We had hoped that Newcastle United defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa would be able to get a chance in the coming season, to show what he can do at Newcastle, and it seems that the character and fight of the former Montpellier captain in pre-season has impressed manager Alan Pardew.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa at Sheffield Wednesday
There’s a good report in the Chronicle, that Alan Pardew is now having second thoughts after Yanga-Mbiwa has played in nearly all of Newcastle’s games in pre-season and has looked a good player.
In the last eighteen months, Mapou has played well, very well, and poor and very poor for Newcastle – so he’s been struggling with his consistency.
But that’s a common trait when you start to play in a league as good as the Premier League, and even Mathieu Debuchy had some poor games for the Magpies while he was adjusting his game.
French clubs Lens, Bordeaux and Marseille were all interested in taking the defender, who still has a very good name in France, but his wages were a problem.
Mapou’s attitude in pre-season has been outstanding, and he seems determined to show Pardew that he is good enough to make it in the Premier League, and he has played more minutes in pre-season than any other player at Newcastle.
What we like most about Mapou is his versatility in being able to play in any one of the back four positions, but we’ve always thought his mediocre heading ability, make him a better full-back than a center-back.
Mapou was also busy in the summer getting himself fit, and he came back for pre-season in super-fit condition, and that has shown in both his training and the first team games he has played so far in pre-season.
We are still hoping that Mapou will be able to make it on Tyneside – and have a good career at Newcastle.
Time will tell.
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