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.
What do you think?