Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to replace Steven Taylor for Newcastle United v West Ham

SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT: Newcastle United's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT: Newcastle United's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

ONE man’s misery is another man’s gain. That adage applies to Newcastle United defenders Steven Taylor and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

With Steven Taylor suspended for his dismissal against Manchester City, Mbiwa will start against West Ham United at St James’s Park tomorrow, with Mike Williamson sidelined through injury.

And Newcastle manager Alan Pardew’s told the 24-year-old to seize his chance in the centre of defence with both hands.

“Willo’s injured - he’ll train on Monday - so there’s no decision (to make),” Pardew said. “Mapou will play with Colo (Fabricio Coloccini).

“Steven’s opened the door with that sending off and Mapou needs to jump through and take it. That’s how the game works.”

Mbiwa started Monday night’s 4-0 defeat against City at left back with Davide Santon short of fitness because of a hip problem.

However, Pardew again has Santon available, and 21-year-old Paul Dummett - who impressed in pre-season - is also pushing for what would be his first Premier League start.

Pardew will be without injured pair Loic Remy (calf) and Jonas Gutierrez (hamstring), while Cheik Tiote is doubtful with a groin strain.