When Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was singed by Newcastle eighteen months ago it was through he would be a very good signing, since he was versatile and could player anywhere across the back four, with his preference being center-back.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – to be sent out on loan?
But the former Montpellier captain had both good games and some very poor games for Newcastle last season, and he has struggled for consistency on Tyneside.
Maybe he could have been given another season on Tyneside, but it seems manager Alan Pardew has made his mind up and now he is available for transfer with a number of French clubs, including Bordeaux and Marseilles said to be interested.
This is what Bordeaux President Jean Louis Tiraud has said about the player:
“He is an excellent player with one defect, he was bought very expensively by Newcastle and his salary is high.” “The problem with the idea of a loan, is most clubs wait until the 31st August, because they are still trying to sell the player.”
In this situation what generally happens is that the player could be sent out on loan, because at least the allows most of his wages to be paid by another club.
And we may even be able to get a loan fee in addition, but his contract doesn’t run out until the summer of 2018 – so that’s a long four years.
One element of Mapou’s game that was noted fairly early on at Newcastle, was that he was not a good header of the ball, and that was one of his weaknesses, playing in the Premier League.
But Mapou has also played some sterling games for Newcastle too, so maybe it’s a bit premature for Alan Pardew to unload him this summer?
We’d like to see him given another chance, and maybe if he doesn’t make it next season, he could be loaned out in January.
What do you think?