Hopes of Newcastle United selling Henri Saivet take massive hit on drama filled Sunday
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 at least had better luck with Bursaspor when it came to regular football, with 29 league appearances so far this season,
After Saivet scored two goals in March, manager Samet Aybaba named the Newcastle loan player as the man he was relying on now he had 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 avoided relegation…
However, going into the final round of games on Sunday, Henri Saivet and Bursaspor were still very much at risk of relegation.
It was between them and Goztepe for the final relegation spot and Saivet’s loan club trailed by a point, with also four goals worse off on goal difference. Realistically, Bursaspor and Henri Saivet had to win, then hope that their rivals didn’t.
The Newcastle midfielder played the full 90 minutes as Bursaspor went two goals up in 20 minutes. They then faced a nervous final half hour after Yeni Malatyaspor scored on 61 minutes, holding on though for a 2-1 away victory.
Meanwhile, Goztepe scored on 14 minutes at home to Ankaragucu, only for the away side to shock them with a 74th minute equaliser.
However, an 84th minute converted penalty goal won it for Goztepe and sent Henri Saivet’s loan club down to the Turkish second tier.
With Bursaspor going down, any hopes of them buying Henri Saivet have disappeared as well.
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