Massadio Haidara

Massadio Haïdara
Squad number: 19
Nationality: French
Born: 2nd December, 1992, Trappes, France
Height: 179cm
Weight: 78kg
Previous clubs: Nancy
Signed: January 2013, from Nancy
Newcastle United debut: 21st February, 2013 v Metalist Kharkiv (a), Europa League 
Position: Defender



Left-back Massadio Haidara joined Newcastle United from AS Nancy in the January 2013 transfer window, becoming the fourth of five Frenchmen to check in at St. James' Park that month.


Haidara's experience already belies his tender years. Making his debut for Nancy at the age of 17, the youngster went on to rack up almost a half century of top-flight appearances for Les Chardons, cementing his status as one of the brightest prospects in French football.


After joining the Magpies, Haidara made his debut for the Club in a Europa League clash with Metalist Kharkiv in February 2013.


The 1-0 win gave the Trappes-born full-back a first taste of European football and he went on to feature for United in ties against Anzhi Makhachkala and Benfica as Alan Pardew's side were eliminated at the quarter-final stage by the Portuguese giants.


However, an injury sustained in March 2013 during a Barclays Premier League game at Wigan Athletic temporarily halted Haidara's progress. He was stretchered off, having himself only entered the fray as a substitute, and went on to miss a significant chunk of the season with knee ligament damage.


Subsequent injury problems kept Haidara sidelined during the early part of the 2013/14 campaign, but the defender returned to the fold after Christmas, starting his first league game of the season against Southampton in March.



Early Days

Haidara was on the books of a number of French clubs as a youth, featuring for La Verriere, semi-professional outfit FC Versailles and Boulogne-Billancourt before making the move to Nancy.


He made his professional debut in 2010, impressing with his speed and attacking presence on the left-hand side of defence at the Stade Marcel Picot.



International Career

Haidara is yet to receieve a call-up to the full French international squad. He has, however, been capped by his country at under-19, under-20 and under-21 level.