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Center-Back Will Be Allowed To Leave Newcastle This Summer

2:01 pm, Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 49 Comments

There had been rumors of this in the last couple of months of the season, and in France today news outlet Mercato 365 is reporting that Yanga-Mbiwa will be allowed to leave Newcastle United this summer.

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – for sale this summer

Mapou joined us from Montpellier in January of last year, when he was one of five French players brought into the club that month, but he has never really settled down in English football, and manager Alan Pardew has decided to let him go, so we will see at least one new center-back coming into the Tyneside club this summer.

When he was signed sixteen months ago, he was thought to have been a good signing for about £7M for the Magpies, since he could play anywhere across the back line, but after some solid performances, he put in some performances where he looked anything but steady.

One of those performances was at Everton last year, when he was hauled off at half time, after Newcastle were 3-0 down at the time, and Mike Williamson came in and was first choice for the rest of the season, and Mike became our Player of the Season for his solid performances at the back.

Mapou played 26 times this season and 20 times in the second half of last season, for 46 total appearances for the Magpies.

Newcastle will now no doubt try to get their money back on the player, but it seems like the manager has decided he will not make the grade in the Premier League.

Yanga-Mbiwa was the captain of Montpellier in their only French League Championship title ever back in 2012, and he also had very good leadership qualities.

It is expected that other French players like Romain Amalfitano, Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux and Ben Arfa will also leave the club this summer, and it looks like Loic Remy will be signing for either Liverpool or Arsenal.

Alan Pardew has said he would like more British players brought into his squad for next season.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Contracts · Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Newcastle News · Premier League

49 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Blofal // May 23, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    I thought he had a good partnership with Willo until Pardew dropped him to parachute Colo back in after an injury and ‘”personal crisis”.

    Pardew did comment that they wanted him to perform because they paid a high wage for him.I’m guessing his wage will be a factor why he I going then.

  • 2 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 23, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Haidara, Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Obertan and Mapou part of the great clear out with Gosling gone, Remy gone, Shola going maybe Sissoko, Debuchy, Santon and Krul
    ARE WE GOING TO HAVE A F**IN team to take the Pitch come the opening of the premiership window.

    ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! ain’t looking good

  • 3 Lilongwe Geordie // May 23, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Let’s face it, pretty much all of our players will be allowed to leave, if a club puts in a suitable bid.

  • 4 Scottiedog // May 23, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Mapau is shite in the air!! Yet another french player who has been scouted and not good enough for the PL!!!!!!!!!
    Get rid while he still has some value and lets get some quality in.

  • 5 estechco // May 23, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Arguably the best CB at the club and they just don’t see it :o(

  • 6 toonicle // May 23, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    So we keep Taylor and send Mbiwa packing? Ridiculous.

  • 7 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Get no-one in and sell most f the players who are rumoured to leave then team that starts the season could look something like:
    Anita Coloccini Williamson, Dummett
    Tiote, Gouffran no-one, no-one
    Sammi and Armstrong up front.

    Cannot find anymore midfield players in or current squad unless you draft in Kemen and Aarons.

    Not looking good

  • 8 Lilongwe Geordie // May 23, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Bigi? Abeid? Mbabu at right back and Anita in the middle? Campbell up top with Sammi out wide.

    Don’t know what you are whinging about! The options are almost endless man!! 😉

  • 9 Mister Tuff // May 23, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    apologies repost.
    Just checking the windows.
    It would appear within the same association -England -the window would be 9th June to 31st August -so we could sign from English teams within these dates.
    Spanish Segunda – as stated their season is still ongoing with the second leg of their play off finals destined for 22nd June. So as the transfer window cannot start until the end of season -we are going to have to wait a bit for any “official” news.

  • 10 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 23, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Yeah put Mbabu in at right back move Anita into midfield but still one short as…
    I thought Bigi and Abeid were also surplus to requirements

  • 11 Lilongwe Geordie // May 23, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    No, we can sign from anyone during those dates. The same way that during the Russian window in their off season they can sign from Prem clubs during Feb.

    Still, as you say, it is a while until the segunda is over dependant on them making the play offs, so could be a while for any announcement.

  • 12 Ginger // May 23, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Absolute bullsh*t if Yanga-Mbiwa leaves. Him and Willo are by far our best partnership and he’s arguably our best defender, not to mention he’s the only one with a bit of pace.

    This is one of the many reasons I hate Pardew.

    Hopefully it’s not true.

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // May 23, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Who knows. Abeid was told he was surplus last summer, but whether the club have a rethink on him now I guess depends on who we sign. Anyway, it all seems a bit irrelevant at the moment, as each of these players needs buyers and there aren’t that many clubs coming out and stating their interest just yet.

