Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will get another chance tonight against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup, with both Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini still out injured, and we hope the Frenchman plays well, because he still has to prove he can make it at Newcastle, and play regularly in the Premier League.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – due a good game tonight
The defender was suspended for the Sunderland game, after a rather stupid foul on Luis Suarez against Liverpool gave away a penalty, and had Mapou sent off, and he has served his one game suspension.
The 24-year-old could become a great acquisition for Newcastle, since he has excellent leadership skills and can play anywhere across the back four.
This is what Mapou had to say in the local papers today:
“I travelled with and stayed with team for two days to help the group to do well, but we lost,” “It is hard watching. I like to play and to help my squad mates.”
“Now we play Man City, and we must recover quickly to try to forget the last game,” “I want to play well and help the squad do well. We must go in front.”
“We need to play and remember the first game with Man City,” “That helps us do well to prove to ourselves and the fans that this was a mistake. We must learn from it.”
“If we play well we can go through. We all want to do well to help ourselves to move up and continue to do well.” “We are Newcastle United” “We need to play well against clubs in the league, but we must also try to win cups.”
“We want to go to the quarter-finals.”
Those are good words from Yanga-Mbiwa, and while we were big fans of the 24 year-old when he signed for us in January, it’s taking time for him to adjust to the physical style of play in England.
However, in yesterday’s press conference a surprisingly upbeat Alan Pardew reiterated that he thought Mapou was a good player, and that he was going to do extremely well at Newcastle.
It would be a good time for Mapou to show tonight that’s exactly what he can do – we need to win tonight – but it’s going to be very difficult.
What do you think?