The latest addition to the Newcastle squad is the 6’2″ box to box midfielder from Toulouse – 23 year-old Moussa Sissoko – who has often been compared to the former Arsenal great Patrick Vieira – because he stands 6’2″ tall and has a powerful way of playing the game with lots of skill – just like Vieira.
Moussa Sissoko – will wear the number 7 shirt
But Mouusa himself has tried to play down that comparison, which he’s had for at least a couple of years now, and he had this to say on the Newcastle United web-site after signing on at the Tyneside club yesterday:
“It is fantastic to be compared to someone like Vieira,” “He was a fantastic player, but if I want to be as good then I’ll have to put in some incredible performances in every single match, every week.”
“I’ve often said that for me the Premier League is best in the world and it’s also a league which corresponds to my style of play. This is where I really want to take the most pleasure from playing. It won’t be easy, but it’s up to me to work hard so I get everything on my side so I can do my best.”
“It was really important to move on, to take on a new challenge.” “I’ve been with Toulouse for ten years now so even though I gave 100% in training and during matches, it was quite a comfortable place for me. I was in my comfort zone and I wanted to take on a new challenge and rise to that challenge.”
“Newcastle is the ideal club for me to be able to go on and do great things.” “At Toulouse I had the luck to play in almost every game, but for me it was time to move on to a new challenge, and that new challenge was here in England.”
We hope we’ve signed the next Patrick Vieira, and we also hope the five French players brought into the club so far in January is a positive sign that owner Mike Ashley and company will further strengthen the squad in the summer, and show great ambition for Newcastle United.
We’d love to see Newcastle challenging for a top six place again next season, or even for the top four and a Champions League position.
That sounds a lot better than battling down in the Championship again – for the second time in four years.
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