    I still say that if any of our players have a decent bid put in though, then they will be off. Nothing to do with being surplus, just how it works.

  • 14 Lilongwe Geordie // May 23, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    The whole idea of a transfer window during the summer is pointless anyway. Clubs start negotiating and deals are done before the window opens, it is only the governing bodies who need to ratify them when the window opens.

  • 15 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 23, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    On the serious point I don’t think they will all be sold but it shows how short our squad is/could be and we are going to have to have a serious investment in our squad in most positions this summer as we are going to be well short

  • 16 TorqToon // May 23, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Why, when the press link us with signings it’s all fabrication, yet when press link us with selling players, it’s treated as gospel??

  • 17 Black and White with an army lol // May 23, 2014 at 2:46 PM


    because we are a selling club, simples.

  • 18 Lilongwe Geordie // May 23, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    We have known that for a while. We knew we would be left very short this summer. I expect about half of those who people are expecting to leave will, including those that have already, so I’d expect at least 4 or 5 in, when we probably need one or two more.

    Kemen, Aarons, Satka, Streete, Campbell and Arma will be given a chance in pre season to step up and push for places to fill out the wider squad.

    Still I’m not going to worry just yet, as it isn’t worth it. If we haven’t made any signings by the start of July then I may get a bit worried.

  • 19 monasnyr99 // May 23, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Dont rate Yanga-Mbiwa at all, if we can get our money back take it and run. Very Poor in the air, rash in the tackle and doesnt look comfortable brining the ball out of defence, really dissapointed by him as I had high hopes.

  • 20 Lilongwe Geordie // May 23, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    It isn’t really linking him with being sold, more saying he is available, which I don’t think is untrue. Most players are available to some extent, and certainly most of ours will be. If a decent bid comes in for MYM, covering what we paid, or more then he will be off. He hasn’t fully settled/adjusted to English football so it is entirely plausible.

  • 21 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 23, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    a lot of our young guns will be given a chance pre season
    Hopefully we are in negotiations with players clubs because from next week a lot of transfer dealings will be on close down until after the World Cup.
    July could be a fun month, lets hope!!

  • 22 G // May 23, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    If I’m honest MYM hasn’t exactly inspired confidence, but I would at least give him another season to prove himself. Often foreign players have a shocking first year in England then turn out to be fine players. He has been fairly rotten at times for us, but he has put in a few good shifts too.

  • 23 Lilongwe Geordie // May 23, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    I have a sneaking feeling that during the World Cup may be when we try and take advantage. We won’t really be looking too hard at that, I don’t think, and while other clubs are we may well quietly go about our business when others are distracted.

    Could be a decent way of snagging some younger, out of the limelight talent at bargain prices. Fingers crossed anyway.

  • 24 Lilongwe Geordie // May 23, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Colo and Enrique spring to mind.

  • 25 G // May 23, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    LG, exactly mate.

  • 26 stuart no9 // May 23, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    who gives a s”t who comes , who stays ?????? BOYCOTT.

  • 27 Brutooon // May 23, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Mapou is one of the future, keep him for another season

    Colo and Williamson are ageing while Saylor is overrated

  • 28 toonarmydownsouth // May 23, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    £50 mil for David Luiz?
    Did i miss something, entertaining yeah but £50 mil?
    Worlds gone mad!

  • 29 jimBOB // May 23, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    I dont see any sense in getting shot of MYM he has proven in the right defence he can do a job, Pardew insists on dropping him without a run, breaking up the patnership he had with willo. I hope pardew will give the young lads a game, but proven in last pre-season it means nothing as nearly 90% of that which featured were sent out on loan, he is a grade A plonker.

  • 30 G // May 23, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    I think it’s fair to say the whole team at some point or other last season let the fans down. I think singling out somebody like MYM is a bad move, and could destroy his confidence, which AP had done before (Cisse). For this reason I choose not to label the individual players, but blame the manger who’s job it is to organise, and galvanize. I know a lot of people on here are defending AP, and blaming the regime. Ultimately, though, the team on the pitch is selected and given tactical instruction by one man, and that’s the manager. There is the person I choose to blame. The regime is an ongoing war, which you don’t win with one battle.

  • 31 beermonkey // May 23, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    it would be so wrong to get rid of mbiwa after his full season
    he has never been given a long stint at centre back even though we kept clean sheets against Chelsea and spurs with him and willo
    he is not the first foreigner to struggle
    it doesn’t do the player any good to keep shifting him to right back while he can play there in a lesser league it is plain to see he cant do it in the prem

    right back after the manager said he was a left sided defender, could this be another talented player getting the chop because of an inadequate manager

    he is a centre back play him there

    hope its just press talk so much of it is

  • 32 estechco // May 23, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    I’m convinced the rashness that people accuse MYM of stems directly from P45dew’s treatment of him and generally playing him out of position.
    He is quick, reads the game well and for a shortish CB has a decent spring in the air too.
    As others have said, him and Willo looked about the best we’ve had for a long while and his class was obvious once given an extended run in his correct position.
    It’s not rocket science!

