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Forgotten Man In Squad For Watford – Current Loan Players Are Now Expendable

Sadio Haidara – who is out of contract this summer – is in the club’s squad for the game at Watford today.

We’d be surprised if the 25-year-old gets a start, but he may come on as a substitute.

Haidara was signed for around £2M from Nancy back in January of 2013 when we were struggling against relegation, but he has played only 48 times in his six and a half years at Newcastle.

His contract will not be renewed at the end of June when it runs out.

Sadio Haidara – will leave the club this summer

This is what Rafa has said about the former French U21 full-back and also about the various players on loan  – most of whom become available after this weekend:

“Haidara is in the squad,” “That means he can be available and he can play.”

“Do we need to put him in this situation?”  “Maybe not.”

“The players who were on loan, they know that they have holidays and that’s it, so you cannot create a mess,”

“Everyone who has been on loan, they know that they can go on holidays.”

So none of the loan players are needed for the last couple of games at Tottenham and at home to Chelsea.

Haidara has played once this season for Newcastle in January’s FA Cup defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

And for loan players like Adam Armstrong, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Matz Sels, Jack Colback and others – they will all likely be made available for transfer this summer.

Rafa needs to have a clear-out before he brings in new and better players to the club.

Only goalkeeper Freddie Woodman and some other of our younger players on loan will still be at the club come September.

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55 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    May 5, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    From the Beeb:

    “West Brom will be relegated if they fail to beat Tottenham. They will even be relegated without kicking a ball if Stoke win the early kick-off and will also be down if Swansea avoid defeat or Southampton win.

    “Stoke will be relegated if they lose to Crystal Palace. If the Potters draw, they’re down if Swansea avoid defeat or Southampton win. Even if Stoke win, they’re down in the unlikely event that Southampton, Swansea, Huddersfield (who don’t play until Sunday) and West Ham all win.

    “Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Watford will be mathematically safe if they win today.”

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 5, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Good afternoon Ron…anything specific you were thinking about in terms of your reply earlier to my comments about leaving everything too little too leave at Newcastle?

  • Oldgit1

    May 5, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #4

    I am starting to believe that we as supporters should be prepared to be accepting what life will be like on Rafa leaving.
    I strongly believe that he will leave with another opportunity lost and we will revert to supporting a club run under Ashley’s rules.
    Ashley has proven in the past to be very stubborn and does not bow to mere mortals. So can’t see him agreeing to back our Rafa. This I’m afraid is how I see it.

  • Ron Knee

    May 5, 2018 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Morning jesper

    Didn’t you know “Too little too late” and “Going through the motions” are the club’s mottos under Ashley?

  • Geordie-john

    May 5, 2018 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #6

    oldgit1, I HOPE YOU’RE WRONG, But it’s starting to look as if it’s getting closer to that.

  • Jib

    May 5, 2018 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #7

    My uncle was a sewage worker
    He resigned after 10 years
    He was sick of just going through the motions

  • Jib

    May 5, 2018 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Sewage Jokes
    Japanese sewage workers ?

    Nips that pass in the shite

  • Jib

    May 5, 2018 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #9


  • Jib

    May 5, 2018 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #10

    You ever wonder why Sewage workers are so depressed?

    They’re always down in the dumps.

  • Jib

    May 5, 2018 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #11

    Old Sewage Workers Never Die

    They Just Waste Away

  • Jib

    May 5, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #12

    right back to the footy
    Watford 1 NUFC 1
    I’d be plus content with that

  • davetoon

    May 5, 2018 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #13

    We’re 5/2 to win tonight against a poor Watford side. Got to have a piece of that!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 5, 2018 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #14

    Ron…I sure know that, but we do seem to be a little underprepared and not having our priorities straight regardless of who’s answering to our underwhelming owner

  • Ron Knee

    May 5, 2018 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #15


    It seems to be Justin Barnes, acting for Ashley, who puts a block on Rafa’s plans.

  • Jib

    May 5, 2018 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #16
  • Mag52

    May 5, 2018 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #17


    What was that you quoted from Jail about me ‘gloating’ over some ‘Pards’ cup victory over Liverpool in a recent post ?
    Sounds as if the clown is trying to stir things up again.

