Time For Newcastle Fans To Find Another Scapegoat?
There is no denying it, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (MYM) has not exactly settled on Tyneside since his arrival.
He has shown on several occasions that he was struggling with the speed of the game in the Premier league and the physical nature. He has also looked completely at sea sometimes; his positioning, his awareness, both seemed lost on him.
This is a guy who arrived at our club with so much promise and potential. He had just captained Montpellier to their first ever Ligue 1 title, and he had rave reviews from everyone who had something to say. The guy is a French international defender, confirming what we thought when we bought him… this boy can play.
As we all know, it hasn’t quite happened for Mapou this season. However, I do not believe that it is a good idea to get rid of him.
When people hear Mapou’s name, they think of that disastrous Everton game. However, not long after that game, Captain Colo was injured and this brought together Mike and Mapou for a brief amount of time.
During this period, I felt much more confidence in Mapou, Mike had managed to control him and get the Frenchman playing some proper football. For a moment in time, Mapou looked like the defender we had thought we had bought. I felt that Mike and Mapou perfectly complemented each other. Mike was the no nonsense defender, he gets rid of the ball as quickly as possible, no messing. Mapou played the more footballing role, being the pace man when required, and playing the passes to create opportunities going forward. Mapou was basically playing the Colo role, and I for one thought he did well.
This led me to think that maybe Mapou and Colo are not well suited to play together, because they are too similar, they like to actually play football, unlike Mike.
However, I do not see this as a good enough reason to get rid of Mapou. He just needs time to adjust and get used to playing one position (don’t keep playing him all across the back four).
Also, Colo wants to leave at the end of his contract, so maybe we keep Mapou and get him playing, and he could be the new Colo (hopefully better, a Colo 2.0).
I don’t know many Newcastle fans who want to keep Mapou, but I for one can see the potential he has.
He needs game time, a proper coach and some faith in him from the management team.
He could be a Newcastle legend, or if we are cynical, he could become good enough for us to make a profit on him in a year’s time.
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