Massadio Haidara, the 20 year-old French U21 left back, seems to have settled in well since arriving in January for £2M from Nancy.
Massadio Haidara – played 8 times for Newcastle last season
And Newcastle fans have already taken to the youngster, after he received that terrible tackle from Callum McCallum, which went completely unpunished by the referee during the game, and be the FA after the game.
Luckily for Massadio, he was not badly injured and he returned to the team after a few weeks recovery, but in the last few games of the season, he had a slight hamstring pull and wasn’t risked by manager Alan Pardew.
This is what Haidara said in the Newcastle Journal today:
“We have not had a team meeting to set out the objectives for next season yet but my own personal hope for the team is the top six,” “I think that we have the qualities to do that and I know many of the other players feel the same. “
Obviously we will sit down in the summer after the season finishes to discuss what our aims and hopes but we should be aiming for that, in my opinion.”
“We are a big enough club to be fighting for a top six place and Europa League.” “It’s been an excellent start for me,” “The end of the season hasn’t been that great.”
“I have picked up a few knocks here and there but overall if I look back it’s been a really fantastic experience for me. My settling-in process has gone from good to even better to be honest, and hopefully next season I can step up and really push on.”
“I will head back to France this summer, see my family and friends. I want to look after myself and rest up to make sure I get up to top form. After a break I want to come back very strong.”
Haidara will find it difficult to get in at left back next season, because Italian Davide Santon and fellow Frenchman Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa are ahead of him the in the pecking order, and Mapou showed in the last few games he can be a top left back.
In fact it’s going to be interesting to see which position the 23 year-old former Montpellier captain plays for Newcastle next season, as he has already played in every position along the back four.
Massadio was brought in for the future, but the lad has already shown he’s a top talent and will only get better at Newcastle.
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