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There Could Be A Shock Exit From Newcastle This Summer

9:31 am, Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 50 Comments

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has had some very poor games for Newcastle over the last fourteen months, and he plays a couple of games very solidly and then looks all at sea in his next game, and one of those dreadful performances was on Saturday in the first half, when he not only looked half asleep but played on Rickie Lambert for Southampton’s first gal, when it looked like a miracle was going to  happen, and Newcastle could have gone in 0-0 at the break after being completely pummeled in that first half at St. Mary’s.

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – terrible game on Saturday

It’s being reported that Alan Pardew now has some serious doubts about whether Mapou can make the grade at Newcastle as a Premier League player, and it could even be that he is sold in the summer.

Mapou has been taken off twice this season at half time – at Everton and then last Saturday at Southampton, and in both games our defense had been ripped apart, with Mapou putting in a very poor performance.

Mapou has never been a good header of the ball, and along with his poor positional play and the dangerous habit of putting in some wild tackles in and around the penalty box, he can be a liability and could even be on his way this summer.

The difficulty Newcastle have is how they get their money back on the player, as Newcastle paid a decent £6.5M for him fourteen months ago when he arrived from Montpellier.

There’s been some interest from France in the player, with Lille and his former club Montpellier showing some interest, but neither club have much money available.

And with Ben Arfa’s future looking very doubtful there could even be a mass exodus from Newcastle in the summer.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa could be one of those players, and then 70 year-old Montpellier Chairman Lou Nicollin could be right that he may want to return to his former club.

Nicollin had said that Newcastle was a terrible choice for his captain, when he was signed in January of last year.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Newcastle News · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours



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50 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nufc-83 // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Nufc-83 // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    GeordieDan // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    North Atlantic Magpie>

    Based on what evidence?

    Ben Arfa has looked AWFUL since August. This season the only times he’s he’s ever even looked a little effective is when he’s brought on fresh at 80 mins or so against a tired team.

    And even then mostly he’s done literally nothing positive.

    No idea what’s happened to the lad but no chance I’d start him or play him up front. We might as well play with 10 men.

    Saying that though if we play De Jong, Ameobi and Cisse as well it’d be like playing with 7!

    (And thats without mentioning the rest of the players)

    And even then hes done literally nothing positive???

    When he has come on as sub even in the recent games he has created a good few opportunities and even set up a goal more than what any other player had done for the full 90 what are you smoking!!!

    I am not saying he should be starting up front but i do think we need to start him when Remy is out as we have absolutely nothing else offensively and at least teams panic when he gets the ball.

  • 2 Rainrix // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Stop playing him at RB then al. You can tell just by looking at the lads body language he doesn’t like playing there. And honestly the lad only plays one game on one game off, dunno how he’s supposed to adapt to the league when he only starts sporadically.

    Honestly everyone knows colo is off this summer, give mbiwa some games at CB and see what he can do with an extended run in the side, nowt to play for at the end of the day.

  • 3 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    In Mapou’s defence, Pardew had previously said he wants to play him left centre back, as he is more comfortable on the left. He also isn’t a natural full back.

    Let’s face it, it hardly improved after he went off either did it, and he was part of our best defensive spell of the season when he and Willo were paired at centre half.

  • 4 Nufc-83 // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    MBiwa should be sold get rid of this clown we need two solid cbs who are physical and solid. Lovren has been a class buy for Southampton we need a player like that.

  • 5 TikiTakaAcca // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Yanga M’biwa is not a right back.
    It’s as simple as that, the kid has been made a scapegoat of.

    He captained Montpellier; 80/1 outsiders, to the French League title and came here for Premier League experience and to improve his skills. He was shaky at first but then had a solid run of games until he was dropped, and now everytime he’s being played at RB.
    I honestly feel for the lad.

  • 6 Ibizatoon // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    I may be wrong, but haven’t the games where he’s played “solidly”, been when he has had a run of games in his preferred position? Then the he “looks lost at sea” games are when he’s been thrown back in to the defense and at times out of position?

    MBiwa has shown, that when given a run of games, in his correct position, with Willo alongside him, he can do the business.

    I know he’s performed a few too many howlers, but I’d be disappointed to see this player go tbh.

  • 7 Big B // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    according to Ed half the squad r leaving

  • 8 Ibizatoon // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    It seems most of us are on the same page on this issue then.

  • 9 Nufc-83 // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    If we talk about solid Cb’s Distan has been the one who got away for me shocking decision not to make him permanent

  • 10 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    On Ben Arfa, most people know that I don’t rate him highly as a player, and in normal circumstances wouldn’t have him in the starting 11, but at the minute surely there is no option but to play him.

