Newcastle player Henri Saivet has given his view on what needs to happen if the team are to drag themselves away from the relegation zone.
Like a lot of things at the football club, I am often puzzled by what goes on in the heads of those in the press office.
Why put forward somebody to speak to the press, who has been dropped from the team?
Henri Saivet came on as a substitute against West Ham for his debut with United 2-1 up, then he started the two defeats at Watford and Everton and was subbed off in both of them.
Dropped from the games against West Brom and Chelsea, he has only had injury time as a sub in the Baggies match in these last couple of matches.
Not saying Henri Saivet shouldn’t have an opinion but just how stupid does it look, a player not good enough to be in our very poor team, talking about what needs to happen.
Like everybody else I hope that Henri Saivet suddenly looks the part as a Premier League star but his signing has very much been pushed out of sight (thanks to Shelvey and Townsend) by the club friendly media and those further afield who know no better.
It has all the hallmarks of another average player from Ligue 1 (Marveaux, Gouffran, Riviere) who will be stuck here for the next five years as a fringe player as no French team will be able to afford his Premier League wages, with no Premier League club taking a second look.
A lot of you will say you have to give him a chance and of course you do….
…BUT in Newcastle’s desperate position buying an average midfield player who isn’t a sure fire starter is crazy, especially when he looks no better than Colback or a now half-paced Cheick Tiote and is left on the bench accordingly.
Only £5m you say?
Well West Ham (like they did with Aaron Cresswell) have invested money in another Championship versatile full-back (can also play in midfield) in Sam Byram from Leeds, a player linked with Newcastle for over two years..
He has cost the Hammers under £4m and has already looked full of promise in his three appearances so far.
We had to play an inexperienced winger at left-back at Chelsea and even when fit, Haidara and Dummett have shown repeatedly that they aren’t good enough.
The desperate displays of Taylor and Coloccini also stuck fear into fans for the rest of the season.
At least one new defender had to be brought in during January, preferably two – a Left-back and centre-back, whether buying young up and coming talent (from Championship etc) or proven experience, either on permanent or loan deal.
As for Henri Saivet’s advice for his team-mates…:
“We have to give the strikers the best possible chance – we have to give them good passes.
“Ayoze, Mitrovic, Moussa and Gini need to know that they can trust us behind them and that we can put them in for the best possible chances they can get and get some shots on target.”
Trusting the defence behind them…I think it will take more than the next 12 matches to convince anybody of that.
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