Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa: Newcastle United's saviour?
The versatile centre-back will bring Newcastle United clear of relegation danger
Newcastle United's latest signing, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, has everything it takes to be a top player in the Premier League.
The 23-year-old defender will add some steel to the Magpies' defensive line, with Alan Pardew's side having struggled this season.
Yanga-Mbiwa joined from Montpellier on January 22 after six seasons spearheading Montepellier's success. He joins an ever-growing list of French players at St. James' Park, with compatriots Mathieu Debuchy and Hatem Ben Arfa already plying their trade in the north east of England.
Quick, aggressive and versatile, the former Ligue 1 winner seems to have it all. His speed and tactical awareness means he can play anywhere along the back four, which could have been a deciding factor in Pardew's decision to bring the former French U21 international to the club. Yanga-Mbiwa even found himself running the midfield at times for Montpellier, most notably in a Champions League encounter against Arsenal, and he didn't look out of place either.
Overall, his physical attributes will be a great asset for a struggling Newcastle side, whilst his mental toughness should ensure that the Magpies steer clear of the relegation zone before too long. From what I've seen, Newcastle have made a very smart acquisition. With reports suggesting club captain Fabricio Coloccini wants to leave for personal reasons, the addition of Yanga-Mbiwa for a modest £6.7 million is an astute piece of business by the club.
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