French Star – I Am Enjoying Life At Newcastle


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.,

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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.

What do you think?

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108 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Jan 7, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Had to revert back to mobile site because of fkn videos

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 7, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Haidara is now pushing Right winger Santon for the left back position.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Haidara can’t cross on his natural left foot

    Why are we complaining about haven’t fees? If the news is true and we were willing to offer £9m for Gomis, then what’s wrong with paying his agent £1m

    Agents manage players affairs off the field, investments etc the whole works, with the amount of money banded about for transfers these guys are bound to flourish, stop twisting and pay the fees if the players are good enough, if we don’t pay the agent fees someone else will

    We don’t like giving a lot in wages, we don’t like bidding more than £10m for a player and penny pinch on every transfer, we don’t
    Ike paying agents fees….there’s a pattern here!!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 7, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    wayaman

    from previous

    Got to also consider though agents make money from having more players, so if it’s clear they just exploit them for cash they will get a bad name and have less sign up to them. So they may want to make money but also need to look out for the best player.

    I take if you know that though, must be interesting having a friend on that side of things.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 7, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    I just dont understand how a club can ne made to pay anything. An agents contract is with the player. I suppose the player can ask the club for his agents fee as part of the signing agreement, but it still seems strange.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #6

    markaccus

    That’s it really. It’s part of the deal. Pay the selling club,. play and agent

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #7

    it should be the player who pays the agent as the player is his employee not the buying teams employee !

    i believe this is where gomis was held up before as the agent should be taking a (guess 17%) of a players signing on fee but agents have changed the rule and are blackmailing clubs to pay the agents directly as if the agent holds the players contract when in fact they dont.

    question is do we let agents do this to us and then maybe every agent in the future will attempt the same ?

    i’d love gomis esp as 2mil is a bargain hey even 3mil is a bargain “if it was paid to the contract holder”

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  • Santon03

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #8

    If I buy a house from real estate agent, do I have to pay agent fee or the one who sell the house pay the agent fee?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #9

    croftus

    but we can’t be the only one to stand up, has to come from fifa or eufa at least

    What will happen if you make the agent take a cut of the signing on fee then the player will just ask for a signing on fee to be higher and that will spread across the board.

    I dont mind the agents fees, providing they are good agents working for the player, as a lot are…not ones who force/push a lot of transfers to cash in

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  • Santon03

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #10

    common knowledge is the person who hire the agent is the one who pay for the agent services.
    this is probably why last time the deal fell through, because NUFC don’t want to pay.

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  • Santon03

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #11

    TS

    it depends on the team, some will pay some won’t.
    teams like city, chelsea, etc it’s peanut for them.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    santon

    true…and that’s why it wont change…the big/powerful clubs can afford it and will, also they have power to say to the player, stop this agent asking for 2mil or you wont sign and play for man utd, go somewhere else.

    For me football is crazy money, wages, transfer fees, tv money, ticket prices….agents just want their cut as well. They are no different to anyone else involved with football

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  • Wayayman

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Transfer Sage, totally agree. like I said, as a business it makes perfect sense. As a football fan it grates though… Who was it who said it’s impossible to run a football club like you would run a business? Whoever it was, they’re dead right.

    And although I know this bloke, he’s more of an acquaintance than a mate. Admittedly though it was interesting when i found out he got one of his young (non-first team) players a rise from £500/wk to £8K when he signed for us. He showed me a class picture on his phone of the lad and his entire family larging it up in some posh restaurant eating lobster and drinking champagne when he signed.
    Aaaanyway…. i’m not enjoying this time of year. All this speculation, being linked with every player in France, hundreds of websites pretending to be ITK, getting our hopes up that Shola might be off (instead of just off-side), fears of losing Krul, Cabaye, Colo off home too, waiting for the next bollock that JK drops. It’s all too much so roll on Feb 1st when we can slip back into disillusion again

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #14

    @9 ts

    completely agree with officials should get involved m8 not just for us but for everyone as things are way out of hand now ! look at bale ! with clubs spending like they do how fair is it to lower league clubs to keep the best players or sign better players when bully teams just snatch them.

    and i always thought signing on fee’s where part of a players contract ? it started out many many years ago that in a players contract “if they had one written it at all” they would get 5-10% of the signing fee as a signing on fee ! then somehow clubs bribed players to join them instead of others and offered players x amount direct to the player ! and now its the agents turn lol.

    we should just compensate the whole team where buying a player off as it disrupts team spirit and pay fee’s to the players parents for allowing them to be born >.<

