Yanga-Mbiwa played for Newcastle on Saturday against Norwich and the 24 year-old put in another solid game for the Magpies, this time at right back deputizing for the suspended Mathieu Debuchy, and that allowed Fab Coloccini to come back into the side at center-back.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - another good performance form the Frenchman
But the Newcastle defense had one or two dodgy moments against Norwich, and we didn’t think the defense looked as strong and solid as it had in the last three games, so maybe Yanga-Mbiwa’s best position is in fact at center-back.
But this lad is just a top professional, and he had this to say today in the local press today:
“We want to play well, we want to win every game, and we’ll see where that takes us,” “If you look at the table, the Champions League or Europa League is still possible at this stage, there are many games left in the season. “
“We’re going to be doing everything we can to finish as high as we can. We have had a taste of European football and we would love to have it back next season.”
“I try to do well every week, on the training ground, during a game. I want to help myself to be as successful as I possibly can,”
The choice of bringing Colo back into the starting line-up and switching Mapou to right back, always opened the way for Mapou to be on the bench against West Brom on Saturday – and after four very good performances in the Newcastle defense, he hardly deserves to find himself on the bench.
But that could happen against West Brom, which would be a shame, but we do expect Mathieu Debuchy to come straight back into the side.
The more Mapou plays in a Newcastle shirt the better he will become on Tyneside, and he could end up becoming a fantastic buy for the club.
It’s a dilemma for Alan Pardew – but a good one to have – because most of his players are performing very well in a Newcastle shirt, and we’re now even above Tottenham on goal difference and in 8th place, and only 2 points out of 4th place – unbelievable.
Spurs were taken apart 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium, where Manchester City are dismantling almost every side that goes there - their last home game was a 7-0 win against Norwich , so when we lost 4-0 on the first day of the season we were against a side who play fantastic football at the Etihad Stadium.
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