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 – 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?