Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa's agent defends poor performances

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Former Newcastle United defender has struggled after leaving Roma for Lyon.

The agent of former Newcastle United defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has moved to defend his client's poor performances.

Newcastle sold Yanga-Mbiwa to AS Roma last season, but this summer his future took a fresh twist as he was sold to French side Lyon, signing a five year deal, as reported ESPN.

The former Montpellier defender has struggled back in Ligue 1, with Lyon in sixth place, behind unfancied sides Caen and Nice.

His agent Etienne Mendy told newspaper Le Parisien, reported Maxifoot: "We can not say we've seen the best of Mapou.

"We feel that he is finding his bearings. His transfer was not planned. It was a last minute change. When he arrived, he was not not ready in his head.

"A good level player has to adapt, and it has to be very fast. It's normal to have expectations. Mapou has a status. He's someone who wants to adapt, he needs a benchmark game."

Yanga-Mbiwa's brief success at Roma last season was a little perplexing to Newcastle fans who had seen inconsistent performances from the defender at St James' Park across his 46 appearances for the club.

Despite this he could have been useful last season, with Alan Pardew's decision to send him out on loan coming back to bite the club as they struggled badly defensively, especially after John Carver was placed in charge.

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