Those experienced players who are on loan this season from Newcastle must do well, very well if they are to have any future at Newcastle under Rafa Benitez and it seems like one of our players – central midfielder Henri Saivet – is having a tough time of it at St. Etienne in France.
Saint-Etienne Co-President Roland Romeyer has come out and said the club has been disappointed with the form of the Newcastle loanee and the club are now thinking about entering the transfer market this month to bring in some reinforcements to the squad in central midfield.
Saivet cost us £5M from Bordeaux one year ago but it became obvious very early on that he would struggle in the Premier League and he made only four appearances for Newcastle last season and Rafa Benitez never used him once when the Spanish manager joined the club last March.
Henri Saivet – when he signed in January 2016 for £5M from Bordeaux
At St. Etienne he has made 17 appearances this season with one goal and two assists and it’s unusual for a President of any club to go public with the form of a loan player.
But this is what Co-President Roland Romeyerhas told the Poteaux-Carres.com ASSE based web-site:
“It was thought that Saivet, who was a great player at Bordeaux, would bring us more.”
It’s therefore very unlikely that St Etienne will want to buy Saivet in the summer and we may find it difficult to get our £5M back on the player, who has been another poor buy by the old Newcastle regime.
We may have to loan him out again if Newcastle cannot sell him this summer and of course when we brought him into the club he came in on a five and a half year deal and his contract runs through the end of June, 2021.
Henri is currently with the Senegal squad in Gabon competing in the Africa Cup of Nations.