Newcastle United debutant, Henri Saivet, had a more low key first appearance in the win over West Ham, Jonjo Shelvey taking the headlines with a great all round performance and a key role in both goals.
However, appearing as a 57th minute for Paul Dummett, Henri Saivet went about his job well in the centre of the pitch as Colback covered at left-back.
Whilst the former Bordeaux player might not have made the biggest impression in his first game, the St James Park crowd certainly made a lasting impression on him.
Saivet claims Saturday was the best crowd he has experienced, describing it as a perfect atmosphere and the fans not only being the proverbial ’12th man’ but also the ’13th man’.
It’s amazing what goals, attacking football and a bit of entertainment can do…
It will be interesting to see what starting eleven Steve McClaren goes with at Watford.
You assume that the United boss intends Henri Saivet to be paired with Jonjo Shelvey longer term but possibly it all depends on whether Paul Dummett is fit enough to play.
Forced off yesterday with injury, Dummett’s likely replacement would have been Kevin Mbabu but he is out injured at the moment.
So Jack Colback could well start at full-back and give Saivet his first game in the starting eleven, though if Dummett was passed fit then I think every chance McClaren would keep his team intact from the win over West Ham.
Henri Saivet talking to the official club website:
“Absolutely fantastic, the best atmosphere I’ve experienced in my career.
“You hear about the crowd being the 12th man but with this crowd…I think you could even say they were the 13th man at times – it was perfect.
“I have only been here a few days but everything has been fantastic so far.
“I’ve settled well, the players have been very welcoming and obviously the French lads make it easier as well.”
“I’m really happy – great to be out there on the pitch but we wanted the three points more than anything.
“We played really well in the first half and deserved our lead. The second half was a bit more difficult, gifted them a goal which took the wind out of our sails slightly – but we carried on fighting,
“Hopefully this will bring the team together and allow us to start putting wins together because we are not in the position we deserve to be in the league.”