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games for Newcastle, and they started at Everton in late September, when he was playing at center-back and he was withdrawn at half time, and Mike Williamson came in, and after that stayed as first choice for the rest of the season.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