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Hopes of Newcastle United selling Henri Saivet take a blow

2 months ago
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Henri Saivet is one of a host of players Newcastle United are hoping to get off their books this summer.

He turns 29 in October and was possibly one of the most pointless signings the club has ever made.

With Newcastle battling relegation in 2016 and desperately short of defenders and especially attacking players, spending £5m on the midfielder was simply bizarre, especially as Jonjo Shelvey arrived at the same time and Newcastle were relatively well off for midfielders anyway.

Even more ridiculous was the fact that Mike Ashley went for one of his typical overly long contracts giving Henri Saivet a five and a half year deal (Jack Colback was given a six year one!).

This summer, Henri Saivet will still have two years on his Newcastle deal left and one more year for Jack Colback.

Hopes of loans turning into permanent moves for Henri Saivet didn’t happen with either St Etienne or Sivasspor, so it was hoping possibly third time lucky with Bursaspor.

In August, Henri Saivet joined the Turkish club for the season, in return for a reported £800,000 loan fee.

Having only started three league matches for Newcastle since joining in January 2016, the midfielder is at least having better luck with Bursaspor when it comes to regular football, with 26 league appearances so far this season,

After Saivet scoring two goals in March, manager Samet Aybaba named the Newcastle loan player as the man he was relying on now he has hit top form, playing Saivet in the number 10 role. The Bursaspor boss also indicating that he wants to build the team around the Senegal international moving forward, so long as the club avoid relegation…

However, the last seven league games have seen no wins, only three points from a possible 21, with Bursaspor now in deep relegation trouble.

They lost their last game 2-0 to relegation rivals BB Erzurumspor, which means that with three games to go, Henri Saivet and his teammates are now three points off safety and with a five goal worse goal difference. The Newcastle player’s goal threat has quickly disappeared despite playing in that more forward number 10 role, Saivet still only has two goals and one assist so far this season.

If Bursaspor now on the brink of relegation, if they go down, any hopes of them buying Henri Saivet will disappear as well.

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