Yanga-Mbiwa Great At Roma – After Newcastle Disappointment

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has started his career in Italy very well indeed, and he is currently the top rated Roma defender after three games played.

Mapou Yanga Mbiwa

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – playing great at Roma

But Mapou never looked the part at Newcastle, and when he was played at center-back his lack of heading ability and his poor positional play was too much of a negative, and that’s why he was often played at fullback while at Newcastle.

In addition, he made some wild challenges in and around the penalty area, and it could be that the slower pace and less physical style of play in Italy suits his style much better than the English way of playing the game.

Mapou  had some terrible games for Newcastle, and two that come to mind was when we were hammered 6-0 at home by Liverpool, and then when we were 3-0 down at half time at Everton, before he was yanked from the game and replaced by big Mike Williamson.

But Mapou at times also played very well for Newcastle and looked the part too, and in last season’s 1-0 win at Tottenham he had an absolutely terrific game, and we always thought he needed more time to settle down in the Premier League.

And by letting him go on loan to Roma for the season, on the last day of the transfer window, we now have only three experienced center-backs in the squad, and heaven help us if first choice pair Colo or Willo get injured this season.

The news is that Roma want to make the deal permanent, and Newcastle have offered the French International at a knockdown price.

Newcastle paid €8.5M (£6.8M) for the player from Montpellier in January of last year – but it looks like he will leave for a lot less than that.

Mapou played 46 times for Newcastle United.

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98 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Don’t care how well he does there, looked a poor player for us….although we have a habit if making a lot of players look poor.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #2

    who’s surprised ? He’s now playing for the type of manager we could only dream of.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #3

    He was lost here ANYWAY.

  • cyprus

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #4

    You mean grammar police not grammer? 😉

    Anyway, can’t nobody PROFESSIONAL read lips? What did that guy say? It sure looked like ‘get rid’. In that case, it will take a week or so as we’ll need a manager who is ready to do battle. This looks and feels like the relegation season, so fancy Shearer-type experiments won’t do now, sorry. It’s…. Pullis for me!! See what he did at lowly Stoke and even more lowly Crystal Palace. We need results… NOW.

  • cyprus

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #5

    So, Mbiwa not good enough for us but Roma’s best defender… Says it all, really. Our players often look like pub mates who hardly ever train together.

    Our set plays are a joke!!!

  • Ethiotoon

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Nu and Roma have agreed to make mbiwa deal permanent for £5m,if he performs well during his loan spell.we can get Virgil van dijk for £7m-£8m in January bcoz he is our nearest option, from the rest available, to get him.
    Then,add Carroll to that on loan and see how he progress in his ability as well as his injury scare
    Again Carroll is the nearest option to get and WH will be happier to let him go as they have enough strikers.Then we can get back to where we belong!!

  • gazzaforever

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Garcia is everything that Pardew isnt. He is a tactician, he likes flair players, he blames himself after a loss. Oh, and he was totally available 2 years ago.

  • sweendog

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #8

    just hope we are trying to get a good replacement for pardew and that’s why its taking time .. come on De Boer ..

  • toon22

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #9

    He is our version of Tevez/Mascherano.

  • goommy

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Any player on top form under Pard? never..

  • stan anderson

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #12

    I would be very surprised if any decent manager will come to this club and work for the fatman.
    More likely JFK.is waiting in the wings.He was just saying he is ready for another crack at management.He may be able to persuade Mick Harford the mackem to join him this time though HA HA.

  • mag92

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #13

    A bad tradesmen always blames his tools!

  • 70TWO

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Rotonda heights

    Had a feeling it was not right but, well, hey – thanks.

  • Santon03

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #15

    I suspect pardew position now is as a temporary or caretaker manager. MA is not that stupid to sack him now before a replacement has signed a contract and he won’t be too hasty signing new manager. It’s not healthy to keep changing manager, not health for the team and pocket. IT has to be a sure thing, not a flop again.
    He won’t sack pardew just yet because if he sacked him now, who would replace him temporarily? Carver? Beardsley? Stone? I don’t think MA has any confident on those guys, if one of them became temporary and we got slaughtered game after game then the crowd will turn on him or the temp. It is safer this way, only pardew as human target for abuse.

  • Average_Contents

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #16

    If we fail to score on Saturday it will equal the kings own record of 4 consecutive away games where we’ve failed to hit the back of the net.

    If last season is taken into consideration aswell as this one then it’s 1 goal in 8 of which that was an own goal by Liverpool.

    Truly astounding.

  • mag92

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #17

    The MYM situation just shines more light on the most useless manager in English football and hopefully will hasten his exit.

  • Santon03

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #18

    I think what MA said LC is “new manager hunting starts tomorow!”

  • valle

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #19

    How our fans are not putting more pressure on Ashley is beyond me… Last home games protest was a joke.

  • mag92

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #20

    As long as 49000 turn up to watch Pardews alternative football, Ashley won’t mind.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Funnily enough, he goes and we’re still crap as does scapegoat no.1 Hatem.

    It’s the manager’s inability to get the players passing and moving as a unit in why we’re continually so poor, that then effects them.


