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Pardew Explains Absence Of Newcastle’s Star Youngsters

3:25 pm, Thursday, July 25th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 29 Comments

We wondered initially why Massadio Haidara was missing from the initial group of 23 players that Alan Pardew took on the week-long training camp to Portugal, but it looks like he was nursing a knock, and needed more fitness training.

massadio haidara boxing

Massadio beating up on a Newcastle coach

And Gael Bigirimana had only just returned to Newcastle, after representing the England U20 side at the World Championships in Turkey – but we finished bottom of the group (again) but Bigi was hardly used – so if you don’t use your best players what do you expect?

But it looks like both lads could be participating on Sunday afternoon (3:00 pm kick off time) when Newcastle will take on Blackpool at Bloomfield Road in the 4th friendly game of the season – although that first half at Pacos de Ferreira was anything but friendly.

Both lads are budding stars for Newcastle, and Haidara has already said his target this season is to displace Davide Santon from the left-bank position in the first team – but Santon looked pretty good in Portugal.

england U20 world cup side - turkey 2013

Bigirimana is 3rd from the left in the front row

And Gael Bigirimana had a very good first season on Tyneside, and played 25 times with a great goal against Wigan, and if he progresses this season like  he did last season, he could be pushing for a starting place in the team next year – we think he’s that good.

We hope he’s that good.

Haidara did make the training camp at Braga over the weekend, as he had caught up on some of his training at Benton, and he’s seen above taking his frustrations out on a Newcastle coach. :D

Alan Pardew talked about the two players in the Chronicle today:

“Bigi’s a player we’ve got high hopes for, but he’d literally walked through the door before the team left for Portugal.” “We thought it was fair he stayed with the U-21s.” “With Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote, it was going to be difficult for him to get a game.”  “I’d rather he played and see how does.” “He didn’t get much action with England’s U-20s, so he needs game time.”

“Massadio improved quicker than we thought. We didn’t think he could do anything last week.” “All my best medical care was in Portugal, so I decided to bring him out. We got some good work into him.”

It seems that it’s neck and neck between Massadio Haidara and local lad Paul Dummett as to who gets the chance to challenge Davide Santon this season for the left-back spot.

And there cannot be much between these two lads at the moment, and whoever doesn’t stay on Tyneside will be sent out on loan, probably to a Championship club, to get first team experience there – and plenty of clubs will be interested in taking either of these lads on loan.

Massadio and Gael are two of the most promising youngsters at Newcastle these days, and we hope to see both of them get an outing at the seaside on Sunday..

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Tags: Gael Bigirimana · Massadio Haidara · Newcastle News · Newcastle U21 · Newcastle Youth


29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 WWYCD // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Cisses back in from the cold! Hopefully anyway now lets get him some new friends signed!! Howay keep the good news rolling

  • 2 rainrix // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Not commenting as in 2 seconds we’re going to have a new article about cisse.


  • 3 Indian Magpie // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    NUFC resign Cisse

  • 4 viv // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Has Remy signed?

  • 5 Tinman // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Might have something to do with him staying ;)

  • 6 Mister Tuff // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Indian -why has Cisse resigned or do you mean re-signed. By the way our poem the other day was rubbish.

  • 7 bzak12 // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Pardue reckons striker panic over, with Cisse back on board and Shola like a new signing ‘We’re ready to go!’

  • 8 Mister Tuff // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    error our = your

  • 9 IITianToon // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    @Ibiza mate, how quickly moods swing on here
    if Remy and Gomis sign, and Shola is moved on, imagine the hysteria and #didntitellyouso posters.

  • 10 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Glad that’s finally resolved now we can get on and concentrate on getting some signings in!

  • 11 check the toastie // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    More likely Shola stays and we sign nobody – imagine the hysteria#intheknownobber

  • 12 LooneyToon41 // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    SSNews now reporting Cisse agrees to wear Wonga strip.
    @5. Tinman. I’d agree to wear a onesie, for 1 hour with her!!!
    Ok… i say an hour, but that includes foreplay, a few beers and a fry up.

  • 13 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Ed’s slowing down! Or maybe he didn’t have that result drafted!

  • 14 Ibizatoon // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    IITian…Are you suggesting that people will suddenly be in a better mood if we sign a player or two and all of a sudden all those other things that are currently the end of the world issues wont be so important?

    I struggle to believe the blog could be so fickle…mind you, I struggled to believe that JK was back so there you go….

  • 15 Ibizatoon // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    check…It’s been a while. How was the goodbye Danny Simpson party? Have you recovered yet?

  • 16 Rake // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Do you reckon the club were just like so you like to gamble and Cisse said.. Err I’ll see you on monday morning for training…

  • 17 Markaccus // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM


    Cisse would skip the fry up. He isn’t alowed to eat bacon :D

    Imagine if our shirt sponsor was a pork butcher!

  • 18 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    If course people will be in a better mood mate!
    Don’t think it’s fickle to want to go into the season seeing the squad strengthened like

  • 19 Tinman // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Easy to forget how good HBA actually is since he hardly plays.

    From 0:37 to 0:47 – if that doesnt make you laugh I dont know what will. Bet I was furious at the time

  • 20 Markaccus // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    We wouldnt be able to have any jewish players either…..

  • 21 Ibizatoon // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Tads…I get that, just a little tongue in cheek comment really. Seems everything is a downer at the minute, understandably so I guess, but if things are really so bad, does a player or two really make that much difference or is it more a case of papering over the cracks?

  • 22 bzak12 // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Bet that’s why we’ve had no signings yet, our hero Jokin-ear has been sorting out the Cisse dispute What a guy!

  • 23 Tinman // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Markaccus, Rake, keep it up haha

  • 24 gus3232 // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    great news about cisse,now lets hope he doesnt think we have enough strikers with shola scoring 2 friendly goals,can see it now,pardew happy with newcastle strikeforce

  • 25 plana // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Let us all rejoice at the return of the gambling man. Raise your cans of Tadcasters, Newcastle Brown ale to the dream team that is Cisse and Ameobi.

  • 26 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Rumors has it Cisse will wear both the Wonga and the Aspers insignia ;-)

    So Ibiza…Köstritzer?

  • 27 Ibizatoon // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Jesper…Almost there mate…one more thread to go…you can do…zimmerframe at the ready… ;)

    No idea, but will keep an eye out for it

  • 28 plana // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Do you see what i mean Viv?

  • 29 rwpoynter // Jul 25, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Glad your tests are OK Ed, been there ,got the tee shirt. Hope all continues well with you

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