Henri Saivet has trained with Newcastle United’s first team ahead of their weekend clash with Norwich City, despite not being given a place in Steve Bruce’s Premier League squad, according to the Chronicle.
The Senegalese midfielder was one of four senior players to miss out on a place in the 25-man party, alongside Jack Colback, Rolando Aarons, and Achraf Lazaar.
That trio also joined the £35,000-a-week Saivet [Spotrac] in Bruce’s session, despite having no chance of featuring in Saturday’s meeting with the Canaries.
Saivet is a player who has never really looked as if he had a career at Newcastle ahead of him from the moment that he pen to paper on a contract in the north east. The 28-year-old has been farmed out all over the shop since signing for the Magpies back in 2016, and as it stands, still has just the eight first team appearances to his name. Chances are, he won’t be adding to that total any time soon, although his spell in Turkey with Bursaspor last season would seem to suggest that there is a half decent player in there somewhere. Saivet averaged 1.7 tackles, 1.5 key passes, and was dribbled past just once per game last term, as per Whoscored. Clearly, that hasn’t been enough to convince his new boss of his worth, but at the very least, it should make him easier to move on before the end of the month.