All five Frenchmen who arrived in January showed us they can all play a bit, but their form was up and down, as they tried to come to terms quickly with the much quicker and more physical Premier League – and maybe that was to be expected.
Massadio Haidara – this lad has an excellent attitude
It all started so well with two successive wins at Aston Villa and at home to Chelsea, but then reality set in and we struggled mightily in the final six games of the season, when we picked up a meager 5 points.
And as we had said earlier if we could have accumulated 11 points in those final six games, we’d have finished 9th top instead of 5th bottom.
But we didn’t and ended up just above the relegation zone. 🙁
Massadio Haidara made a good start to his Newcastle career, although he suffered a couple of injuries in the four months he’s been on Tyneside.
This is what the 20 year-old had to say in the Newcastle Journal today:
“I hope it will help to have a summer behind us,” “I hope it will be a bit easier for us than it was in January, when we had to get used to English football very quickly.”
“Obviously it was up to me and the team to get used to it as quickly as we could, which was tough because there was already a squad and a team in place.”
“It was always going to be difficult to come straight into that, especially in the Premier League.” “Now we have started to get used to it and how things work in England, so it is up to us.”
“We must continue to work and graft and move on from there.”
All five Frenchmen have great attitudes, and seem to love it at the Tyneside club, but their form next season will largely determine how well we do in the league.
The very last thing we want is to be struggling against relegation again, and if that does happen, it could be goodbye to Alan Pardew and the coaching staff.
But we are fairly confident the lads will do very well next season, when our squad should be a lot stronger than last season.
What do you think?
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