There was news in France yesterday that Alan Pardew will let 25 year-old center-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa leave the club this summer, after he’s been less than impressive in the almost eighteen months he’s been at Newcastle.
Massadio Haidara – for sale this summer?
But the reports in France are that Newcastle will effectively be unloading other senior French players, and that they will include Sylvain Marveaux, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gabriel Obertan, and even Massadio Haidara, as well as Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
The one that surprises us a little bit there is 21 year-old Massadio Haidara, and he’s looked decent enough when he’s been in the Newcastle first team, and maybe he deserves another season to prove himself at the club.
If the news is true that means that two of the five Frenchmen we brought in eighteen months ago, to help save us from relegation, will leave in the summer – assuming other clubs come in for them.
And it’s almost certain that Newcastle will also offload 24 year-old Frenchman Romain Amalfitano, who could well sign permanently for French second division side Dijon, where he’s been on loan this season.
That’s six Frenchmen leaving, and if you add in Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye, it means that eight French players could be leaving the club this year, before September rolls around.
Of those eight we would have liked to have seen Loic Remy, Ben Arfa and Massadio Haidara stay at the club, but that’s not going to happen.
What do you think?