It was good to see Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa called back into the France squad once again today, after he has been playing so well for Roma, while on loan for the season from Newcastle.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in French colors
The 25 year-old had a tough time of things at Newcastle for one and a half seasons, since signing on in January of last year, and he played 46 times for Newcastle, so he got a number of games.
But for whatever reason Mapou’s form was up and down, and in one game he would really look the part, but then in the next game he would be all over the place.
Some have criticized Alan Pardew for not playing him in what he considers his best position – center-back -= but early on it was noticeable that his heading was not a strong point of his game, and there are lots of high balls played into the box in the English game.
But Mapou has shown what a great character he is, by coming back well for Roma, and he had this to say to RMC about his call up again for the National side:
“I am very happy to have been called up. I will give my best if the coach sends me out onto the pitch.” “At Newcastle I was lost, there were too many clouds over me.” “It was a very complicated time, but now I’m back to my best.”
“I need to be a little wary after the injury, but I’m slowly getting back to my best.” “I am very happy with this call-up and it is always a pleasure to be part of the coach Didier Deschamps’ squad.”
“I know that I am here to complete the squad and give of my best. If I get the chance to play I would give it everything I have got for the team.”
Maybe the Italian League suits him a lot better than the Premier League, but there’s very little chance of him ever returning to Newcastle, and even those words above suggest it would be hard to think he wants to return to Tyneside.
The deal at Roma could be made permanent in January or next summer, and Newcastle are expected to get the money back they paid for him to Montpellier – which was around €8M (£6.5M).
Mapou currently has three senior caps for France.
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