Newcastle are to get a result tomorrow then Mapou will have to have a very good game.
We hope that’s exactly what happens.
What do you think?