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.
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.
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