    Whilst he is inconsistent, frustrating, selfish and unable to play for the team most of the time, he does offer at least a small possibility of creating a chance. Of the rest of the squad, there is very little evidence of people being able to do that, so surely he must play?

    Definitely not up front though.

  • 11 Nufc-83 // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    I am all for giving players chances like i did when enrique was shocking but at least you could see he had good attributes to play that position. Mbiwa has pace and that is all his positioning is the worst i have seen on par with staylor he cant head the ball or compete against anyone strong he makes rash decisions. Ok he has pace but apart from that i cant see what he brings to the team??

  • 12 Ibizatoon // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Lil…When Debuchy and Remy play (and before when we had Cabaye), we had the luxury of not having to play our luxury player, Benny. I agree with you, whilst he may not help the balance of the team, we desperately need some creativity as we just don’t look like scoring without him.

    We have nothing to lose at this stage, give him a run until the end of the season.

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    NUFC 83,
    It wasn’t the clubs decision not to make Distin permanent, it was the fact he was offered more at Man City, and was promised a centre back slot there whereas he had been used a lot as a full back while with us.

    The club tried to sign him, but he turned us down.

  • 14 Nufc-83 // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    I think most of us will see that we dont have any option but to play him as offensively we offer nothing without Remy. I would bet my life this is what Pardew is thinking for this game:

    I will play a defensive side and formation and keep it tight then maybe we can nick one with a Cisse wonder goal or maybe even a set piece.

    Well Pardew let me tell youy Cisse is the worst st i have seen in the prem for a long time and we must be the worst set piece side both in terms of delivery and players attacking the ball in all the leagues of England.

  • 15 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    …and I have some serious doubt Alan Pardew can make the grade!

    We might have to offload him next season ;) lol

  • 16 jayphoto // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Feel for Mapou as he’s not really had a fair run at centreback! He was playing well when given a chance there and was dropped the moment an out of form coloccini was fit again.
    To be honest, something’s gotta give with our defence… We hear Williamson has had a great season, and coloccini is world class, if these were true then why have we shipped so many goals? It’s not as if the midfield and forwards are on all out attack, the opposite in fact!

  • 17 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Ibiza,
    Like you say, minus Remy and Debuchy we are really lacking in creativity. If they were both fit, I wouldn’t play HBA, but with just one or neither available surely he has to play?

  • 18 Ben3arfa // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    PARDEW needs to go

  • 19 Average_Contents // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Regarding the manure game, when has a Newcastle v manure game never been on TV? Could it be because the media and footballing world as a whole despise us now? Other clubs hate us for the way we negotiate, showing no respect and the media for banning alot of their kin, reporters, local newspapers and trying to sell them access again a lack of respect?

    I remember the days when we were the majority of people’s second club or at least wanted us to do well, now they just laugh at us

    Any thoughts

  • 20 Nufc-83 // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    When we had Distin Man City was in the Championship surely we could have competed with them when they got promoted??

  • 21 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Nufc-83…look at the poll when Benny plays ;)

    To be honest I wouldn’t want to be Benny with Pardew in change! He cannot do right (even though he make changes in favor of Pardew – they just make him look bad)

    If Pardew wants to play he, then change tactics!

  • 22 Ibizatoon // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Jesper…But the club can’t make money by selling Pardew ;)

    Lil…I wouldn’t go as far as saying “surely”. This is Newcastle and Pardew we’re dealing with here.

    I guess that was Pardews thinking last week, but he pulled him off at HT so that little experiment may well be over and we probably have reverted to “keep it tight for 70 minutes and then give Hatem a chance to steal the 3 points” philosophy that we all love so much.

  • 23 TikiTakaAcca // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    On Ben Arfa, he plays in a team where he has to be selfish.
    Who creates for him ?
    Nobody.
    Half the time people watch him as he skins 3 players, and is he gets a chance to shoot, he’ll shoot.
    He’s never part of a team goal because players don’t have the quality to link up with him, he has to do everything on his own, so if he shoots a lot, can you really blame him ?

    He must be sick of people sitting & staring at him do all the hard work.

  • 24 Nufc-83 // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Average or could it be that both sides are now playing for nothing and so the game is not a big draw anymore??????

