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.
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.