Derek Lambias doesn’t give too many interviews, but when he does he gives a lot of them, and he’s been talking about Newcastle five new Frenchmen – and especially about 20 year-old Massadio Haidara – who miraculously escaped serious injury in our last game against Wigan Athletic, after that terrible tackle by Callum McManaman.
Massadio Haidara – he’s a big big player
“Haidara is a big, big addition to us – he’s only 19 but he’s always going to be one of those pushing.” “He’d played 150 games before he came here, he’s a proper player.” “Mapou was captain. They are different quality players and good people too. Debuchy as well.”
“So our back four is looking different – come the summer it will be looking different again.” “Tayls has been outstanding since he’s come back and I’m pleased he got the England opportunity.” “We’re improving in all areas. Sissoko is playing more or less a number 10 at the moment but he’s a star.
“We’re buying good, good players. It’s just a question now of buying well in the summer.”
We don’t want to be too picky, but Massadio turned 20 last December, but of course he would have been 19 when Newcastle were looking at him last year – and as far as we can find out – Haidara played 51 times over the last three seasons at Nancy, after making his professional debut in December, 2010 in a league match against Sochaux.
But we agree with Derek that Massadio’s an excellent player in the making, and he’s already shown that in the five appearances he’s made for the first team, and in his debut in the white-hot Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, he had a superb game at left back.
In fact all five new Frenchman have looked real class in the black and white shirt of Newcastle United.
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