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Since telling the media that Luuk De Jong is our top transfer on Sunday evening I find it disturbing that we still haven’t made a formal offer for the lad, even though I think he’s pants!! We can only speak to the lad once a formal offer has been made

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  • Wayayman

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #16

    The agent thing isn’t set in stone, just like any business people can (within the law) make things up as they go along. For example, I’m a photographer. I pay my agent 20% commission of any jobs they get me. If I’m doing a fashion shoot, the Model Agencies charge the clients 20% PUS they take 20% off the models too. That’s industry standard, but not law. ALL of the agencies do the same, they have an association they belong to who support this idea. THAT is the key, having a unified body behind you. For the football clubs to be able to change how things are they NEED FIFA to act. FIFA for some reason are trying to do the exact opposite, so the game will continue down the path of fuelling the greed. Players at the top and their agents will get richer, and football fans will continue to get priced out of their game. In another generation, the stadiums will be all like The Emirates where they’re mostly middle class one-song wonders, leaving 10 minutes before the end to make sure they get home in time for Downton Abbey.

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  • Wayayman

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #17

    *PLUS not PUS! Almost a Freudian slip!

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #18

    @15 our toon

    so many things about luuk going around its hard to believe anything m8 !

    imo he will be great for us esp as i just found out his 13 apps last season equals 87mins of play ^^ no wonder his stats are rubbish if its true.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #19

    We were the biggest beneficiaries in years gone by when it came to agent fees, we paid big money to get big named players, now we are tight fisted we complain about agent fees….yet we along with every other club have fuelled this over the years!!

    Agents serve a purpose to both the player and the club the player represents, clubs use players image rights without paying them for that service (exception Ronaldo & beckham) we can’t have it both ways!! Just pay them and get on with it

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #20

    Croftus

    I’m concerned about Luuk De Jong as he failed big time in Germany and wasn’t prolific in Holland, it seems as though we look to buy players who can play in multiple positions to suit Percy, probably because Percy won’t use players in there natural positions

    The excuses are already starting with Gomis as well, the dialogue has begun about agent fees, if media news is to be believed then his transfer will cost a total of £3m including agent fees!! Yet we were willing to bid £9m for the lad as just a transfer fee in the summer!! Smoke and mirrors

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #21

    Wayayman that’s the exact boat i’ m in although agent fees for me are a little over 20%!
    I read the zlatan ibrahimovic book lately and really highlights the importance of agents to the players and was pretty screwed over when he signed for ajax

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #22

    Our Toon

    On image rights…

    Surely if a club pays a signing fee to a player, then they have the right to use his image for any club-related matters (web site, club magazine, strip sales in the club shop et.c)? Anyone else who wants to use it has to sponsor the player.

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  • LEROI

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #23

    This is a funny old one in the summer we were going to pay 8-10m with fees now we can do a deal for half that or maybe less and we’re still bloody quibbling over nowt ehhhh? Then on the other hand gomis is not at the top of the quality scale when it comes to available strikers is he? Then again i think we need 1 pretty sharpish like this month & 1 to fill remys spot when a champs league or bigger wage payer steals him off us in the summer. Hell if I’m totally honest we need 1 to replace cisse because even though he scored a scrappy lucky tap in the fa cup he’s still not the forward we need as our number 9.

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #24

    @20 our toon

    its always been hit or miss with strikers from holland so you could be right m8.

    just remember looking at him before in 2010 when he scored 1 in 2 games avg and in 2011 where it was almost 1 to 1-1/2 games ratio before his move.

    making the best out of us being linked by noticing he got subbed a hell of a lot mid way into games last season when he got 6 goals in 26 apps but a lot was 3/4 to half games then he was taken off or subbed on late.

    and this season where he gets 5 mins here and there as sub’s = 13 games but total game time of 85mins so theres no wonder he looks rubbish based on stats.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #25

    OurToon,
    They have to sell those last nine games, of course there’ll be complications…..

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #26

    Any news or updates today?

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  • HullMag6

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #27

    Anyone else think Remy Cabella is more to replace Loic Remy than Cabaye?

    I’d agree on any move for Jordan Rhodes and Tom Ince. De Jong is younger than Gomis if we had to gamble on one of them then I’d take luuk, he may be able to find his form with us. Gomis = one possible last big pay cheque.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #28

    Markaccus

    Clubs can’t have it both ways is what I’m trying to say mate, just because the player plays for the club doesn’t mean he automatically becomes there marketing tool, in any other business this service is something that would be paid for

    Signing on fees are generally used for loyalty when it comes to existing players at the club, but generally the player feels he should be rewarded for signing to a club!! Clubs used to take advantage of players as agents were less prominent!! Now they can’t take liberties as agents are tough negotiators (bit like some praising MA when it comes to getting value in transfer market)

    The shoe is on the other foot and agents are good for players but not good for clubs unless players go off the rails!! Agents advise players on there careers, Gareth Bales agent told him to have 1 more year at spurs and he listened, did him the world of good!! The biggest worry clubs spending £85m on a Bale or £40m on an Ozil, forget agent fees

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #29

    @26 ben

    same links bud just moussa sow to add to them !

    no idea what to believe but i think not knowing or telling is they way to go about transfers…..i just dont trust them enough to do there jobs.