  • AncientC

    May 5, 2018 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Mag52, not sure. Just ‘Jail’ doing his usual silverback routine I guess.

    I noticed Jib put him in nets in his ‘dream team.’ lol

  • bettyswallocks

    May 5, 2018 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Assuming Rafa is planning to stay then now that we’re safe he will be plotting and scheming for next season. As he pointed out himself owners are aware that he can take cheaper players and mould them into useful ones. This could prevent him getting the type of players he really wants.

    Is Ashley going to sanction paying out decent fees for proven quality or try and fanny Rafa along in the knowledge that he will keep us up with the minimum spend on players that will just about do the job. This is the ideal scenario for Ashley and what he has wanted for a long time now.

  • bettyswallocks

    May 5, 2018 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Ancient ……… You are Lesh will obviously be hogging the far left touch line for the full 90 mins.

  • Tsunki

    May 5, 2018 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #21

    He he he looks like I’m not alone in having a pout on 🙂

    Sicilian blood I think.

  • bettyswallocks

    May 5, 2018 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Jib……… I see you put Lesh up front on the right. He won’t be happy there!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 5, 2018 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Ron…it’s fine to point the finger at Barnes, but lets not given him credit for everything shall we

  • bettyswallocks

    May 5, 2018 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Good day Jesper…….. Will you be watching the game today?

  • RUNAWAY777

    May 5, 2018 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Going toon 2..1 or 2..2 and i think we should hang back from renewing or season tickets till we see how this pans out with ashley and rafa enjoy the game lads.

  • Ron Knee

    May 5, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #26


    What else can Rafa do if Ashley/Barnes don’t give him their backing? Rafa is very organised. He obviously had a plan!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 5, 2018 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #27

    Haven’t been able to catch up with comments so excuse me if I repeat anything someone else has said.

    And this has to be a quicky as the missus has me building a small storage shed out of some old scaffold boards, I have said that I’m stopping at 2.30 to be present for our winning game at Watford.

    Haven’t a clue what Rafa is going to do today but will be surprised if there’s many changes from last week apart from the obvious one, Gayle staring.

    Watching the Marseilles/Salzberg game I reckon we have the wrong Haidara!

    2 hours 28 Minutes to KO.

    OK dear I’m on my way, later chaps. 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 5, 2018 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #28

    Gayle Starting, not staring, that would make him a sub. 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 5, 2018 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #29

    It’s a lovely weather today Betsy and a lot of activities plans! We’ll see.

    How about you? Nothing planned I suppose!

  • ben.g

    May 5, 2018 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #30

    Think I’ll go for a draw today.
    Watford are there for the taking but so we’re the last to teams.
    Watford’s manager is under pressure and could be his last game.
    If the team don’t want him there they could do a Leicester and not play well for him if they want shot of him!!

  • ben.g

    May 5, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #31

    I’m waiting for Dubai micky to provide my Saturday links!!

  • bettyswallocks

    May 5, 2018 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #32
  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    May 5, 2018 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #33

    Jib…sorry, bit late to the party. I was going to complement you on your sh!t jokes but that might have been misconstrued.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 5, 2018 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Sorry ben.g, nothing around just yet.

    This is a fall back though (it’s never the clearest).


  • DaveD1000

    May 5, 2018 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #35
  • Vask

    May 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #36

    This is what I use but only on my phone:-


  • Vask

    May 5, 2018 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #37

    Here’s hoping the previous couple of games has served as a cautionary tale for over confident complacency. I certainly won’t be saying 0-3 as a prediction. I’d like us to win.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 5, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #38

    That’s fantastic Betsy! Life is just so simple isn’t it…beautiful!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 5, 2018 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #39

    Ron…you’re dealt the cards your dealt and you either accept that or move on!

    …in the meantime you plan according and move forward…you don’t put all your money on Abraham signing and if that doesn’t happen your screwed!

  • DubaiMicky

    May 5, 2018 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #40

    Stoke score with a peach of a free kick just before half time. Bugger.


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