Massadio Haidara has been interviewed by the Newcastle Journal today, and he talks about not seeing any problems at all in the Newcastle squad since he signed on in late January.
Massadio Haidara – made a good start to Newcastle career
The Daily Telegraph famously reported that the squad was in disarray after a number of poor results, but that report was quickly denied by the higher-ups at the club.
And Derek LLambias banned the Daily Telegraph reporters from St. James’ Park until an apology and retraction were received – which hasn’t happened – yet.
But in retrospect it appears the Telegraph report was way off the mark, and the team spirit at Newcastle seems to be as good as it’s ever been, and it would have been tested over those last six games of the season, when we picked up only 5 points, and lost at home to Sunderland, Liverpool and Arsenal and conceded 10 goals in those games. 🙁
Those last six games, after we were eliminated from the Europa League by Benfica, is why Newcastle finished so far down the league table last season.
Massadio says there have been no problems at all since he’s been at Newcastle:
“Obviously when some things aren’t going well people will look to create extra problems where they don’t exist. In my experience since I’ve been here, I haven’t seen a single problem – not among the French players, not among anyone. Quite the contrary, we all speak together.”
“It’s normal that you might stick to speaking to people who speak the same language as you, but that doesn’t mean we don’t speak to other people in the group either. I haven’t seen any single problem – we all get on well together, we all like each other. I think that will continue into the future.”
Massadio played eight times for Newcastle since he joined in January for £2M from Nancy, and that number would have been higher if he ha not picked up a couple of injuries.
But the French U21 International has made it clear he wants to be Newcastle’s left back next season, and he will challenge the incumbent – 22 year-old Italian International Davide Santon – for that position.
At least we’ll see some increased competition for places, especially in defense, and we need that after conceding a massive 68 goals in the Premier League last season.
Massadio has quickly become a big hit with Newcastle fans, and his attitude and temperament seem first class – he’s simply a smashing lad.
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