Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is still not a starter on Tyneside after having fourteen months on Tyneside, but he has still played 23 times this season to go with his 20 appearances he made last season, and he is so versatile that he will continue to get a lot of games for the club.
Yanga-Mbiwa challenges Ross Barkley on Tuesday night
And Mapou has been deputizing for injured Mathieu Debuchy recently, and he’s put in some decent performances, and shows signs of finally settling down in the Premier League.
Mapou has assured Newcastle fans the side will try to get as many points as possible in the final seven games of the season:
“First and foremost we want to stay in the top 10 of the Premier League and make sure we get as many points as we can.”
“If that takes us even higher, then great. The last couple of months are all about playing well, putting in good performances and making sure the season finishes well.”
“For me? It has already been a successful season.” “We want the teams above us to be looking over their shoulders as we give them something to think about.”
“And it is not just us players who play a role in that but the fans as well – they are so crucial to us.”
It;s good that Mapou thinks he’s been successful this season, but there’s a lot more we expect from this player – who has strong leadership qualities and should continue to improve at Newcastle.
It’s going to be very tough for the lads tomorrow at St. Mary’s, and the weakness of the young Saints side is their defense, but we wonder if Luuk de Jong and Papiss Cisse can take advantage of that.
We just cannot see Newcastle scoring tomorrow, but of course the good news is that we’ve been wrong before.
Howay The Lads!!
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