St Etienne's Henri Saivet in action with Manchester United's Daley Blind
Newcastle United loanee Henri Saivet was in action last night in the Europa League against Manchester United at Old Trafford for Saint Etienne.
He was on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat as Zlatan Ibrahimovic hit a hat-trick, but he showed a few positive moments to suggest why Newcastle signed him in the first place.
Saivet created three goalscoring chances, playing in an attacking midfield role unlike the defensive position he occupied for Newcastle on the rare occasions he did start.
He still managed to contribute when not in possession, making two interceptions and making two fouls to break up United's possession.
His shooting was not so great, with Saivet attempting four shots at goal, failing to land a single one on target.
Newcastle United's Henri Saivet in action with West Ham's Mark Noble
Last season the Senegalese midfielder struggled to break into Newcastle's first team, arriving in January from Bordeaux and started just two games.
Signed under Steve McClaren's management, he became a total non factor once Rafa Benitez took over, and it was no surprise that he was loaned out in the summer.
He has made only 11 starts this campaign for Saint Etienne, scoring once, but it would be a surprise if he features again for Newcastle.
Saivet won't be complaining, having got the chance to play in the Europa League rather than England's second tier, but that quest seems to be coming to an end barring a miraculous second leg turnaround.