Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa seemed to start his loan spell at Roma in great style and it looked almost certain that Roma would make the deal permanent this month – but that may not happen.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – may get second chance at Newcastle?
If you believe Sky Sport Italia then Mapou has a clause in his contract that says if he played 20 times for Roma then Roma must buy him for £5.5M – the transfer fee agreed at the time of the loan deal.
It’s similar to what Jonas Gutierrez is rumored to have in his contract – that if he plays 200 games for Newcastle then the club must offer him a new deal – but we still don’t know it that’s true.
It would however explain why last season Alan Pardew suddenly stopped playing Jonas in the first team, and we was sent on loan last January to Norwich City.
The same thing may be happening with Mapou at Roma, and when the Italian clubs returned from their winter break, Mapou has not been part of the starting eleven at Roma, and hasn’t been brought on as a substitute either.
Mapou has so far played 17 times for Roma – 12 times in Serie A and 5 times in Europe.
The Italian press are reporting that Roma are wary of allowing Mapou to play 20 games, so that they don’t trigger the clause in his contract,.
But this is all a little bit stupid, and if Roma don’t want to play Mapou and have no intention of signing him on a permanent deal – and even more importantly will not play him – then the loan deal should be terminated and he can return to Newcastle.
It just so happens that Steven Taylor is out for the season – and Mapou could add some depth to the central defense choices we have through the end of the season.
That would work for Newcastle and if Remi Garde gets the job as the new head coach at Newcastle – then maybe Mapou will be given another chance at Newcastle?
It’s a possibility.
Alan Pardew was not involved in getting the Frenchman into the club, and wasn’t too keen to play him either, but that could all change if Remi Garde becomes our new head coach.
What do you think?
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