He has played a total of 232 league minutes for Newcastle and made only eight appearances for them, three of which were league starts. He has been loaned out three times while collecting his £32,000-a-week salary, only part of which has been subsidised, pocketing more than £5 million in wages on a contract that has more than 18 months left to run.September 26, 2019
In May 2016, a banner at Bordeaux’s Matmut Atlantique stadium declared in French: “For those who dream of England, there’s still room on Newcastle’s bench!”
It was aimed at Henri Saivet, who had left for Tyneside four months previously. Newcastle’s relegation from the Premier League was imminent, and a pocket of supporters were wallowing in their former captain’s misery.
More than three years on, even a place on the bench seems to be beyond Saivet . Their supporters would be forgiven for forgotting that the 28-year-old is still employed by the club.