Ben Arfa and Yanga-Mbiwa were both replaced at half time at Everton after that woeful first half display, which is one of the things that make us think our defense is not too much improved from last season when we leaked 68 goals in the Premier League, and we must do a lot better than that this season, otherwise we could be struggling again.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – big game for the Frenchman today
And today if we play like we did at Everton or Manchester City at the start of the game, then the match will be over by half time – it’s as easy as that.
Frenchman Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was benched in the next game at Cardiff, but with Coloccini again being injured while on International duty, Alan Pardew has said that Mapou will play in this game.
Steven Taylor should also be fit, but it seems he will not be coming in for Colo today, and Steven is having yet another injury ravaged season and hasn’t played since the first game when he got himself sent off just before half time – just to make things that little bit harder for the team. 🙁
Alan Pardew talked about Yanga-Mbiwa today:
“If you take a defender out, you have to say why and give them some solutions,” “I’d like to think I’ve done that for him. I’m pretty sure he’s going to play today, and we need to get a performance out of him like some of the ones he has put in for this club.”
“I think it’s very difficult for defenders to adjust to the Premier League, much more so than for attackers. I’ve always thought that and stand by it.
“Come out, have a look at it, then come back in and show real character. I look at him, and he has got character, there’s no doubt about that. I’d like to think he’ll show it against Liverpool.”
There’s no doubt that Yanga-Mbiwa has struggled in the Premier League, but as Alan says he’s also put in some stellar games and he has to be given more time to get acclimatized to the English game.
We wonder whether he can make it at center-back in the Premier League, and think his best position could be in one of the full-back positions.
But we’d like nothing better than Mapou have an absolutely outstanding game today, and prove us wrong, and help Newcastle get a result.
Sp there’s no doubt that Yanga-Mbiwa will be a very important player for Newcastle today.
We are not invested in being right about our opinions – only that Newcastle do well – so that’s what we hope for today – that Alan Pardew comes up with a great game plan – and Mapou carries out his instructions perfectly on the pitch.
That would be just terrific.
Howay The Lads!!