One of the surprises Alan Pardew made with his team selection against Sunderland was to play Argentine Jonas Gutierrez at left back – and we thought at the time he was going for experience.
Massadio in pain after that terrible tackle
And since then the Newcastle manager, who has come in for some heavy criticism after the worst defeat by Sunderland since way back in 1979, said he didn;t know how young French left back Haidara would have reacted in such a tense game.
But we expect Massadio Haidara to start at West Brom on Sunday, and he played well last Thursday ion his comeback game against Benifca, before he was replaced in the second half.
The Newcastle manager needs to stop putting square pegs in round holes and the West Brom game now becomes vital as we are still not safe from relegation.
Haidara was the recipiant of that terrible tackle at Wigan from McManaman, and he has said he thought his career may have been over – but he was lucky, and he’s back playing again, and looks as good as ever.
This is what the French U21 International said in the local press today:
“It’s a real pleasure to be back from injury – I really think that my durability will be better now,” “I thought my season was over after what happened at Wigan, but I’m delighted to be able to play again this season.
“The team really needs all of the players available for the last few games, and I’m ready and available to help the team.” “Of course we were very, very disappointed on Sunday,”
“The players, the staff, and everyone at the club are disappointed, because we all know that it was a very important game for Newcastle.”
“We needed the three points, but the first thing we do now is think about the West Brom game.” “We really need to win this game – we want to win it for the fans.”
“If we can do that and stay in the Premier League this season, we will look to end it as high up the table as possible.”
A win is what we need on Saturday, but it will be very tought, although we won there rather easily last season by a score of 3-1.
But the manager, coaches and players are now under the microscope, for an unbelievable result on Sunday, which was completely humiliating for Newcastle fans.
Only a win is an acceptable result on Saturday afternoon, if things are be put right quickly, and we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
Massadio has played 6 times for Newcastle since arriving from Nancy for £2M in January, as one of the best young defenders in France.
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