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 7, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #30

    @27 hull

    imo cabella is the perfect replacement for arfa/sissoko and shift goofy to the right as he looks far more effective on the left !

    plays like arfa but is not greedy and a great team player (just dont like the fact he dives a lot)

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 7, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #31

    Jail

    Spot on mate, half price season tickets need to be sold and what better way than with empty promises!! How are we ever going to compete under Ashley if he refuses to pay £1m to an agent!!

    Croftus

    I think de Jong had 1 big season in the Dutch league before he was snapped up by BM, last season he started 24+ games scored 6 and got 2 assists

    Out of all the European leagues the The German league is closest to ours for style of play!! This season de Jong hasn’t had a look in but that should be a concern in itself, BM are playing very well yet this guy can’t get a game!!

    Jordan Rhodes has a fantastic record in the championship, Danny Ings has done well in the championship but these players have never played in the premier league, not many make that jump….Jermanie Beckford had a better record than both and he failed at Everton!! Rhodes for 2 or 3m yes but for 8/10m no thank you!!

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 7, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #32

    Our Toon

    I see what you are saying and agree to most of it.
    I am also just assuming that, when you are paying a player, he is your employee and therefore, he has to fulfill his contractual agreements to recieve all of his wages. i would imagine that the club would write in clauses about marketing strips and appearing in match day programmes and such, and his final wage would be made up of these various things… like goal bonuses et.c.
    It is the agents job to make sure he gets these ‘extras’ for his player, and also to secure separate sponsorship deals for his boots and stuff. The player should be paying the agent per peanut if you like 😀

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 7, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #33

    Agreed Markaccus, the other thing to consider is that if a player has to pay the agent rather than the club then the signing on fee would rise dramatically!! The player will ask for an extra £1m and then give that to the agent!!

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 7, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #34

    @ourtoon – problem for De jong is he was brought by the chairman when the manager didn ‘t want him! The system BMG play, even Negredo or Giroud would not play! The manager doesnt’ believe in #9 strikers and instead plays 2 free role free roaming number 10’s who link up and become a 6 man midfield when they haven’t got the ball!
    They brought dejong to replace reus and expected him to do the same job!
    For me, i like de jong! Hes not the finished article but hes the attributes to be as good as Huntelaar! He works tirelessly, is 6’2, strong, good in the air and is particularly quick for his size! Hes an out n out #9 in the shearer mould! I wouldn’t judge his BMG form too closely, hes even played on the wing for them and we all remember cisse on the wing.. I really think it was just a case of bad decision and wrong club!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 7, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #35

    de jong is the prefect player to fit us and also fit pardew’s style.
    if we can get him in i would be very pleased

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 7, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #36

    Our toon

    yeah, i suppose if the club just pays the agent it cuts out the middle man. Quicker all round.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 7, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #37

    Jay photo

    I was under the impression that de Jong is a midfielder/striker, at twente he would come off the wing and was rarely used as the #9 striker, the lad has always said himself that he prefers to come from wide or in a #10 position

    Huntelaar is a goal machine, his team play is pretty average but he’s a proper goal scorer, de Jong doesn’t look at this age as if he is that type of player!! Positionally I’d say de Jong is more like a young van Persie but is a million miles away when it comes to ability

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 7, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #38

    Jayphoto

    Similar to the way Barca play with 3 number 10’s?

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 7, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #39

    Cabella looks impressive in a free role cutting in from the left , crossing from the right or being the playmaker down the middle.

    He’d be a class acquisition , maybe starting him off on the left wing until Cabaye buggers off

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 7, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #40

    Got a feeling Pardew has his eye on a Gomis Dejong strike force next season though gomis has his heart set on Marseille.
    Think we’re going to be able to take Cabella too, that lad is a cross of HBA’s talent and Gouffrans work rate so fingers crossed!
    Think Tom Ince may be a possibility also!
    Can see Cabaye, Coloccini, HBA (only 18 months left of contract) marveaux, Obertan , shola all moving on in the summer and I can’t see us taking Remy for the fees being quoted as the longer that saga drags the less likely it is

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