The good and the bad of Massadio Haidara's performance against Watford

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Taking a closer look at how the Newcastle United left-back performed this weekend.

Newcastle United’s season went from bad to worse this weekend as Steve McClaren’s side lost 2-1 to Watford at St James’ Park.

Two goals from Odion Ighalo saw to the Magpies, with Daryl Janmaat scoring a consolation goal to continue his own impressive start to the new campaign.

Janmaat aside, Newcastle had few players who performed anywhere near their potential and one such man was left-back Massadio Haidara.

The 22-year-old had an impressive match against Manchester United at Old Trafford earlier in the campaign but more recently the Frenchman has been disappointing.

  Passing AccuracyTackle AccuracyEffective ClearancesDuels WonAerial Battles WonInterceptions WonPossession LostSuccessful DribblesMins Played
Massadio Haidara 86% 100% 2 2 100% 4 16 0 80

Against Watford, Haidara showed both the good and the bad of his game, winning 100 per cent of his tackles and 100 per cent of his aerial duels and yet not offering the security and consistency down the left side that McClaren will be seeking.

Haidara lost possession on 16 separate occasions on Saturday while he failed to go on any successful dribbles, losing to his opponent on the two occasions he tried to burst forward.

Much criticism has come in for Newcastle’s attacking players but the wide men need support and Haidara is not currently offering it to them.

There are certainly areas of Haidara’s game that have impressed this season but stats only tell part of the story and the truth is the Newcastle left-back is simply not good enough in his current run of form.

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