Sissoko – Newcastle Big Club With Best Fans In England

Moussa Sissoko has commented today on his link in the press with a potential move to Newcastle United, and what does he know about Newcastle “They are a big club with the best fans in England.”

So this boy isn’t just a good footballer but also very intelligent and well informed – obviously.   😀

Moussa Sissoko – 19 year old Toulouse midfielder

The teenager currently plays for French side Toulouse, and he has admitted that he would one day love to move to England, but that is in the hands of his French club.

He is a player Newcastle need in their team, since we need a box to box midfielder with some creativity, and of course Sissoko fits Mike Ashley’s initial blueprint for players coming to the club –  youngsters who can improve a lot once on Tyneside.

We brought in two youngsters in the summer, Sebastien Bassong (22) and Danny Guthrie (21), and both lads have already improved significantly over the last 3 months and have both nailed down first team spots on Tyneside.

So that strategy can work if the right players are brought into the club.

Moussa is also a combative player, so we think his resume makes him a good match for Newcastle, although we have not seen him in action. The youngster stands just under 6’2″ and has already played for the Toulouse first team 41 times, and appeared 4 times for the French Under-21 side.

The France Under-21 international is now however well aware of the reported attention coming out of Newcastle, and he seems excited bu the possibilities.

Sissoko told Sky Sports today:

“I don’t know where the speculation regarding Newcastle has come from, but it is good to be watched by scouts,”

“Sometimes these things come to nothing and they recruit a different player, but if they want me then I am working hard.”

“I love the Premier League. It is the best league in the world. The stadiums are always full and I believe my game would be suited to the English style as I like the physical aspects of it.”

“Newcastle? They are a big team, with big support. From what I have been told they have the best fans in England.”

“But, it is up to Toulouse. I am happy here and I am still learning. If they think it is time for me to move on then I will, but at the moment my desire is to play for Toulouse and keep on proving myself.”

The win we had on Sunday, ha put Newcastle fans in fine fettle right now, and if we can beat Spurs on Sunday, they’ll be even more upbeat, and a couple or three early signings in January of good players is exactly what we’d all like to see.

Things may even be improving a little on Tyneside – at long last!

47 comments so far

  • LarrikinDan

    Dec 16, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Ive heard loads of good things about this lad from a french lad I met while I was in Australia….

    He supported Toulouse and mentioned Sissoko a few times!!

    Hes tall and quick and apparently combative…We could do with a bit of that as our central midfield is a bit on the slow and short side at the mo!

    I hope we can push a deal through for this lad!!

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 16, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #2

    I personally think he is actually one of JK targets.

    This is why:

    – JFK said he was a Vieira.
    – JFK has been a free lance scout for the past 2 year fro clubs such as Arsenal.
    – He fits our policy so Wise etc will have no problem splashing the cash on him.
    – It is obvious we need a player like this.

    Not seen very much of him but sign him up!

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 16, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #3

    wants* not was

  • LarrikinDan

    Dec 16, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #4

    I agree Tom…We need a big guy like this! Like you said he also seems to fit our transfer policy!

  • ron burgandy

    Dec 16, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #5

    get him we need compatition for center min butt is past it

  • dan

    Dec 16, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Exactly what we need. A combative central midfielder because Butt is nearly retired and Barton is never available.
    Is he any good tho?

  • RobbyBobson

    Dec 16, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #7

    On paper he seems good.

    Im sure one of the main reasons Bassong was sign is that he was 21 and had played 78 times or somthing for Metz already.

    41 games at 19 is very very good indeed so there must be something there.

    Lets just hope he has better technical abilbity than his name sake who was at Liverpool.

  • jettson

    Dec 16, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #8

    if he can be the next patrick vieira then we will be happy!! well done dennis wise if this is one of his targets!! DW hasnt done too bad really withwhat he has brought in has he? a cockney he maybe but credit to him for some of the signings with very little outlay.

  • Beatski

    Dec 16, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #9

    JK also said he wants players ready for the 1st team though, the lad’s 19 and has never played in this league.

    Mind if he can pull a bassong, we’ll be laughing.

    If we are actually in for him i think we’d stand a great chance, with 2 young french players in the squad already.

  • LarrikinDan

    Dec 16, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #10

    He has played 40 top flight games in France and is still only 19!

    He will have the physical qualities for this league being a big lad…I reckon this lad could walk into our first team, Or at least compete with Butt and Guthrie for the spot!

  • tino97

    Dec 16, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #11

    He looks like a decent player and obviously wants to prove himself. It seems like he has the physical attributes too. We have Nzogbia and Bassong to help him settle in hopefully. Looks promising!

  • Alex

    Dec 16, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #12

    If he is of the same quality as Bassong and Nzogbia then lets get him . Those 2 can help him settle in .

