Confirmed this afternoon that Newcastle United have sold Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

The defender played the 20th match on Sunday of his successful loan spell at AS Roma and this triggered an automatic permanent transfer, for a fee said to be around £5.5m in total, including the loan payment already agreed.

However, interesting to see that a table has appeared showing details of the best ball playing defenders this season, the criteria was the accuracy of passing and players had to have played at least ten matches and played in one of Europe’s top five leagues (England, Italy, France, Germany, Spain).

The Squawka website has produced the following table pf the top ten;


You may be interested to know that other players featuring out of all the defenders in the five leagues are Steven Taylor (Ranked 40th with 88% accuracy), Fabricio Coloccini (Ranked 65 with 86% accuracy), Mike Williamson (Ranked 133 with 83% accuracy), Paul Dummett (Ranked 361 with 75% accuracy). Guessing that Dummett’s games at left-back bring his accuracy down with full-backs playing more forward balls when under pressure.