French Club Interested In Newcastle Defender


It would appear that the Newcastle career of 25 year-old Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is over, and he is available to other clubs in the summer, after Alan Pardew concluded he will simply not make it in the Premier League, and that’s based on probably at least a couple of things – his poor positional play and also his lack of heading ability.

john carver mapou yanga-mbiwa

Yanga-Mbiwa and John Carver – in happier times

Mapou had a few nightmare games for Newcastle, and they started at Everton in late September, when he was playing at center-back and he was withdrawn at half time, and Mike Williamson came in, and after that stayed as first choice for the rest of the season.

And we have to admit that we thought Mapou was an excellent signing when we got him from Montpellier, but he hasn’t lived up to those high expectations, and it would be a surprise if an English club wanted to pick him up in the summer.

Montpellier would take him back, but his former club probably couldn’t come up with the money – we paid around £8M for him seventeen months ago, and we suppose we’ll try to get as much of that fee back.

Maybe we could do a part exchange for Remy Cabella – just a thought.

And his International career has gone backwards quickly since he joined Newcastle, after he couldn’t nail down a starting position in the Newcastle back four, and of course he was nowhere near getting into the French squad for the World Cup in Brazil next month, which was a goal when he joined Newcastle.

Mapou does have good leadership skills, and still has a stellar name in France, having captained the Montpellier side to their first ever French Championship two years ago, when he was only 22 years old.

And the news today is that French club Bordeaux have registered an interest in the player, but it’s going to be difficult for a French club to come up with the money to secure the services of the player, and if we cannot find a buyer this summer, maybe we can loan him out for next season.

But we’re sure Newcastle would like to get him off the books completely before September rolls around.

Mapou played 48 times for Newcastle in his short career on Tyneside.

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121 comments so far

  • toonking

    May 29, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #1

    cyprus

    that will actually just cause things to get worse.

    ashley will have to pay his full wages even if their was a clause in his contract. the problem facing ashley is he knows pardew has had to cope for a full season without any arrivals and so all pardew would need to do is go to court and appeal for the rights to have all his money as he really got as good a finish as we should expect..

    also if a new manager comes in he will join knowing he can’t have the confidence of a manager who is going to be backed in the transfer window, i just can’t see quality managers wanting to work here knowing that a transfer window has a high chance of going down badly.

    if pardew were picking players and we only expected players like bent, how the hell did we manage to get players such as cabaye, tiote and debuchy in the first place?

    also if we did get a new manager and kept all these players then would that not allow ashley a great opportunity to not spend money for a 3rd window running. we are telling him that pardew ruined these players, therefore this is a great team in ashleys eyes and doesn’t need money spent.

    in ashleys mind money only needs spending when he has not backed a manager enough and the manager has not got the results needed.
    that was why he spent lots the january before last, because he feels the team was not strong enough to survive and he hadn’t given pardew money in summer, also it’s why i think we spending money this summer.

    the full reason for ashley appointing pardew was he knows fans will not be happy with pardew, so whilst pardew gets all the abuse ashley continues to get his money from the club without having to worry about abuse.

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  • Spoof

    May 29, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Another one possibly out the door, get in, lets look on the bright side, at least the kids will get a sustained run in the side ?

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  • theartfuldodger

    May 29, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Suppose Grenier and Cabella dont end up here…Who replaces cabaye..or even remy..

    Not too many names out there..Finbogasson and Gomis (cant meet his wage demands)..and lassoga..

    Ashleys on the verge of relegation…
    Big Summer??..Or Complete Anticlimax…

    Remove debs and sissoko frm the team and we would be odds on for relegation frm the champiomship even…

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 29, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Alan Pardew concludes he isn’t good enough! Ha.

    The same prat who wouldn’t play Mascherano. Now he’s at Barca.

    P45DUE

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  • spitfire_

    May 29, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Unload MYM but keep Williamson and Saylor… ffs…

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 29, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Cyprus
    The atmosphere would be no more poisonous than this season
    And how does AP losing his job change the drastic work that needs doing this summer?
    Do you really think the club won’t move players on in case they fancy sacking the manager after a couple of games?

    Sazzer
    As long as clubs spend crazy money on Debuchy you wouldn’t mind him going?
    Why?
    Wtf difference does the price we get make?
    It won’t be re invested so truly baffles me why any one would happily see a top player out the door

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 29, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Spitfire
    Toon Logic eh!

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  • JackButler

    May 29, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #8

    So many of our players have not lived up to our expectations Ed.

