It Will Be A Different Game Without Suarez

Massadio Haidara has made a very good start to his Newcastle career,and the former Nancy left-back has already played 7 times for the Newcastle first team – and he certainly looks a very good player in the making.

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Massadio Haidara – different game without Suarez

Haidara cost £2M from Nancy, after he had played 51 times for the French club, and has already been capped at th France U21 level – he has talked to the Evening Chronicle today.

Haidara thinks things will be a lot easier on Saturday against Liverpool with Luis Suarez missing – and the FA should be announcing a Suarez ban today, for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ibranovic on Sunday, which was bizarre to say the least.

We would expect an eight match ban for the Uruguayan – but we’ll have to wait and see,

This is what the 18 year-old Trappes-born player had to say today about Suarez and the game on Saturday:

“Suarez is the difference for Liverpool.” “I think, without him, they will be a different team.”

“He is clearly the focal point for their attack. They do have other quality players as well, but if he is not playing that will definitely be a positive thing for us.”

Haidara, like the other four new Frenchmen who arrived in January  is quickly adapting to the physical and direct way the game is played in England, and  also getting used to living for the first time in a different country, from that of his birth.

Massadio talked about the difference in the way football is played in France and England:

“It is a completely different style of game.” “In France it is a lot more tactical and defensively focused.”

“Here in the Premier League, it is a lot more attacking.” “It is a box-to-box style of play.” “It is a box-to-box style of play.”

“The focus is on moving forward.” “Playing game after game, I am getting a lot more used to that.”

“It is more physical in the Premier League and there is a lot more involvement on the pitch. I just hope to get better.”

“Games with Liverpool, Chelsea or Man United are the games which whetted the appetite of the French players before they came here.”

The sight of Luis Suarez biting the Chelsea defender brought back memories of the Callum McManaman challenge on Massadio at Wigan.

That’s because we are all wondering what the FA will do about Suarez – since he’s already bitten another player in Holland while at Ajax – and the FA managed to do absolutely nothing about McManaman’s tackle, which could easily have ended the Frenchman’s career.

We had the bizarre sight of both the Wigan manager and owner after the game in March trying to convince people the tackle was fair.

The FA will review their procedures in the summer, so they can take more refractive action in cases like the Haidara injury.

The FA said they couldn’t do anything about McManaman, because one official had witnessed   the tackle,  and didn’t do anything, and therefore the FA didn’t want to referee the game after the fact.

We assume if no official had seen the tackle then  McManaman would have received  a three match ban.

We hope they slam an 8 match ban on Luis today – he deserves it.

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14 comments so far

  • SuperShearer

    Apr 24, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Those assuming Liverpool will be an easy game without Suarez are deluding themselves. Pool are still a quality team that we’ll do very well to get anything from given our recent abject performances compared to their impressive form. The fact remains that if Pardew and the players don’t start closing opposition down better and pressing higher up the pitch we’re in trouble.

  • ichrisho

    Apr 24, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Has anyone seen the Fifa FUT pics on NUFC – Cisse, Collo and Cabaye standing with giant cardboard cut-outs of there card for Ultimate team… Cisse is overall an 82 and Cabaye and Collo are 81… say there were loving that photo…. 🙂

  • wynsleap

    Apr 24, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Suarez would be a big miss for Liverpool and would help our cause somewhat but when you have Sturridge Sterling and Gerrard coming at you there is still plenty of firepower to contend with.
    A returning FIT Colo would be a big boost this week.
    An important game this one if ever there was.

  • ichrisho

    Apr 24, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #4

    NEW STRIP!!! Good or not so good… I like it bar the Wonga name blazoned all over it…

  • Conaldo (The Wizard - Member of the Triangle of Intelligence)

    Apr 24, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Hope this story about a new coach coming in the summer. I like Pardew, but he needs to improve in a lot of areas and fast. Bringing in a new tactically aware coach could help, particularly our attacking, as most of our coaching staff have a defensive history.

  • winnynufc

    Apr 24, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Pards & the board have made mistakes big ones this season, but IMO we will come back stronger for it! SAF took 5 years to get a trophy at Man Utd success for me has to be worked at & i go along with the stability model! For the mistakes i think we should judge Pardew on next season! He knows we need to strengthen & no Europe hopefully with that we should have a good season next year with a trophy would be nice 🙂 HWTL!

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 24, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #7


    Yeah I like it despite Wonga across the front. Bit of a bad omen with the black cats on the sleeve and chest but hopefully they change them to blue or gold

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 24, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Would be great to see some new blood on the coaching team, although I have a feeling one coach might not be enough as carver and stone, although passionate, maybe a bit outdated for the way the game is evolving!

    Liverpool will still be dangerous without Suarez, Sturbridge changed the game for them vs Chelsea and that couthinio lad has been cracking for them

  • ichrisho

    Apr 24, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Black Cats is a tad ominous alright… Lets hope they can maje the Wonga bit a see-through white… 🙂 Not bad though – You cant go wrong with our Black n’ white stripes…

  • treynold1

    Apr 24, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Lads, long time reader first time commenter here.

    Have any of you seen our long ball percentages this year? We’re top out of every premier league team playing on average 10 more long balls per match (other than Fulham)

    We actually pass the ball quite a lot during the game, being roughly the 9th most passing team in the Prem this year. However our long ball percentage is worrying, and goes to show how much we miss HBA, and a ball carrying midfielder in general this year. Although Marvs is good, he is no finished product or HBA.

    There’s the stats in their fullest with the key at the bottom of the photo.

    I am by no means in the ‘pardew out’ camp, however we cannot sustain top flight football (or push for champions league) if we continue like this. I do think a lot of it, although I do love him, is down to Shola and Pard’s usual second half/last 35 mins punt up the field to him.
    Like I said above we need more players to carry the ball and take the game to the opposition, rather than just hoofing it to Shola/Cisse and hoping for the best.

    I’m not sure if it entirely Pards’ tactics, or just players not wanting to step up to the plate and take a bit of responsibility- but either way it needs to change for next season or I can see us being a regular 16th-12th place team.

    Anyway just a thought

  • Greebol1892

    Apr 24, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #11

    …rumour has it that Suarez thought Ivanovic’s arm was actually a pillow….. 😉

  • Ian Toon

    Apr 24, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #12

    treynold -Excellent post, welcome aboard. Make sure you have got a life jacket. I posted on the next article from Ed.

  • toonincheek

    Apr 24, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #13

    An average of 10 long balls per game, one every
    9 minutes, doesn’t seem all that much to me, even
    if it puts us near the top of the stats.

    And – as we are well up there is the passing stats –
    doesn’t that show we vary our tactics more than
    most teams in the PL?

  • treynold1

    Apr 24, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #14


    Even if it is one every 10 mins, it is still more than other teams in the prem. Worryingly maybe in the championship, L1/L2 our play would be more suited, or be more to the average.

    As for the passing stats, it’s hard to say without seeing the passing areas. I think we keep the ball well in our own half and the second third, but in the last third (which requires creative talent, ala HBA) we just hoof it into the box.

    Cheers Ian toon… I’ve got a lifeboat, whistle and a flare at hand!


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