20 year-old Massadio Haidara has already gained a lot fo fans because of the brave way he came though after that terrible tackle at Wigan by Callum McManaman that could have ended his career, yet went completely unpunished by match officials and the gutless FA – and even had the Wigan Chairman foolishly claiming it was a fair tackle.
Massadio Haidara - in pain at Wigan after that knee-high tackle
Newcastle fans quickly got right behind the new arrival from France, and the youngster was sent many messages of encouragement and support from the fans, and he talked at the time of how that helped him in his recovery.
That was the same time fans were also sending messages to the Wigan Cosmos club, after the disgraceful behavior of some of our fans before the Wigan game.
The good, the bad and the ugly – and to think we also lost the game 2-1.
And the amazing thing was that Massadio was playing again a short three weeks later, after thinking his career could even be over, and he finally picked up a hamstring injury which ended his season.
This is some of what Massadio said in the Shields Gazette today:
“I didn’t expect to get so much support from all the people that wrote to me.” “It is true what people say that when you know the fans are on your side it makes you play even better. They left me a lot of messages.”
“It wasn’t just the supporters who were great, it was all the backroom staff and players. They really gave me a lot of strength.” “It gave me plenty of morale and it helped me come back earlier than planned.”
“For me it was a tough time and it was nice to get that help.” “I think I will be stronger for all of my experiences for the new season.”
Haidara seems a great lad, and he has made no bones about wanting to make that left-back spot at Newcastle his own – and will challenge Italian International Davide Santon and French International Yanga-Mbiwa next season for that position.
It’s good to have real competition for places at Newcastle.
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