    Are our expectations unrealistic?
    Are they simply poor signing’s?
    Or is there another reason?

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  • spitfire_

    May 29, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #9

    TADS

    Not exactly… I would say pardew’s logic… which is rotten all the way.

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  • cyprus

    May 29, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #10

    toonking,
    What you say makes sense, except, MA does get his share of abuse. Also, I’m not sure he bought this club for money. He can’t be that dumb.
    TADS,
    You ask me what I think. In truth, I don’t know what to believe this club has in mind. So, these days I am basically expressing wishful thinking. Yes, I think AP has probably lost it and he should leave but I have no idea if he will. It’s just that it seems he’s used up most of his lives, though I may be wrong…

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 29, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Spitfire
    I doubt transfer business is solely down to him

    We have a whole backroom staff and board full of incompetent morons
    Saying this whole mess is solely down to Pards is giving him to much credit!
    It’s been a joint effort from all the idiots behind the scenes!

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  • spitfire_

    May 29, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #12

    pardew’s logic – let’s kick all flair and skillful players out of the club.

    ashley’s logic – let’s not choose the easy way, which is to sack the manager and the new one to use all of our players plus the new comings to push the club to the next level… let’s keep the manager and he’ll kick out of the club all useless by his opinion players.

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  • Sazzer

    May 29, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Spoof
    And you can always play a CB as RB if you have to. Sign Colback on free and let him play RB.

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  • lesh

    May 29, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #14

    toonking….. I think what you’re saying is that Ashley has managed to turn a once well respected club into a toxic brand that people have no desire to be in over with.

    Thank you Mr Ashley.

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  • toonking

    May 29, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #15

    spitfire

    one wants champions league the others well they want football matches in premier league.

    saying that has saylor not been pardewed himself?

    when so much keeps being raised on armstrong and his form ATM why didn’t saylor turnout to be himself, saylor was a great england U21 captain, lots were saying he would be the next senior england. he has had injuries but their is other players we still have at the minute who have had bad injury but still accused of pardewed.

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  • cyprus

    May 29, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #16

    I’d like to see what this set of players can do under a different manager: Krul, Mbiwa, Colo, debs, Tiote, HBA, even guti, Big Siss and some other seemingly very decent players. Can they really not play better?

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  • JackButler

    May 29, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Lads, please stop using the word “Logic” when discussing anything about NUFC, there is no logic at any level of the club. We are being run by fool’s for a passionless billionaire.

    Logic at NUFC is a myth

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  • lesh

    May 29, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #18

    * in over with = involved with

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  • spitfire_

    May 29, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #19

    tads

    I think you are right but only for the new players… They give him a list to choose and they try to buy them (ha ha).
    As far for the leavers… I’m not so sure… exept the cases with the silly money… which is unlikely for MYM.

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  • Spoof

    May 29, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Sazzer

    I get it now, cash in on Debuchy who is one of the best RB’s in the world and we let Raylor and Colback who are both midfielders fight it out for the RB berth, what a brilliant idea ?

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 29, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #21

    If you were Abeid would you want to come back to play for Pardew who never rated you, even though you looked good in pre-season.

    Pardew says this summer transfer negotiations are proving difficult. That’s because no one wants to come you moron!

    I don’t buy that Ba, Colo, Cabaye, Debuchy, Ben Arfa who have all publically criticised Pardew’s tactics want / wanted out, for any other reason that Pardew is still here.

    Pardew had a great platform and has blown it to pieces and Ash is a fool for a) appointing him and B) for now making him unsackable.

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  • toonking

    May 29, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #22

    lesh

    basically yes he has done just that.

    fans are closer to the club than anyone else really and if we are all wanting him out the rest of the footballing world will know that things at the minute are just not going well, so basically why would a decent player or decent manager want to here when we don’t want cups or european football and don’t offer much in wages or transfer fees.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 29, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Cyprus

    I can think of several up and coming young managers with credibility in their CVs who could do a hell of a lot better given the same crop of players.

    It’s a mindset and attitude. Pardew’s is all negative and with him gone I’m sure we’d see a hell of a sea change.

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  • toonking

    May 29, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #24

    to come here

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  • cyprus

    May 29, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #25

    More from the Greek press.. Abeid is considered the team’s ‘revelation’ of the year with 9 goals and 5 assists. His best friend s at NUFC are Vukic and HBA who he says has a terrible taste in music 🙂

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  • cyprus

    May 29, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #26

    RH,
    I have to agree, though we may never know if this team gets dismantled. It was a pleasure watching Newcastle players run the French team a couple days ago 🙂

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  • cyprus

    May 29, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #27

    For those who don’t know Panathinaikos is the second biggest team with Olympiakos, despite the economic crisis. And a regular in Europe. The rivalry between these two teams is analogous to El classico in Spain. I doubt Abeid will want to come back to the bench.

