Blast For 'Lazy' Saivet

Last updated : 06 January 2017 By Footy Mad - Editor

Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier has aimed a blast at Henri Saivet, who is on loan from Newcastle United, warning him to up his performance level.

Image result for Henri Saivet newcastleLes Verts brought in the former Bordeaux man on a season-long loan in the summer transfer window, but Saivet has struggled to hit the heights expected by the Ligue 1 club.

The Newcastle man has made just eleven appearances in Ligue 1 and scored once – and Galtier is clear that he expects more from the 26-year-old in the second half of the campaign, dubbing his present contribution "insufficient".

"It will be essential for the players to play at another level to that they showed in the first half of the season", the Saint-Etienne boss told Le Progres.

"The midfielders did not score much", he continued.

"Henri Saivet scored one or two goals and provided one assist.

"It is insufficient."

Saint-Etienne sit in eighth spot in Ligue 1 following 19 games, with 26 points, 13 off the top three Champions League places.

Les Verts have netted only 18 times, a total fewer than any other side in the division's top ten.

Saivet may hope for a chance to shine in the Europa League with Saint-Etienne next month as the club have a glamour tie in the last 32, with two dates against Manchester United.