It was revealed by The Athletic today that forgotten man Henri Saivet earns £32,000 per week at Newcastle United.
Considering he’s made just six starts since completing a £4.5m move from Bordeaux in January 2016, I felt the need to work out just how much he’s cost the club over the past three and a half years.
The results are pretty damning, with the maths telling us that he’s earned just over £6m over the past 192 weeks, meaning he’s cost the club over £10m in total.
I don’t blame him. He earned himself a decent move, got offered a great contract, has always seemed like a good pro in interviews who worked hard to break his way into Rafa’s plans for two years, and then accepted uninspiring loan moves away when things haven’t worked out for him. Instead, I blame the club.
Saivet seemed like a knee-jerk signing in midway through that 2015/16 relegation season – and an odd one considering Steve McClaren (the coach who ‘signed’ him) barely used him – yet we handed him £32,000 per week on a 5 and a half year deal.
A few years on, he’s missed out on Steve Bruce’s 25-man squad, he’s failed to secure a loan move away and instead is picking up just shy of £2m per year just to train – and he could continue to do so given his current deal doesn’t expire until the summer of 2021.
This isn’t the first time we’ve had this issue either, with Jack Colback being in the same boat, meaning there’s over £70,000 of wages going to waste every WEEK.
Just imagine what that money could do towards improving the training ground facilities..