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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa Photo Special – What Have Newcastle United Done To Him?

8 years ago
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Have a look at the four photographs of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa below.

The first is of Mapou when he was captain of Ligue 1 title winning side Montpelier.

The second is of our centre-back on duty with France in February 2013.

The third is last season in action for Newcastle.

Then finally, turning out for United this time around.

What on earth has happened?!!!

We bought somebody who was an up and coming star in France, a young player who had captained an unfashionable French club to the Ligue 1 title and who arrived as a real athlete and commanding presence.

Look at him in these last two photos after spending time at Newcastle, never mind not looking the same player in terms of the standard of his play, he doesn’t even look the same person physically!

There is much talk about all the hi-tech evaluation Newcastle United use to monitor their players, well you don’t even need bathroom scales to tell you that the club have allowed him to go backwards in terms of his physique and athleticism – no wonder he is struggling on the pitch.

I really worry about the state of the club, we have seen things turn to a shambles on the pitch without the gloss that players such as Cabaye and Remy can paint over the mess.

However, behind the scenes the club looks an absolute joke and when there isn’t even the discipline and professionalism to keep players in the best physical condition then what hope have we got?

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