What’s Happened To This Newcastle Player?

Massadio Haidara was injured at the beginning of  pre-season, so that’s why he didn’t appear in any of the friendly games Newcastle played, but we have still seen no sign of him, even in the Newcastle U21 side, and we wonder if  the lad is still injured.

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Massadio Haidara – in training earlier this summer

Massadio joined Newcastle in January from Nancy for around £2M, and he is a French U21 International and highly rated, so it’s a little bit of a mystery what his situation is at the moment.

With Paul Dummett playing so well in the summer, and now the logical replacement for Davide Santon  if the Italian gets injured or hits a run of poor form, Massadio may not get many games on Tyneside.

Massadio was the victim of that terrible tackle at Wigan on March 17th by Callum McManaman, which could have even ended his career, but no action was taken by either the referee during the game, or the FA after the game.

But since then the FA has altered its rules so if a future incident like this one occurs, they can take retroactive action,  and that’s a good move.

So it could be that Massadio will be one of the players who goes out on loan at least until January, so he can get some games under his belt, which is what he needs to develop.

Alan Pardew should be holding a press conference tomorrow for the game at St. James’ Park against Hull City on Saturday, a game we must have a decent chance of winning, so maybe we will find out what’s happened to the 20 year-old Frenchman.

Any ideas?

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59 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Sep 18, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Ibiza…I always find it kinda funny when someone at Newcastle is leaking transfer roumours in early September 😉 lol

  • Pokat

    Sep 18, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Heard somewhere he relapsed on the mcnackerman injury. Shame he looked better than santon at one point.

    Repost as Timing is everything in this game eh –

    If true Geordietwo, that Mag article backs up what I have been saying about the Ashley approach to Nufc business. Its percentages and still looking for a way out. No spending while he is owed money. No loans as there is no requirement for ambition. Tread water until he can sell us on and he can get back to turning over faster money. Any talk about getting him to give one about us is absolutely futile. Its not pessimism its the reality. Cutbacks in the media dept makes absolute sense as he has no desire or requirement to communicate.

    I had a Toondarnsarf waving his sparkly pink fairy dust wand over Mikes rep lol what a load of flannel. He’s a predatory opportunist just deal with it stop sugaring it up like we mean something to him. And do us a favour, the devil doesn’t want or need a spokesman ha ha.

  • dcdick

    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Pardew out !!!

  • John Tudor

    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #4

    pardew bashers are still hear
    its clear what pardew knows of tactics is written on a pin head with a windy pic/or scribbled on a bit paper stuffed into his back pocket
    no doubt he will be found wanting in time

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Jesper…You have a sick sense of humour mate 😉

  • tbpierrot

    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #6

    As far as his usefulness in the squad is concerned, I thoroughly believe he can compete with Dummett as our backup left back. Alternatively, he could be given a chance to prove if he can be useful at right back – we have nobody who can stand in for Debuchy if he is injured or loses form, and if Mathieu begins to look shaky in defence again, Haidara might provide a useful alternative. Does anybody know if he has history playing in any other positions?

  • kt97toonarmy

    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #7


    Pardew has had a decent start to the season with no financial backing. What more do u want from him

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #8

    tbpierrot…Not sure if Haidara has, but Santon has been used on the right before, so he could swap over and have Dummett or Haidara going on the left.

  • Spoof

    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #9

    What is interesting about the Mag article is where it states that Ashley thought Gomis was over-priced, Ashley is not a scout nor does it seem that he has any great knowledge of football, so someone had to tell him that Gomis was not worth the money, now that wouldn’t have been Pardew because Pardew wanted him, and that wouldn’t have been Carr either because Carr would have recommended him, so what is JFK’s role at the club, just a thought ?

  • gonufc (Release the Hatem Bomb)

    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Always been impressed with Haidara when he’s come on. His crossing has also looked good.

    P.s. £35 for a t shirt?!?! Are you mental?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza…I would just like to know who at Newcastle has told some newpaper that we are interested in Lennon? 🙂

    …the window has just closed more or less and everyone know we don’t know who to sign before the transfer window is almost over lol

  • Spoof

    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #12


    the chances are nobody told the papers, they don’t need information to right rubbish in what would have been an empty space it their paper.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Spoof…that was what I thought 😉

  • toon kk

    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #14

    People often bash Pardew, although alot of his decisions have to be questioned. After Ba left we just couldn’t score. Lets hope we don’t get injuries to key players because the rest just aren’t good enough and it won’t matter what Pards does if we cant score we won’t win.

  • Spoof

    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #15


    then again it might have been Ibiza, you know how he likes to wind people up ?

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Say what now?!?

    Spoof, that hurts 🙂 As for JFKs role…I struggle to believe Ashley would pay someone to simply talk him out of spending money…he needs little help there!

    The Gomis “deal” makes absolutely zero sense to me. Can’t even begin to understand what it was about tbh other than simply going through the motions to appease the fans…and what a fine job!

    Jesper…As with any transfer rumour at any time of the year….next.

  • check the toastie

    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Whilst Aliens continue to possess Pardews body things are looking good,

    Throwing the ball out to defenders….
    Picking Inform Players……..
    Continuing to Attack whilst in front…..
    Putting players in their correct positions….

