Newcastle Player Keen To Return To Prove Himself

Henri Saivet took a shot at Newcastle earlier in the week, but since the player only played four times for Newcastle and started only twice once he was signed for £5M from Bordeaux in January, he must have wondered what happened?

But even before Rafa Benitez came in during March the former manager who signed him – Steve McClaren – had stopped playing Henri.

When Rafa did come in Saivet got no playing time at all under the Spanish manager.

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Henri Saivet in training at Newcastle

It seems Henri is trying to come to terms with exactly what happened at Newcastle, but he joined a club that was struggling and we basically got into even more trouble once he did arrive, so it wasn’t a good place to be in many different ways.

Henri has been speaking to L’Equipe and he is trying to learn from what happened – and he even says he would consider returning to Newcastle:

“In France, the clubs must play a player, putting pressure on if necessary.”

“Not in England, where clubs have so many ways that, even if they buy you for €20M, they can put you on the bench – €30, they start to think.”

“England is not difficult but complicated in the sense tha sometimes you don’t understand all the choices.”

“Stay in England to find myself in the same situation after four games?” “I’m not disgusted but offended at what happened – it’s as if I was going backwards.”

“This is not a failure. It’s a lesson – football is a learning experience.” “You’ve put yourself in another culture.”  “I believe that I am mentally stronger.”

“If it’s again, I would go back, because I’m driven by the desire to show that I can impose myself in the Premier League.”

We have some sympathy for Saivet and what happened.

It was good that he acted professionally and didn’t complain too much when he was at Newcastle after being shunned as a player.

The 25 year-old is now trying to work out what exactly happened, but what he should do is just stick in at St. Etienne and try to have a good season where he will get plenty of games.

Then he would return to pre-season training at Newcastle and see if he has any chance of making it under Rafa Benitez.

If he hasn’t it would then be good for him to move on.

St. Etienne were not given an option to buy Henri at the end of the season so he will return to Newcastle for season training – when hopefully we are a Premier League club again.

Rafa will then have decisions to make on a number of players returning from loan spells and they include Tim Krul and Siem de Jong.

There’s no real reason why all three players could not still have a career at the club, especially if they have good seasons while out on loan – although it’s unlikely.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Sep 9, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #1


  • BandB

    Sep 9, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #2


  • hibbit

    Sep 9, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #3

    mission accomplished

    that looks better

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 9, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Eww, brings back memories.


    Sep 9, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #5

    What is it that u get out of this? Quite a few people accepted ur apology and moved on from it but now we are back to it?

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 9, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Wasn’t. That. Easy.

  • BandB

    Sep 9, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #7


    Have you actually changed your name yet?

  • Markaccus

    Sep 9, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Yes it worked, BandB

  • Malta Mag

    Sep 9, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #9

    To answer your question Ed (which the others failed to do, cos it’s turned into an idle chat page??)
    I think it’s possible they could return but highly unlikely. Kruhl is a no brainer as he’s on high wages and we’ve got at least 4 keepers already. Saivet for me looked like he could be a player but as a CM player I can’t see we need him so can’t see him coming back. SDJ is a bit of an enigma however as he has obviously got something to offer but was never given a fair chance. I think his return will be determined by whether or not Perez makes that number 10 role his own or not. To date Diame looks a far better bet and Perez nothing more than cover but every now and again Perez gives you glimpses of what he is capable of so it could he’ll grasp the opportunity. We’ll see

  • NUFCmagpie

    Sep 9, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #10

    The thing that boggles me about Henri Saivet’s signing under McLaren is that he played for Bordeaux as a wide midfielder and was definitely an attacking player. Yet for Newcastle he only appeared as cover for Tiote in a defensive midfield role. Why do that to a talented attacking player?


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