In the strange world of Newcastle United, it was Henri Saivet who they chose to be interviewed by the club’s official tv channel, to talk about what happened at Chelsea and the hopes for the trip to Stoke City.

I say strange because in the last month since he started the dismal defeat at Everton, he has only played one minute of first team football. An injury time substitute against West Brom and then didn’t even get on the pitch at Stamford Bridge.

Despite this, Henri Saivet says he is looking forward to the ’12 cup finals’ that remain and that he and the other players can’t wait to get back onto the pitch after this 18 day break – though very unlikely surely that he will start tonight.

Henri Saivet speaking to NUFC TV:

“It is always a long wait, especially when you lose a game like that. 

“We have worked hard and been over to Spain for the warm weather training but we can’t wait to get out there and play after all this time.

“We have 12 games, 12 cup finals, and we are looking forward to all of them.”

‘Was the trip to La Manga important?’

“Yes, very important to change the environment and change the atmosphere. Good for everyone as we could work on things in a different setting, also good to change daily routine.”

‘Was it good to get to know people a bit more?’

“Indeed, I think it was very good for us to go away together, to laugh and have fun as well, to get away from the football side of things. Even though we did work hard every single day.”

‘How are you feeling personally?’

“I am feeling a lot better, I think it is a completely different league, completely different style of football to what I am used to. 

“Trying my best to adapt and adapt quickly. Recently I am feeling very good about it, very happy here.”

‘What have you made of Stoke this season?’

“I think Stoke are one of those teams who are a little bit bizarre.

“When I was in France, Stoke were always known for their long ball and long throws, but I watched them against Aston Villa and I must admit I was a little bit surprised. They are a completely different team, they get the ball down and play good football.”

‘At Chelsea, Newcastle were three down very quickly, how important is it that we start well?’

Definitely. We have watched the game back against Chelsea and it was definitely a game we lost in the first 15 minutes. We made mistakes and Chelsea punished every one, but we have to move on and look forward.”

‘Would a win be a springboard for the rest of the season?’

“Definitely, definitely. I would even say it would be more than a springboard, I think it would be a great confidence boost for the whole squad and certain players as well.

“Most important thing is that we keep this great club in the Premier League.”