Roma were 5-0 down at home last night to Bayern Munich in the Champions League after only 36 minutes, and ended up on the wrong side of a 7-1 hammering, and Newcastle’s on loan Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa played the whole game at center-back for Roma.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa when joining Roma on September 1st
Mapou has been on loan at the Italian club all season, and the reports are that he has played extremely well, but it wasn’t a good night last night – that’s for sure.
And the Frenchman also had games at Newcastle when he was yanked at half time, such as the 3-2 defeat at Everton last season, when we 3-0 down at the half, because he seemed all at sea in his defending, and let’s just say that last night he did not have a good game.
He’s been getting the plaudits at Roma so far this season for his defending in Italy, and that’s made Newcastle fans believe sending him out on loan for the season and leaving the team with just three experienced center-backs, was another poor decision by the club.
But Mapou didn’t look good last night, although we also have to realize Roma were up against one of the best club sides in Europe in Bayern Munich.
Robert Lewandowski beats Yanga-Mbiwa to score with header
But it reminded us of the home game in April of 2013, when we were hammered at home by Liverpool 6-0 and Newcastle were 2-0 down after only 17 minutes and didn’t bother turning up, including Yanga-Mbiwa, who played the whole game that day for Newcastle.
We had three games left in that season and managed to draw at West Ham and win at QPR, before losing at home to Arsenal, so we just managed to avoid relegation.
Mapou had some good games for Newcastle, but he also had games when he seemed way out of his depth – and last night was one of those games for Mapou at Roma.
Maybe Alan Pardew even knew what he was doing when he allowed him to go out on loan for the season?
What do you think?
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