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    As fat as I know we had to include the long term injured RTaylor just to submit a big enough squad, if all these players are injured will we be including youth team members in our full squad ?

  • 34 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    I think it’s unfair to blame Pardew alone, although he deserves all the stick he got and what is too come should we have a barren window which he defends, but he is a co conspirator in this sorry affair.

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    * fat= far :O

  • 36 Nufc-83 // May 23, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    “Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 23, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Haidara, Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Obertan and Mapou part of the great clear out with Gosling gone, Remy gone, Shola going maybe Sissoko, Debuchy, Santon and Krul
    ARE WE GOING TO HAVE A F**IN team to take the Pitch come the opening of the premiership window.

    ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! ain’t looking good”

    Charlie lets not overreact:
    Haidara – wont go rated highly not even sure i have seen anything linking him away!
    Marv- Not bothered has not played much anyway.
    HBA- Hope he stays.
    Obertan-glad he is going
    Gosling – made up he has gone
    Shola – over the moon he is going
    Remy- Always going
    Sissokho- all Bollx will be stay
    Santon- Will stay
    Debuchy – Can see a big club but hope he stays
    Krul- Over rated but i think he will stay.

  • 37 G // May 23, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    JfA @ 34, I see your point mate, but if it happens on the pitch, it’s the managers fault.

  • 38 JamesToon // May 23, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Oh wow…M’biwa is our best centre back and has bags of potential, was being touted by AC Milan and Arsenal before he came here. I will actually be sick if we sell him, along with Haidara asa well.

    M’Biwa had a great partnership with willo but then pardew ruined it just because our so called “captain” was back from injury.
    I hope coloccini leaves, he’s past it and doesn’t care about us.

    All because we have useless second rate manager

  • 39 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 23, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    If you read my posting 15
    I put
    On the serious point I don’t think they will all be sold but it shows how short our squad is/could be and we are going to have to have a serious investment in our squad in most positions this summer as we are going to be well short

  • 40 TorqToon // May 23, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    There are probably only 4-5 clubs in the world who aren’t ‘selling clubs’. It’s the business I suppose. Not convinced there will be the mass clearout that some of the press are reporting. But if a good enough bid comes in, from a club who is showing ambition, then any one of our players will be sold.

  • 41 Spoof // May 23, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    The retained list has been announced, Shola has definitely gone, it’s just been confirmed.

  • 42 Brutooon // May 23, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Shola SH*t Ameobi is GONEE !!!!!!!!!!

    The sh*t player on earth is now no longer at the club

    NUFC will start winning something from now onwards – trust me !!!!!!

  • 43 Toon Tang // May 23, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Is that ‘breaking news’ correct


  • 44 Toon Tang // May 23, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    cheers for the sunlun slaying goals strolla but you just wernt prolific enough mate.

    Good luck with your next venture.

  • 45 Spoof // May 23, 2014 at 4:38 PM


    2 have already gone, 2 were on loan, and Shola has been released, thats 5 without any bids coming for Santon, Krul, Ben Arfa, Amalfitano or Marveaux yet, they would take it to 10 and it would be no surprise at all if Debuchy was the next to go as he is probably the best player which we currently own, that’s a hell of a lot m8.

  • 46 bobby mango // May 23, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Was never impressed. His distribution was awful, careless even negligent.
    Had some ok games but ineffective at full back, in an attacking sense.
    Versatility is handy but would prefer a dominant CB and RB understudy.

  • 47 anthc // May 23, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    I would give the lad another season. Hes still fairly young and can improve. However, if luiz is worth 50 mill we should get at least 25 for mbiwa!
    So much for ffp rules!

  • 48 robnewman // May 23, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    MYM has been awful. Hope he leaves. The guy has plenty of speed but nothing else. No positional awareness, aerial power or marking capabilities. He has no ball skill nor a brain as he constantly goes into challenges unnecessarily and concedes fouls. He is years away from being ready for the Premier League. The improvement needed is huge. Liability every week.

  • 49 Tayls // May 23, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    I’d certainly give him another season. Watching him in that championship winning Montpelier team he looked world class, and that’s not even an exaggeration. Granted it was in a lesser league, but he was so young at the time and team captain. Let’s not forget how poor our current captain was in his first season.

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