Henri Saivet wants to help Newcastle back to the top of English football

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Newcastle left winger Henri Saivet believes he can help the club return to the top echelons of the Premier League.

The 25-year-old made his debut as a substitute in Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League victory over West Ham following his recent move from Bordeaux.

Saivet, who signed a five-and-a-half year contract with the club, insists he made the move because Newcastle are held in high esteem in France.

He said: “The image people have in France of Newcastle is that it is a massive club, it is just struggling to get on track.

“Everything we like about Newcastle. It is a good traditional English club. It is a little bit of a shame that they are not at the top of the Premier League where they deserve to be.”

Saivet was introduced by Newcastle boss Steve McClaren as a 57th-minute replacement for injured full-back Paul Dummett against the Hammers and formed a central midfielder partnership with fellow new boy Jonjo Shelvey.

The pair will compete with Jack Colback for a regular starting berth, although it seems likely that Cheick Tiote will not fight the same battle as he closes in on a move to Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.

The Ivory Coast international was allowed to travel to China last week to talk to the Shenhua, although the deal is yet to be finalised.

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Regardless of what happens with Tiote, the Senegal international insists he is ready to be called upon as he attempts to establish himself at Newcastle.

Saivet said: “The most important thing is I am ready and ready to play. If I am called upon, I will go out there and try to do my best.

“What matters more than anything at the moment is the club. There’s no player bigger than the club, that’s all that is important.

“But I am ready when called upon and I will make sure I give my best.”

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