Alan Pardew’s desire to flog Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is worrying

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in action for Newcastle United

It is not often that a Ligue 1 winning captain would turn down Champions League football to aid a battle against Premier League relegation with Newcastle United. However, that is exactly what Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa did when he left Montpellier to join the Toon. In a reported £8.5m move, the 25 year-old signed the dotted line on a cold January afternoon at Benton with the hope of becoming a leading star in Newcastle’s back four. 37 appearances later, manager Alan Pardew is looking offload France international for a reduced fee with plenty of French clubs eager to take him. Of course such a defender would have plenty of suitors - after all, he captained a league winning side, has represented France on 3 occasions to date, and likely has his best years as a defender in front of him. The intent on behalf of NUFC to rid themselves of Mbiwa - who is well reported to be an absolute professional both on and off the pitch - is alarming to say the least.

Such a case would be less worrying if Yanga-Mbiwa had a terrible time since joining, but that is not true, because sadly, Mapou has had little chance to show his worth in a Newcastle United shirt. When he has played, it has often been out of position - a recurring theme with Mr. Pardew.

However, when placed at centre-back, Mbiwa has been sublime . Performances against Chelsea and indeed Tottenham last season showed why Mike Ashley had indeed dished out his biggest fee on a player since the arrival of Fabricio Coloccini. There is no doubting that the Frenchman has looked a little frail at times, but he needs/needed time to settle in the Premier League. Only regular games will ensure this, something that has no happened.

It can be easy to blame a player for failing to adapt to the English way after a big money move, but the truth is, the coaches at Newcastle United have a lot to answer as well. It is their job to ensure a smooth transition from foreign football to the Premier League. Obviously, this has no happened - and the defensive coaches, alongside Pardew deserve blame. As with both sides of the argument, there is only so much a player can do to adjust on his own.

For anyone who follows me on Twitter, they will know that I think the idea of selling Yanga-Mbiwa is a complete joke. The manager should have gone a long time before an exit for Mapou had ever been considered. There is no way that the 25 year-old has transformed from a league winning captain to a bang average defender.

The fact that a cash-strapped Marseille have enquired about his availability says it all.

Worrying is just one word for this debacle.

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Robledo: ⏱ 06/06/2014

You obviously haven't seen this lad play, he is way out of his depth in the prem.

Paulgib1965: ⏱ 06/06/2014

Typical toon fan...slag the lad off..Mbiwa is a quality player who certainly would come good...i bet you wanted rid of Colo that first season as well....i despair at some of our fans at times

Doocey: ⏱ 06/06/2014

I think you pretty much hit the nail on the head with part of your comment - I haven't seen the lad play enough, that's the biggest problem in this saga!

street23: ⏱ 06/06/2014

Big difference between colo at the beginning and mbiwa. Why do people think they know more than the professionals who watch him train day in, day out?

Keith S: ⏱ 07/06/2014

Unfortunately the lad lacks a vital ingredient for a defender - he cannot head the ball !

killashley: ⏱ 11/06/2014

still think he's a keeper, colo isnt getting any younger and taylor seems like he's on his way out. Surely the lad can improve....!