    What’s next Percy stopping the excuses on why we were so shite last season, and accepting some responsibility himself.

    Surely Not.

    On the previous article – we have a great squad and I wish Laudrup was in charge of it, that would be great, just great.

  • check the toastie

    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Rumour has it they even play two touch football in training now, and work on attacking play.

    Thinking outside the box, is the Alien Abductee ALF Pardew.

    ALF = Alien Life Form

  • workyticket

    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #19

    ” it’s a little bit of a mystery what his situation is at the moment…”

    Haidara’s been out with a knee injury.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #20

    It does seem a bit of a mystery that Pardew is suddenly doing all the right things . Maybe Kinnear isn’t the director of “fu*k all” after all and is helping Pards out ? .

  • Pokat

    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Two things stand out for me in the last couple of performances, Hatem is stalking the box now rather than trying to walk it in himself from the halfway line, he still likes a jinky now and then but he’s much closer and seemingly better positioned than our striker Cisse – ooer missus.

    2nd Pards subs have been spot on

  • Toonbyblood

    Sep 18, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #22

    REally interesting article in the Guardian about the birth of “total” football.

    “In 1872 a decision was taken that changed football forever, and that would have a major bearing on Wednesday’s Champions League meeting between Barcelona and Ajax. The Scotland team, all of whom were drawn from the Queen’s Park club, looked at the England side they were about to meet in the first ever football international and, realising their opponents were on average over a stone a man heavier than they were, resolved not to engage in the dribbling and charging game that had been prevalent until then, but to pass the ball and keep it away from the English. The tactic was a resounding success: Scotland had the better of a goalless draw and the possession game was born.”

    Goes on to mention it coming to Newcastle in the early 20th century.


  • croftus5678

    Sep 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #23

    hairdryer a great player but he was bought for the dev squad tbf !

    we forget how young some of our first teamers are tbh and if we rate them highly now i cant wait to see them in there prime !

  • check the toastie

    Sep 18, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Nice article ToonbyBlood –

    Watching fantasy football show on sky earlier Eden Hazard picking his favourite ever 11. Players he has played with.

    The lad is pretty gifted for sure, he put Debuchy and cabaye in his best eleven, would be great if these two have an injury free season with benny, if they do hopefully we will do some good things.

    All those nobbers giving Debuchy a hard time a couple of games ago, need to give their head a serious shake, the lad is a super player. enjoy these players lads, we have a super squad.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 18, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #25

    Have you been taking Prozac ?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 18, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #26

    Haidarra will get his chance when we sell Dummet to Real Madrid for £86 million and if Santon is keeping Dummet out he must be worth £100 million and Ben Arfa is worth…

  • John Tudor

    Sep 18, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #27

    more like rittlelin

  • Pokat

    Sep 18, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #28

    Mr Toastie was it fun at the dentists? 🙂

  • wolfshead@toon

    Sep 18, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #29

    ronny must be worth 100 mill seeing as he is prob no1 in the world now

  • Rooster

    Sep 18, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #30

    Gignac, looks a real top player for Marseille.

  • Rooster

    Sep 18, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Dummet is a better defender than Santo, and going forward not much between them, Dummet puts a terrific cross in as well. and quicker.

  • Rooster

    Sep 18, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Arsenal very good first eleven and a couple of others then they are stretched!! like us but on a higher level, they have the bit to spend its a travesty for their fans also, they could really push for the title with three more quality players, we could push seriously for top 6 with the same, I still say mid table finishes suits MA (how much money does a man want or need????)

  • wolfshead@toon

    Sep 18, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #33

    ashley likes minimum outlay and maximum returns which might work in retail only get you going in circles in football

  • check the toastie

    Sep 18, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #34

    Rooster – the main difference between us and Arsenal is that they have a manager who doesn’t have to rely on bodysnatchers to get his side to play decent stuff.

    Wenger is a stubborn arrogant annoying footballing purist, who time after time gets his team playing great stuff. Pardew is well errrrrr, Pardew I suppose. A loser basically.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Sep 18, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #35


    keep your hate in check till we lose a game lol

  • toonthompson

    Sep 18, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #36

    Hiadara has been injured and has been training alone. He said on his twitter he is back soon though

  • toonking

    Sep 18, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #37

    well I was thinking those anti pardew’s were now gone but some are still here.

    so check and any other pardew basher, CHELSEA 1-2 BASEL

    on a poor run in the league looking poor at home to basel.

    he won the Europa league they finished 3rd

    pardew simply had chaos with injuries last season that was why players were everywhere.

  • John Tudor

    Sep 18, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #39

    missed clueless favourite playing tactic less know nowt

  • p

    Sep 18, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #40

    well it’s early days with respect to mourinho

    on Pardew, I think everyone appreciates that he was hindered by key injuries last season and could not step up to Thursday/Sunday schedule.

    Even if he was backed by more signings last summer, I am not sure he would have fared much better. It’s more about the prep than players being tired. Chelsea used their players more than us last season.

    I think the 5th place the season before was a bit of luck to be honest. Pardew with our existing squad is a mid to upper table team (but outside top 6).

    Disruption like key injuries and/or European competition plays havoc with that though. For sure our squad is thin.

    Time will tell but, notwithstanding a big injury list or sensational signings in Janaury, expect to finish around 8th in my opinion.


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