  • Spyro

    Dec 16, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Never seen him, but if he is tall and anything like Digard then i am happy,

  • Geordie_exile

    Dec 16, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Considering the anger directed at the transfer policy and the disruption at the club I think it is now the time to reflect and re-evaluate the situation.
    Yes, Keegan had a right to quit if he was told he he full control over signings which was then reversed, but I have to say that Wise has done a stellar job at bringing players in and all at a good price.
    Praise for Bassong, Guthrie, Collocini & Gutierez has been resounding over recent weeks, and most are well aware of the excellent young players we now have coming through the ranks.
    On Mike Ashley’s part, his biggest failing seems to have been one of communication. I have to question KK’s resignation motives as I can’t really believe that Ashley would change the transfer policy for a ‘temporary’ replacement. At least MA appears to be/have been passionate about the club- how many other owners mingle with the common man?
    Perhaps the best move for the club would be for owner and supporters to form a truce (heck, who knows what new owners would bring to the table….).
    The club seems to be moving in the right direction, if we can all get on board who knows what we can achieve (I never thought I’d be saying this weeks after KK resigned).
    Let’s see what transfers Wise & Kinnear bring in next month……

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 16, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #15

    well we have dg fans

    the 2 sheffield clubs

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 16, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #16

    that is in order btw

  • fostino

    Dec 16, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #17

    this lad sounds okay….we do badly need a C.M.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 16, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Has anyone seen on Sky Sports a moment ago, Nicky Butt said he wants to finish his retire at Newcastle and wants a new contract

    Signing this guy can be good or bad if we keep Butt

    Good- Butt stays and Sissoko gains tonnes of experience then Butt retires with a formation like this

    ******= new signing






  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 16, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #19

    bad- we sign him and he doesn’t play , kicked out team and he plays all his games in reserves because of Barton Guthrie and Butt


    Dec 16, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #20

    is he any good?
    and what skills has he got?

  • Ally

    Dec 16, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #21

    what about taking McGeady on loan till the end of the season from Celtic

    because of his bust up it could be a good decision for all parties involved

  • cause I got the girth

    Dec 16, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #22

    good shout Ally, was thinking the same, wouldnt hurt would it, since duff is complete gash these days as an attacking player, thats what he is yeah?!?!?

  • Ally

    Dec 16, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #23

    aye mate he is an attack minded midfielder, then at the end of the season see where it goes from there its a no risk for us tbh if it comes of great but if not nothing spoiling

  • Boater

    Dec 16, 2008 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Ally – I thought McGeady was a left-sided winger who can play on the right if needed … if that sounds familiar it’s because we have 3 players exactly the same…. wouldn’t complain if he came mind you as he is a gifted player – is it what we need though?

    Geordie-exile… you’re in danger of talking some common sense on your building bridges with Ashley and Wise post… that’s not very popular on this site yee knaa.

    Is Sissoko a realistic option? We do have Guthrie and Lua-Lua who are similar – i.e. gifted, young but probably a season or two away from dominating in that role. Butt is past it…. what we need is someone around 25 – 26 towards their peak to slot straight in and do a job now I reckon.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 16, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #25


  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 16, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #26

    He certainly fits the bill; i.e. young, tall and central midfield. A position we desperately need; but how much will he cost?

  • Piers

    Dec 16, 2008 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #27

    If we don’t get Gourcuff lol then Sissoko is our next option. From what i’ve heard, he’s an excellent player with a great attitude. Would be a terrific signing if we can get it done!!

  • It Could be Worse...We Could be Spurs (DC)

    Dec 16, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #28

    not bad turkish ‘cept im pretty sure ur only allowed to field 11

  • Spyro

    Dec 16, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #29

    This guy is apparently nothing like Guthrie or Lua Lua, Sissoko is an out & out DM isn’t he? The only player he is similar to is Butt.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 16, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #30

    He’s meant to be box-to-box but more onus of the defensive side, so basically a Vieira.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 16, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #31

    seems a great solid player and good replacement for butt.
    we need a new peter beardsley .. easy huh ….. 🙁

  • cause I got the girth

    Dec 16, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #32

    one of the two £6m players JFK mentioned???

  • oga

    Dec 16, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Anyone is better than Butt.

  • Geno Toon

    Dec 16, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #34

    Didn’t momo play for liverpool? He had the devistating eye injury that almost ended his career?

  • toon Olly

    Dec 16, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #35

    that was muhammed, this is a diff one mate, other ones at juve im pretty sure

  • workyticket

    Dec 16, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #36

    Aye Toon Olly, the other one is at Juve.

    oga, with all due respect you really don’t have a clue. Butt is still a very good player, and he still plays a very important role within the Newcastle team.

  • Auschas

    Dec 16, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #37

    I really hope we dont go for upson.

  • Piers

    Dec 16, 2008 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Butt is a not a bad player by any means. He’s been great for us, don’t knock em.

  • Marcus

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #39

    I would prefer the Sissoko from Juventus. He destroyed AC Milan the other day.

  • brutooooon

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #40

    if he is a replacement for nicky butt i would say a HELL YEAH!

    but the problem with butt is that, he is an automatic choice – any young backup DM would only get his chance when butt injured or retired.


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