We could be wrong, (yes – it has happened once or twice before), but we think 21 year-old Frenchman Massadio Haidara could be Newcastle’s starting left back in the years to come.
Massadio Haidara – could start the game tomorrow
And the French U21 International could get a start tomorrow against the mighty Manchester City – the best team money can buy – because Italian International Davide Santon is doubtful with a thigh injury.
Massadio played in last weekend’s FA Cup defeat to Cardiff City, but he has never started in a Premier League game yet, and that could happen tomorrow.
In fact if there’s any doubt at all about Davide’s injury - he should not play, because it could only make his injury worse.
This is what Alan Pardew said in the local papers about his young left-footed left-back today:
“Sadio’s confidence is high if I do have to put him in,” “But Santon has had a good season, and if he’s fit, he’ll have a good chance of starting.”
Davide is still the number one left back at the club at the moment, but it could get interesting as the season progresses, and the Italian will need to keep turning in those good performances – something he is no doubt already aware of.
And there was some good news on the injury front yesterday with Tim Krul and Yohan Cabaye fit again after missing just one game – the disastrous 2-1 FA Cup defeat at home to Cardiff City last Saturday.
Coloccini is still out injured and Mathieu Debuchy will be serving the second game of his three match ban, for being sent off against West Brom – so it’s good that we have just a couple of injuries at the moment.
That doesn’t include the long term knee injury to Ryan Taylor – who is expected to return for pre-season training in July, when he should be fully fit again.
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