Massadio Haidara came on for an injured Davide Santon after 56 minutes last night, and he got the nod over local lad Paul Dummett, who was also on the bench last night, and if Santon is not available for the game at Old Trafford on Saturday, it seems the 20 year-old Frenchman will get his first Premier league start of the season.
Massadio Haidara – in action last night
And we have no doubts that Massadio can already do a job for Newcastle in the first team, and he could be the future Newcastle first team left back in a year or so, and of course he is naturally left footed, is a good defender, and can also bomb down the wing on attack.
Massadio has had a tough season with injury but he talked on the Newcastle web-site after the game, and said he was just happy to get on:
“I am very happy I was on the pitch because it has been a long time since I played in the Premier League. My last game was in April,” “But at the same time I am angry because we lost the game.”
“We wanted to win and everyone is disappointed.” “The fans were brilliant again, even though it was not the result that anyone wanted.” “It was a long journey for them and it was very cold.”
“They came to support the team and the least I can do is give them my shirt.” “Hopefully on Saturday we can make them happier.”
It could even be in Alan Pardew’s best interests to give Massadio a game on saturday – even if Davide is fit – because he needs to give some of the other players a game, as the season goes on.
Newcastle get right back on track with a win on Saturday – but Old Trafford is a place we haven’t won at since 1972 – so we are due a win there – maybe on Saturday.
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