Newcastle boss Pardew impressed by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa leadership skills
Pardew could hand the Frenchman the captain's armband this season in the absence of Fabricio Coloccini.
Pardew told the Evening Chronicle: "He's a leader.
"That hasn't really come out so far because of the language barrier. But you can see in him why he has been a captain at other clubs.
"And I wanted to reflect that."