There’s a report in Get French Football News today that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is wanted by both St. Etienne and Lyon, and it’s almost certain the former Montpellier defender will be leaving Newcastle this summer, after only 18 months on Tyneside.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa with John Carver
Alan Pardew has made the 25 year-old available for transfer, and while he played some solid games for Newcastle last season, he also had some very poor games, when he looked all at sea.
And that included the game at Everton last year, when he was hauled off at half time with Mike Williamson coming in and steadying the ship when we were 3-0 down, and we ended up losing only 3-2.
It certainly seems a return to French football would be good for the player, who has failed to adapt to football in England, and some of his weaknesses at center-back seem to be his heading ability and positional play.
Other French clubs said to be interested in the player are Bordeaux, Lens, Marseilles and Lille and it would be best for Mapou’s career if he moved from Newcastle, and he is still well thought of in France, after leading Montpellier to their very first Ligue 1 title two years ago.
Mapou still has four years left on his contract, and he played 46 times for Newcastle after being signed from Montpellier for €8M (£6.4M), and we will be hard pressed to get our money back on Mapou.
What do you think?
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