Hands up if you remembered that Henri Saivet was still a Newcastle player?
The Senegal international arrived at St James’ Park back in the summer of 2016 and has since endured one of the most forgettable careers of any player to have worn the black and white shirt.
With a paltry eight appearances to his name, it’s certainly fair to say that Saivet has arguably been one of the worst signings – if not the worst – of the Mike Ashley era.
Costing a reported £5m when they first signed him from Bordeaux, Newcastle may have been forgiven for thinking they had bagged a real midfield star.
Speaking at the announcement of his signing, then-Magpies manager Steve McClaren said: “Henri is someone the club have been watching for a while, and he has developed into an excellent player at Bordeaux. This is someone with a very good mentality, who is a tough player and a winner. Those are key qualities you need in the Premier League and we are looking forward to seeing him pulling on the Newcastle United shirt.”
Reports last summer suggested that the Tyneside club were struggling to find a buyer for Saivet as they looked to get him off the books, and it was then no surprise that he was eventually omitted from the Premier League squad for the season.
Earning a reported £35,000-a-week at St James’ Park, the 30-year-old’s only football this season has been with the under-23s, playing four times at Premier League 2 level – in fact, it’s a damning statement that he has actually made the same number of appearances for the reserves as he has for the first team over his Newcastle career.
All in all, Saivet’s transfer fee and wages, have meant that he has now cost a whopping £10m in total for the Magpies over the years that he has been at St James’ Park – a truly ridiculous amount for someone who doesn’t even feature anymore.
However, with his contract coming to an end this summer, Steve Bruce has the chance to finally wave goodbye to Saivet and end his misery on Tyneside.
Considering his costs to the club, it will surely leave Mike Ashley very relieved as well.