To be fair to Henri Saivet, he didn’t look the worst player to ever turn out for Newcastle United.
The problem was that with Newcastle deep in relegation trouble and desperate for an injection of quality, he didn’t look any better than what was already at St James Park.
In the circumstances, yet another desperate Graham Carr signing, especially when with Newcastle desperate for players both in defence and attack in January, it was yet another central midfielder to add to the handful NUFC already had.
Only 147 minutes of football for Newcastle United in two starts and two sub apperances, though not a minute on the pitch under Rafa Benitez.
Henri Saivet has been reflecting on life at Newcastle and hard not to feel a little sorry (when forgetting about the money side of things..) for him, as just like players such as Riviere and many other ‘bargain’ buys from Ligue 1, he simply wasn’t good enough.
Saivet says that he came to play for Newcastle and not be paid to do nothing, saying ‘It was horrible, you’re there, you’re useless’.
Henri Saivet on how he joined Newcastle, talking to France Football:
“I had not planned to leave (Bordeaux).
“The proof? I was planning move and buy me a new home in Bordeaux but when I returned from vacation (January 2016), I was told there was a lot of stress for me and that if I wanted to leave, I could. I came back from holiday with the desire to start well and I was told that … “
“I had been recruited to play and I was not playing. It was hard. I had the impression of being paid to do nothing. It was horrible. You’re there, you’re useless. “
Joining Saint Etienne on loan:
“A place you want to be, it feels really good. Marseille also wanted me but I chose the Greens.
“I want to go far in the Europa League to further grow the club and why not be third (in Ligue 1) and play the preliminary round of the Champions League? “