We don’t care how poorly a player has played in the past for Newcastle – if he can come back into the team and do well for us, then that’s good for Newcastle.
And from what we can tell Rafa Benitez is pleased with Henri Saivet’s attitude and training and when he played his only game of the season in the 3-2 defeat at home to Nottingham Forest, he had a good game and worked his socks off.
Henri was not wanted by Rafa in the last two summer transfer windows, and he was sent on loan to Saint-Etienne the season before last and played 38 times with one goal for the French club.
But they didn’t want to sign him at the end of that season, and nobody came in for him this summer, from what we can tell.
Henri Saivet – Newcastle central midfielder
Henri is in the first team squad this season, and he has said he still wants to play for the first team this season.
This is what the 26-year-old 18 times capped Cameroon International has said as reported in the Chronicle today
“I want to play for Newcastle United.”
“Whenever you pull on a Newcastle shirt it’s an honor.”
“It’s a massive club and when you put the jersey on and get onto the pitch, you have to give 100% – even for the reserves.”
“You want to play well every time.”
Saivet was signed in January of 2016 for £5M from Bordeaux on a five and a half year deal, so his contract runs out in June 2021.
Henri doesn’t seem good enough for the first team but he has a good attitude, and maybe Rafa can start to get the best out of him this season?