After watching Henri Saivet on Saturday and watching his interview on nufcTV, the Senegal International seems to be a good player with excellent technical skills and a fantastic approach to the game.
The mystery to us is how come Rafa has hardly played him but has no trouble in having him in the first team squad training.
Henri seems like a top-notch professional and gives 100% all the time – on the field and in training.
Remember when he played earlier in the season against Nottingham Forst in the League Cup he worked his socks off for the side.
Newcastle captain Lascelles says you can see Henri’s quality on the training ground every day and believes he is one of Newcastle’s better players.
But it would appear his manager doesn’t share that opinion.
This is what Lascelles has said as reported in the Chronicle:
“He trains every single day and, for me, he’s one of our better players,” Lascelles replied when asked if he’d spoken to Saivet ahead of the game.
“He’s got a great ability, and he’s an experienced player. I’m 24, and it’s not like I’m go and say: ‘Get through the game.’
“He knows how to do it. He’s played for his country. He showed his quality. He had legs in there and had quality on the ball.”
“He was challenging with the big fellas and he scored a crucial goal for us.”
“This is the thing, we’ve got a big squad. We’ve got players that haven’t really featured, but they’ll come in and offer something like that.”
“OK, he made a mistake. After that mistake, most players would have shied away and not wanted to take the free-kick.”
“But he said: ‘Listen, I’m having the free-kick.’ And then he put it in the back of the net.”
“That’s where it comes down to character and because we have a lot of that in our team, we’ll be all right and really kick on.”
Rafa put 5 players up for sale late last week, and Saivet was one of them – so if he keeps playing like that we should at least have clubs interested in buying him.
But shouldn’t we keep him at the club until the end of the season?
Rafa complimented both Saivet and Diame after the game on Saturday and made a point of saying that both were good professionals.
We now know Saivet can come into the first team and get the job done for the side.
He’s proved that twice this season and has rightly been the Talk of the Toon since Saturday.
We should keep him through the summer so we know we have a good player who can come in be a star player for us in what was a crucial game for the club.