21 year-old Massadio Haidara was signed last January from Nancy, in what could go down as one of Newcastle’s best transfer windows for a long time, and already three of those signings – Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy and Yoan Gouffran – are starters at the club with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio both pushing hard for a starting position on Tyneside.,
Massadio Haidara in action for Newcastle
And Massadio has said today he has been able to settle in very quickly on Tyneside since his arrival a year ago:
“It’s great to have senior players from your own country around you.” “To be in the same dressing room as Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has been a big help to me.”
“They have helped me settle in England.” “It is difficult when a player comes to England at first but, thanks to the players and the support of the fans, I am enjoying life at the club.”
Haidara is now pushing Italian left-back Davide Santon for the starting left-back position at the club, and he has been given playing time in the last few games by Alan Pardew, and he started at left back in the disastrous FA Cup tie against Cardiff City last Saturday.
The French U21 International can put in some beautiful left wing crosses, which he did on Saturday.
And since arriving at Newcastle, he has played 15 times for the Newcastle first team, and this lad has terrific potential to develop into a top class player for Newcastle in the future – and it’s the not too distant future too.
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