Frenchman On The Fringe Of Becoming Newcastle Starter

There was news yesterday in the Journal that Alan Pardew expects young French defender Massadio Haidara to grow into the Newcastle starting left-back position next season, and that expectation could mean that Newcastle are willing to sell Italian Davide Santon this summer – but only at the right price of course.

massadio haidara

Massadio Haidara – Newcastle left-back

The 21 year-old Haidara played only 13 times last season, compared with local lad Paul Dummett playing 10 games and Santon playing 28 times, as all three were vying for the left back in the first team.

At the moment we have three specialist left backs fighting it out, so Newcastle can probably afford to lose one, and of course we would get the most money for 23 year-old Davide, who is the oldest of the three – but only just.

Haidara had a tough season with injuries, but Alan Pardew did bring him in for first team games towards the end of the season, and it’s not hard to see the youngster has big potential, and he can certainly cross the ball from the left wing.

Haidara was even included in some reports as one of the Frenchmen who Newcastle would try to unload, but according to the Journal report that’s simply untrue.

And with AC Milan and Roma again back in for Santon, we could see the 23 year-old Italian leaving the club this summer, and we would expect Mike Ashley would want a fee of around £10M for a player we paid £5M to Inter-Milan for three years ago.

Davide has played 93 times with one goal for Newcastle, and although he had a poor season last term, he still had great potential and could still grow into an excellent left back for Newcastle.

So we suppose it will be up to Alan Pardew to decide if the Italian International can be let go this summer, and leave it to Dummett and Haidara to fight it our for the lest back position next season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Jun 12, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #1

    AP should not be making dramatic decisions regarding stars like Santon, HBA. Let the next manager make up his mind.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 12, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Haidara – liked what I saw from a young kid – going to be a very good player – needs more first team starts.

    anyone seen the cover of Private Eye.
    Image shows – England players disembarking from the aircraft in Rio. Speech bubble coming from the pilot – ‘Shall I keep the engines running’?

    Made me chuckle

  • BuckLuck

    Jun 12, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #3

    That makes a lot more sense than to unload him. Looking forward to see how he develops, and especially under a new manager…

  • sparky55

    Jun 12, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #4

    HAHAHAHA…lads…we live in hope!

    A new manager would be lovely but don’t hold your breath

  • tequilamag

    Jun 12, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Cyprus what new manager is this then? Pardew is going nowhere

  • BuckLuck

    Jun 12, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #6


    Not much to cheer about these days. Hope is the only thing left mate 😉

  • ToonTiger

    Jun 12, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #7

    Pardumb will be here as long as fatty because no-one with any sense will come here managerially unless they’re desperate. Too constrictive, if this transfer kitty is to be believed this next season should be a watershead season. But can’t help feeling it’ll be more of the same, i hope not. (Formally Hullmag6)

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jun 12, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #8

    why would we want to sell Santon? every team needs a good rotation of players for each position.

    Debuchy & Santon as RB

    Haidara & ? as LB

    Dummet needs to be loaned out because he’s simply not good enough for the first team just yet, every time I see him hoofing it up the pitch I just wanna hoof my foot up his ass, the last thing we need is a Limited full back which is Dummet.

  • Shaker

    Jun 12, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #9

    i wonder why the club keep selling and there is
    no need for the money at all
    usually the clubs sell their players because
    they need the money but not Newcastle at all
    there is somthing wrong about this pathetic situation !!

  • Shaker

    Jun 12, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #10

    our club is Pathetic !!
    that’s the hard true 🙁


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