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.
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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