  • 25 jayphoto // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Think we really need to let whoever is manager next season pick the signings he wants! I’m sick of seeing pardew ruin top talents because he didn’t want them in the first place! For me we need a goalkeeper, a centre back (2 if MYM leaves), a left back, a left winger, a right winger, a creative midfielder and a striker. Next season I want to see players actually play their positions. So MYM at CB, Gouffran up front, sissoko in the middle etc

  • 26 Nufc-83 // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Jesper sorry mate i think the way i have pasted geordie dans post and responded has not made it clear i replied to his post saying:

    When he has come on as sub even in the recent games he has created a good few opportunities and even set up a goal more than what any other player had done for the full 90 what are you smoking!!!

    I am not saying he should be starting up front but i do think we need to start him when Remy is out as we have absolutely nothing else offensively and at least teams panic when he gets the ball.

    So i am with you on this one ;)

  • 27 Nufc-83 // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Jay why a GK? Surely krul and Elliot are good enough and we need extra quality elsewhere as a priority??

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Ibiza…it’s a tricky one mate ;)

    …but maybe by selling Pardew we could maximize the profit of other players long term? :D

  • 29 Average_Contents // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    NUFC 83

    Yes that could be a possibility but how many times have we been on sky sports or BT sport all season for that matter?

    There is some underlying reason why but it will never get admitted too by the media, remember the derby wasn’t even on mate

    Something fishy going on or they just plain hate us lol

  • 30 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Nufc-83… maybe I just need to read everything you write mate :D lol

  • 31 Ibizatoon // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Jesper…It’s worth a go. Let’s get Pardew a for sale sign for our next game.

  • 32 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 1, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    NUFC 83,
    If I remember rightly it was the promise of being a centre back that swayed him mainly.

    TikiTakaAcca,
    But do people now watch him because they have lost faith in him actually playing the ball to them. Very demoralising if you keep making runs and the player continually fails to play the ball and runs into blind alleys, or blazes wildly over.

    I’d say it is a combination of that, and players lacking interest in the rest of the season. This isn’t the first time that Hatem has failed to get a regular starting place in a side. Better managers than Pardew have failed to get any sort of consistency from his undoubted natural ability.

  • 33 Average_Contents // Apr 1, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Ibiza

    No signs, they will block puppets view and then that’s another excuse for him to use ;)

  • 34 Greebol1892 // Apr 1, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Pardew should be fired simply for his handling of Yanga Mbiwa – utterly scandalous.
    MYM already proved he can do it at CB and was looking great with Willo but gets dropped for bloody Colo and then we start shipping goals for fun – no coincidence!
    Those writing MYM off…. didn’t you also write-off Debuchy last year…..???

  • 35 Sinner // Apr 1, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Just a question, is Gouffran the new Jonas? The guy seems undroppable despite doing nothing for the last 8 games. Come’on Pard, give Marveaux a chance.

  • 36 jayphoto // Apr 1, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    On Ben Arfa, he works much less in training than others, avoids team weeks away and team bonding days. In France they say Ben Arfa only plays for himself and if he scored a beautiful goal and the team lost 1-5 he’d go home happy.
    What I will say is many good managers have failed with HBA to find him consistency at club level and international level…. Just maybe HBA is the one who failed? Only difference in talent between him and cristiano Ronaldo is that one worked perilessly to improve and trained morning noon and night, the other treats football like a joke, let’s his physique drop out of shape and is actually a worse player now than when we signed him. I don’t rate or like pardew but I can’t blame him for not playing a player who fails to follow team instructions

  • 37 Average_Contents // Apr 1, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    And on the benny subject

    I really hope he doesn’t start benny purely because it wouldn’t be fair on the lad to take all the blame for a demoralising loss again, bring him on if we need to “nick” a goal when we’re 0-2 down lol

    He needs confidence and the freedom to do what he does best! ATTACK!

  • 38 TikiTakaAcca // Apr 1, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Lion

    Tbh, he was never inconsistent when he was younger, he just had a horrible attitude.
    That affected him, but I don’t think it was his ability.

    He was brilliant to watch when he was younger, he was a lot more lightweight and he was just brilliant.

    Now he’s lost the attitude, other factors have held him back, very annoying.

    It’s the same as Zarate, same situatiom, although he’s been on fire for Velez. Argentinian League though.

  • 39 jayphoto // Apr 1, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    @nufc 83 – I like Elliott to be fair , much more than Krul. Last season I could live with TKs awful distribution as other areas of his game where strong, this season think he’s declined. Couple seasons back I’d have rated him in the top 3 keepers in the league but now I think not in the top 10. I’d rate loris, Begovic, de gea, cech, Hart, Howard, szezchny and mignolet as superior keepers. TKs distribution really hampers our attacking play, would love to see the percentage of his kicks that go to the other team. Modern keepers should begin attacks no throw away possession

  • 40 Sliema // Apr 1, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Nufc 83

    Lovren has actually been poor. Two of my good friends from my time living in London are big Saints fans, they don’t rate him, not in the way that other people do at least.

