The Newcastle United player has been contradicted by a representative in the French press who claims he 'expected to be in the first team' with The Magpies. Does this sound familiar to Spurs fans in relation to Hugo Lloris?
Wednesday saw Mapou Yanga M’Biwa proclaiming himself settled on Tyneside and looking forward to making an impact for the club. The January signing from Montpellier has been a revelation in France over the last two seasons and he has been signed as an eventual replacement for Fabricio Coloccini when his time at St James Park inevitably comes to an end.
From his comments since arriving to date he sounds like a player who is content with his current role at the club and after impressing against Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League you can see just why Alan Pardew was keen to snap up the Frenchman; who had also been a target for Arsenal and AC Milan.
But on the contrary reports in France on Thursday claim a different tale. So far he has had to play third wheel to Coloccini and the in-form Steven Taylor at the club and according to one of his representatives in an interview with L’Equipe the waiting game is already starting to frustrate him:
"He’s working like crazy. He expected to be in the team. He left to develop. Mapou is not one to complain, to panic. But if he does not play more, he may no longer be one of the four central defenders regularly called up by Didier Deschamps."
So it seems once again that once again a French international is having words put in his mouth by others just a short while after a move to England in regards to the damage benchwarming will do to his international career. Sound familiar to anyone?
The same thing happened when Hugo Lloris arrived at Spurs. The goalkeeper was said to be unhappy by Deschamps himself; a move that incensed Andre Villas Boas. In the end Lloris won his place in the team and has now conceded that inside sitting on the bench frustrated him, and so it should, any professional footballer content with sitting on the bench is getting paid too much or should consider a change in vocation.
Once again it appears people beyond the footballers themselves are stirring things in the French media that are being picked up on over here with negative consequences. M’Biwa will be frustrated at sitting on the bench and Alan Pardew should hope he is; as doing a ‘Winston Bogarde’ and cashing the cheque every month should not be good enough for a player at this level.
He has been here but a month and because there was previous interest in him and due to his lofty status in the national set-up it is unthinkable to some across The Channel that he might just have to bide his time before earning his spurs at the club.
Personally I am sure M’Biwa is happy at the club and just itching to earn a place in the first team; although he did have one complaint about life in England. After living the last few years of his life in the South of France it should not come as a surprise to hear he is not quite enamoured toward the bitter North-East winter.
‘’It's just a little bit cold, perhaps - but I'm starting to get used to it."
Can’t blame you for that one Mapou.
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