  • lesh

    Sep 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #22


    If these suggestions are coming from Bishop, Ashley’s Max Clifford equivalent (and we all know what happened to Clifford when karma put him in the slammer, then I wonder whether Ashley hasn’t made yet another boo-boo.

    If he wanted to hire a comedian, he should have hired John Bishop – at least he’s got some football in his blood having turned out at Anfield in a charity match.


    You referred to SD staff performance and Ashley’s expectations of them, imagine his reaction if he got wind that one of his area sales managers was turning in a 23% sales return on visitors to his shops.

    Wouldn’t last five minutes – or then again, he may be as gullible as they come and accepting such poor performance, or he’s got someone working for him who does the job for him?

    The fact that Pardew remains for the foreseeable future just beggars belief, it’s incredulous, shocking!

    The sad thing is that a combination of Ashley’s irresponsibility alongside fan frustration and anger, will most certainly affect results and we’ll be staring relegation in the face.

    Does Ashley not realise that when the managerial merry-go-round starts in ernest, there’ll be nobody worth recruiting available.

    Gross mismanagement on Ashley’s part and maybe the Anti-Pardew brigade should join up with the Ashley out lot and form a ‘Please Save Our Club’ action group.

  • Ethiotoon

    Sep 30, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #23

    how about cabaye and Ba under him??

  • mag92

    Sep 30, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #24

    The king has ruled over the worst football on offer and it’s time he abdicated as beheading has been outlawed.

  • jasper

    Sep 30, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #25

    Mbiwa is a number 6. As is Collo. Not sure what Saylor is, if anything.
    Williamson is the only number 5 we’ve got, limited as he might be.
    Mbiwa was fine with MW and poor with Collo – as many have pointed out. Never given a proper chance as AP is wedded to idea of Collo first choice no matter what as he was to others before , such as Raylor.
    Can’t wait to see the back of him -AP that is.

  • 70TWO

    Sep 30, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #26

    Mbiwa looked to have more potential than Bramble ever did. When AP is sacked do I win my challenge about who will last longer at NUFC, between HBA and AP?

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 30, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #27


    Depends if you take the UK or American spelling and / or are talking about schools. Don’t try and outsmart a smartarse / ass.

  • pspelectrical

    Sep 30, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #28

    Everyone if you can please listen to talk sport now,,,, the truth about nufc has just been summed up

  • Charlietoon

    Sep 30, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #29

    He was just terrible when he got a run at centreback with Willo. Clean sheets against spurs and Chelsea. The dropped for the man who had been agitating for a move for two seasons.

  • mag92

    Sep 30, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #30

    MYM helped too keep four clean sheets on the bounce when Coloccini was having his breakdown and then MYM, was quickly dropped for the hairy one.

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 30, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #31

    This is your Senior Official Blog Journo. I’m here at the ground with our beloved manager Alan Pardew once again. I have several questions for you Alan:
    G2: First of all Alan are your underpants too tight? You have been looking very uncomfortable lately.
    Alan: Thanks for asking G2 you horses ass. No my underpants are fine. It’s dealing with plonkers like you that has me upset.
    G2: Ah, I see. Well as for the football Alan how are you feeling about the progress the club has made after nearly 4 years under you?
    Alan: Piss off you little curmudgeon. The club is fine. The players are fine. The coaches are top notch. Take my pal Johnny C. for example. He gives me nothing but the most useful advice. I caught him sobbing a little yesterday if I’m honest but he said he had a head cold.
    G2: That’s wonderful Alan. So we can look forward to many more wins with you as manager then?
    Alan: Don’t go there G2. I’m about ready to tear your little pin head off at the shoulders.
    G2: Well thanks again for these very valuable insights Alan. I’ll let you get back to whatever you actually do for the club now.
    There you have it mates. A clear look at what’s happening with the club. 😯

  • Toon Tang

    Sep 30, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #32

    mag92, chuffing disgusting isnt it. No player should just walk straight back in, not even one of the hierarchy.

  • 70TWO

    Sep 30, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #33


    You will have to sum up the summary

  • Toon Tang

    Sep 30, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #34

    ‘But Pardew is expected to remain in charge even if United lose to Swansea on Saturday’

    This is what we’ve been dealing with since day dot eh..

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 30, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Some important statements now being released by Ashley:
    1. Piss off you ugly northeastern lot.
    2. I hate you all. I hate your ugly mugs. I hate your accents. I hate your grannies.
    3. You can go suck eggs as far as I’m concerned.
    4. Please support your club by turning up at the ground no matter what kind of dog’s breakfast I put on view.
    5. Have a nice day.

  • mag92

    Sep 30, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #36

    G2 he loves our money though!

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 30, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #37

    Spot on mag92. It’s the only thing he does love about us.

  • Belfast

    Sep 30, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #38

    Lets see how he does tonight.

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #39

    So Mike has decided Alan should stay on for a bit longer then? Yes I can see his point. We aren’t yet buried deep enough in 20th place. No change necessary yet. We can always panic during the January window. Graham will save us again. And then after we win 3 or 4 and slip into 17th place it can be business as usual. Beautiful Mike.

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 30, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #40

    All together lads. How do you spell Buffoon?


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