The French defender has endured a difficult time with the Magpies but remains in an upbeat mood and is evidently looking to the future at the club.
Great things were expected when Massadio Haidara first signed for Newcastle United back in January of last year, but while a series of setbacks have prohibited the defender’s progress at St James’ Park, he remains upbeat about his prospects for the future.
Arriving at the club for a bargain £2 million fee having previously impressed with French side Nancy, the player was seen as the latest example of the kind of talented youngsters the Toon had been picking up from Europe.
A month later, Haidara found himself thrown into the first-team fray, with a debut appearance coming against Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League – so far, so good for the Frenchman.
But disaster then struck in a routine Premier League encounter with Wigan Athletic. Keen to give the player a taste of Premier League action, manager Alan Pardew brought the full-back on as a replacement for compatriot Mathieu Debuchy.
Minutes later, however, Haidara fell victim to a rash high tackle from Latics midfielder Callum McManaman, with the 21-year-old stretchered off.
Though the subsequent lay-off was only a matter of weeks, this crunching introduction to the English top-flight was tough to take, with the defender suffering his fair share of wear and tear in the months since that first knock including two subsequent hamstring injuries and another knee problem.
And after returning to the first-team, Haidara has not had a great time of things either, with the full-back most recently featuring in a starting role during Newcastle’s heavy losses to Southampton and Manchester United.
An unused sub since those appearances, the defender has remained patient though, taking to Twitter to express his hope for next season.
“Everything comes to those who wait . Allah is with the patient . Al hamdoulillah,” he tweeted.
While many behind the scenes at the club continue to clash over the direction being taken under Alan Pardew and owner Mike Ashley, it’s good to see one player staying positive about the future.