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Yanga-Mbiwa set for Toon bow

Newcastle United defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has revealed he is ready to start his Premier League career on Tuesday against Aston Villa.

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Yanga-Mbiwa, 23, was one of four new French signings at St James' Park last week, and with the Magpies just two points above the relegation zone, the former Montpellier defender is keen to begin contributing to the first team.

"The Premier League and the French League are two very different leagues. It is quite logical that at the beginning you have to adapt," he told the Evening Chronicle.

"But I've followed the league and the teams in the last few years and learned as much I could. I will be able to anticipate what will happen in games.

"I am confident we will settle in quickly and adapt. The hard work starts straight away. We must climb the table quickly then look at other targets for the future.

"My best position is central defence. If they want me to help out in other positions I can. One of my objectives was to come to a massive Premier League club. Newcastle is that club now.

"I hope that can also help me develop in the French team. It is great that there are players at Newcastle who are playing at the top level in France."

Speaking before the Villa match, Pardew confirmed that former Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko will definitely start against Paul Lambert's men.

He said: "[Sissoko] is Premier League ready, it's the signing I'm most excited about."

With a number of critics lamenting Newcastle's Gallic transfer policy including Gerard Houllier and Steed Malbranque, Pardew revealed that shopping outside of the British Isles has become a necessity for a club like Newcastle.

"It's not where we want to go," Pardew told BBC Newcastle. "We want to make our own players, but the truth is the players from the academy we put in haven't produced.

"I'm hoping it's too early for them, and that Sammy [Ameobi] and Shane Ferguson, James Tavernier and Adam Campbell come through. They need to, because we can't keep buying players."


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