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  • cyprus

    May 29, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #28

    btw, it’s not a ‘bench’ anymore, right? Aren’t those Recaro seats or something?

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  • Sazzer

    May 29, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #29

    Spoof
    Perfect plan. =)

    toonarmydownsouth
    It’s a myth that we don’t reinvest so what’s your point?

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  • toonking

    May 29, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #30

    cyprus

    had you did your history lessons yet mate?
    cabaye ba carroll enrique were all starters at newcastle and each of them were very good for us.

    cabaye benched at PSG
    ba benched at chelsea
    carroll benched at liverpool
    enrique benched at liverpool and might be getting sold.

    why do you expect this squad to do better with a new manager.

    maybe every single newcastle fan should have thought about this when they were praying for the FA to appoint rednapp or hodgson but not pardew as england manager.

    maybe you should all have stayed anti pardew rather than support him during that season we finished 5th.

    the simple answer is your all too late us ashley haters know cashley has caused too much damage and made newcastle too unattractive for decent players and managers.

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  • Spoof

    May 29, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #31

    RH

    it wouldn’t matter who the manager was if I were a player I would not want to play here.

    Have a look at our side as it stands today

    Krul(could move)
    Debuchy(will move)Willo MYM(probably move) Santon
    Tiote Sissoko
    Ben Arfa(going) Raylor Sammi
    Gouffran

    assuming that the 3 outfield players do move as is expected we have Saylor, Colo and Armstrong who are next in line,
    Krul
    Saylor Wilo Colo Santon
    Tiote Sissoko
    Raylor Armstrong Sammi
    Gouffran

    please don’t ask for a bench, but what I have said above is how it is, yes you may have slighly different formations, perhaps even different players with Ferguson, Abeid etc, but we are in desperate trouble m8, really desperate, and quite simply you are dead wrong, there is no one who could be successful with that lot. Look at them for pities sake.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 29, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Cheer up lads. Your Senior Official Club Journo has it on good authority that we will soon sign Cacapa to rescue next season! Yes, Cacapa is returning mates! Saylor and Mbiwa will go (and probably Debuchy as the smell coming off wor club is offending him) but Cacape to come in! Beautiful.

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  • magpie6699

    May 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #33

    I get it! Last season we were very short of numbers and quality so of course we have to clear out large numbers of players! So now I’m overdrawn at the bank the obvious thing is for me to spend more money! Brilliant!

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  • Ketsbaia9

    May 29, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Haha keep Williamson and Saylor and let Mbiwa go. We’ll be even worse next season.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 29, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #35

    Has anybody else noticed that the smell coming off wor club is getting quite ripe? We seem to be rotting from within. Mbiwa not good enough, Remy leaving, Debuchy fed up, Benny leaving. We need to get the pest control officer in to have a look. Possibly something evil has hatched in Alan’s underpants?

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  • cyprus

    May 29, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #36

    G2,
    Your optimism always cheers me up 🙂
    I hope you are right regarding Cacapa

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  • toonking

    May 29, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #37

    we should all just unite and bash one person and one person only, that person we should all bash is ashley.

    bashing pardew and bashing players is just going to cause morale and confidence to drop more and more. what it won’t change is ashley decisions because ashley will just see the pardew bashing as a way of himself avoiding the blame. the bashing of the lesser players, well that will just make managers even less keen on arriving here as they know that their is always a chance of them needing to use even the poor players.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    May 29, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #38

    It’s really disgraceful. We’re thinking of getting rid of Mbiwa, Debuchy, Ben Arfa and Marveaux. We’ll now need about 13 new first team players.

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  • cyprus

    May 29, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #39

    Toonking,
    I read you. Good point. Not sure I completely agree. Enrique was outstanding with them till he got injured. Carroll is a talisman when given the chance and Ba saved Chelsea a couple of times WHEN given the chance. Cabaye, ok, he’s out of his league.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 29, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #40

    Does anybody else fancy a back 5 of Raylor, Willo, Colo, Cacapa, and Santon? Santon and Raylor to be wingbacks. Exciting football with a veteran core to the defense. They could have canes on the pitch for the 3 CB’s and wheelchairs on the sidelines for when they come off (not too often please as we have no bench to speak of). Colour me excited!

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