    Mapou has all the potential. He’s not a RB. I’m not a Pardew hater, I’ve stuck with for so long now, ignoring the stick he gets from everyone simply cause I know he’s between a rock and a fat cnut.

    But things like this, where he ruins players momentum and development by either not playing them, or playing them out of position… It can’t go on like this!

    He is making very clear and obvious errors. We all know it.

    Poor kids at our club. They’ll never make it, not for a lack if effort or desire.

  • 41 so-far-king-quick // Apr 1, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Should snap up all the out of form man united players they’ll be going for pittance. but seriously welbeck 15 million and hernandez 15million surely one is worth a punt.winger domenico berardi for a mere 8.8million, only 19 is a good shout-scored all 4 goals when juve beat milan dont know what the likely chances are, theres also Zakaria Bakkali psv winger reported 10million again zero chance but there are alot of players out there for cheap who could be a good buy, i think we have too many players leaving and too much money coming in to not spend any of it

  • 42 Blofal // Apr 1, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    At CB Mbiwa looks decent. Had a great run with Willo a while back… then Pardew immediately benched him when Coloccini came back and has only played him at RB since… and he is not a RB.

    He has been Pardewed. And for all those that are calling for him to go just remember how long ago you were all calling for Willo to go. Now you wouldn’t be caught dead without him in the side.

    It takes a full season of playing (in the right position) to adjust to the premier league. Even Debuchy who is now hailed as the greatest thing since sliced bread was being slated last season.

    Keep Mbiwa. Get rid of Pardew.

  • 43 bob52 // Apr 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Dont believe Pardew is looking to get rid, he plays well on the left center back and as soon as Colo is fit he puts him back on the bench. This is a fast center back who is never outrun by fast forwards even when turned, every time I have seen him in his correct position he has played well.
    This is another wind up article which will do nothing but unsettle the player, yes he had a bad game at right back, so would Remy!!

  • 44 bob52 // Apr 1, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    On reflection it appears that pardew has done everything in his power to keep Colo at the club to the detriment of players like Mbiwa who should be our future. He should now bite the bullet and play Mbiwa drop colo (who wants away anyway) and play our young prospects like Armstrong,Good and young sammy, nothing to lose everything to gain. Be brave pardew but hell no chance.

  • 45 toonicle // Apr 1, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Not really fair to judge him since he’s spent more time out of position at RB than he has playing CB.

  • 46 toonluvva // Apr 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    I’ve been told that Distin wanted to stay at NUFC, but as a CB a postion he felt most comfortable with. He always felt exposed at LB and told SBR that many times. If my memory is correct, Titus seemed to be getting the CB role on a regular basis then.

  • 47 looizallan // Apr 2, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    Nufc
    That’s a ridiculous comment about Ben arfa, everytime he comes on as a sub he creates things and sets the game alight. He’s just not getting the playing time to put in his best.

  • 48 Sav // Apr 2, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    MYM is young and a good athlete but if a good offer came in, I’d not be too sorry to reinvest it. If Crazy Louis is so fond of the lad, maybe he’ll put his money where his mouth is or accept MYM in a cash + player deal for Cabella.

  • 49 toongoat // Apr 2, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    The only shock would be if pardew left in the summer. Why would any player want to stay? Pardew is clueless and seems to have made many a decent player into a shadow of their former selves. So many players have got worse it cant be a coincidence. Fat mike doesnt care as long as we stay up and keep the sky money coming in. its soul destroying to me and im at the stage where I wont go to games or even follow whats happening until theres a major change. Money had killed my interest in the title race long ago, now its killing the team i love

  • 50 NZGeordieviaAfrica // Apr 3, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Would the public still back David Cameron if he woke up today and decided to switch the protfolios of all the top Ministers? So the Health Minister became the Minister of Defence and the MOD became the Minister for Education etc.??? I’m sure he would be sacked by a motion of “no confidence” in a few hours. Why does Pardew play so many players out of position and expect them to play well? Yet here we are going round and round the mulberry bush. Do you know how hard it is to wake up at 2am to watch us get destroyed 3-0 by Sunderland? I dislike both Ashley and Pardew but I think with a better Manager we could have challenged for 6th place. Then again Ashley doesn’t want that.




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