New signing Henri Saivet has already been relegated to the bench by manager Steve McClaren in favor of Cheick Tiote who had a great game at home to West Brom and followed it up like too many Newcastle players with a miserable and gutless display at Stamford Bridge in the 5-1 humiliation.
We don´t have too many players with leadership skills in the team, which has been only one of the problems we´ve had this season, but Henri is a leader and he has come out today and talked about the team.
Steve McClaren and Henri Saivet against West Ham
This is what the 25 year-old Senegal International midfielder has said:
“We have to give the strikers the best possible chance. We have to give them good passes.”
“Ayoze, Mitrovic, Moussa and Gini need to know they can trust us behind them – and that we can put them in for the best possible chances they can get and get some shots on target.”
Newcastle arrived in Spain yesterday afternoon for a five-day training camp in La Manga and presumably during the time they will work on organization and tactics for the two upcoming crucial games at Stoke and at home to Bournemouth.
And it´s going to be interesting to see what team Steve starts in the game at Stoke.
The players have to show some fight and spirit and get something out of that game otherwise there is a chance that McClaren will be gone.
Henri has played well for us when he´s played, but McClaren withdrew him rather quickly from the starting line-up to use Cheick Tiote in the defensive midfield position.
Who will start there at Stoke is a good question but we´d be surprised if it´s not Tiote who seems to be a particular favorite of McClaren´s.
Henri is likely to play in the friendly against Lillestrom SK on Saturday, so a good game there could seem him force his way into the side – maybe.