MAPOU Yanga-Mbiwa will be tasked with leading Newcastle United into the third round of the Capital One Cup.
Yanga-Mbiwa will be handed the captain’s armband at the Globe Arena.
And the move suggests skipper Fabricio Coloccini will be among those rested for the second-round tie against the League Two club.
Yanga-Mbiwa, signed in January, captained former club Montpellier in their Ligue 1 title-winning campaign the season before last.
United manager Alan Pardew is looking to lean on his leadership qualities now he has a grasp of the English language.
“Mapou will captain the team,” Pardew said. “He has those (leadership) qualities, and we want to use them.”