According to a recent report from Sky Sports, Henri Saivet is on the verge of leaving Newcastle United. The 27-year-old made the move to St James’ Park back in 2016 but has struggled for regular football during his time in the North East, to the point that he has been shipped out on loan to both Saint-Etienne and Sivasspor in the last few seasons.
And it appears that he is set to go out on loan again this term, this time to Turkish side Bursaspor, and with the Senegal international seemingly off, £4.05 million-rated Newcastle outcast Karl Darlow (as per Transfermarkt) must seek to follow him out of the Magpies this month.
Ultimately, it has been a testing few years for Saivet since his move from Bordeaux to Newcastle back in 2016, with the midfielder only mustering eight senior appearances for Rafa Benitez’s side, netting just one goal in that time.
And with his most recent appearance coming in their FA Cup fourth round exit at Chelsea seven months ago, alongside his exclusion from the Magpies squad for their opening Premier League game against Tottenham last weekend, the writing has been on the wall for Saivet for quite some time.
And Darlow’s future prospects at Newcastle also look pretty bleak, which is why he must seek to follow his teammate in leaving St James’ Park before the end of the month.
The Englishman made the move to the North East back in 2014 after beginning his career at Nottingham Forest, and while the 27-year-old then returned to the City Ground on loan in the 2014/15 season, he then became an important player at Newcastle, not least in keeping 13 clean sheets in 34 Championship appearances to help Benitez’s side win the title in the 2016/17 season.
Yet both he and Rob Elliot failed to convince between the sticks in the Premier League last term to prompt Benitez to land Martin Dubravka back in January, and with his move made permanent over the summer, first team football doesn’t look at all likely for Darlow this season.
And at the age of 27, the Englishman will surely be seeking to progress his career by accumulating as many minutes as possible in the coming years – that doesn’t seem likely at Newcastle.
He may have got the nod for the substitute’s bench over Elliot last weekend, but being next in command doesn’t mean as much to a goalkeeper as it does an outfield player, which is why he must seek to follow in Saivet’s footsteps by leaving the club this month.
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