Newcastle United’s young defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will bolster up a team presently lacking in confidence. Here are five facts about the sought-after £6.7m rated centre-back.
The Frenchman was and still is captain of last season’s Ligue 1 title winning side Montpellier. Yanga-Mbiwa came up through the ranks at his first and only club and has clearly shown that he has what it takes to be a strong leader, even at such a young age.
Although born in the Central African Republic, he has lived in France most of his life, playing for the U21s and going on to gain 3 caps for the senior side. Still just 23-years-old, he has plenty of years ahead of him to make an impact for club and country.
His main position is centre-back, but can be played anywhere across the back four. The Magpies don’t have much cover in the full-back positions – with Davide Santon the only recognised Premiership-level left-back and Danny Simpson set to leave at the end of the season due to the arrival of Mathieu Debuchy and the fact that the former Manchester United man is out of contract in 6 months – so Yanga-Mbiwa would be much-needed.
He is known as a tall, strong and commanding defender. He would suit the English Premiership perfectly and with the possible departure of Fabricio Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa would be a like-for-like replacement. The fact that he is French could be great for team spirit with many of his countrymen already at the club.
He has been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AC Milan recently, which gives an indication of the standard of player he is. If Newcastle were to capture their target, it would be a great addition. He is destined for the top could do great things at St James’ Park, starting by saving them from relegation.