Mapou – ‘I Came To Play And Fight For Newcastle’
It is quite bizarre after how paper thin the Newcastle squad has looked for most of this season, that at the minute we now have a player on the bench who captained his side to win a league title last season, is a current French international and has played Champions League football this season.
Yes this is the case currently for Mapou Ynaga-Mbiwa who is yet to start a Premier League match but who looked very classy at right-back against FC Metalist Kharkiv.
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Thankfully we aren’t seeing any histrionics from Mapou and like all of the other recent imports at the moment he is saying all the right things about Newcastle United, here is what he had to say to The Journal;
“It has been a while since I played a full ninety minutes but I came to Newcastle to play and fight for the team. I want to continue to progress personally and to keep learning.
Playing ninety minutes on Thursday was important for me in that respect but it will also help to keep me on my toes if I’m called upon in the Premier League. I know if that happens I’ll need to be solid defensively and playing against Kharkiv will help me do that”.
The likes of Sissoko and Mapou have made clear that one of the attractions of Newcastle is that compared to certain other teams they could potentially have joined, there is an expectation of first team football.
It is great to see though somebody of Mapou’s profile not kicking off because he isn’t instantly in the team, though obviously I’m guessing it would be a different case if that was still the position next season.
He looks a great signing and showed his versatility on Thursday at right-back, plus he has also played in front of the back four over in France for Montpellier.
If the Europa League serves no other purpose this season then what it has done is show that our squad players weren’t strong enough to take the strain while at the same time helped to give us our first proper look at a player like Mapou who could prove a real quality signing.
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