Moussa Sissoko To Start Tomorrow Night

Alan Pardew held a press conference before he and the squad left for the important game against Aston Villa tomorrow night – and it’s a relegation 6 pointer – another one, following our terrible defeat against Reading 9 days ago.

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Moussa Sissoko – in action for Toulouse – debut tomorrow night?

At the press conference Alan said he had some tough selection decisions to make – but that’s very positive – because over the last two or three months he hasn’t had any tough decisions to make, with not too many of our best players being available.

Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye are both fit and available again, and all five new players will be only too willing to help out tomorrow night – and it will be interesting to see who Alan starts, of the new boys tomorrow night.

Alan Pardew hinted that big man Moussa Sissoko – the new spokesman of Newcastle United – will very likely be in his starting eleven and play the defensive midfield role in this important game.

This is what Alan said about Sissoko:

“Sissoko is Premier League ready, it’s the signing I’m most excited about.”

Cheick Tiote hasn’t played too well this season, and he’s away at the African Cup of Nations, where it looks like the Ivory Coast are going to have another successful run, after wining their first two group games – so Cheick will be away for at least another couple of weeks, with the final being held on February 10th.

Moussa loves Newcastle, and he’s made that clear in almost every interview he’s given – and there have been a lot since he signed last week – this is the chance to show what he can do in the famous black and white shirt of Newcastle United.

So it will be great if he can start this game – and quickly get used to the fast and physical game of the Premier League – to which the 6’2″ midfielder is very well suited.

If Pardew starts Sissoko – it will be a big plus in a game we must win – and that would be our first away win of the season – and we’re almost into February.

That’s what we’re hoping for tomorrow night.

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37 comments so far

  • toonfield

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Eds been a busy man today,
    Can’t keep up with all these stories

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #2

    I think weve seen from the back four already the way the team react! Badly
    If we had proper depth at the back i wouldnt even play him let alone give the armband
    No player is bigger than the club
    Dont buy this personal reason crap either, if he desperatly needed to return home he would of retired or found another club in argentina
    He’s treid to engineer a move to his dads club, its back fired, and now AP has had to go into PR overdrive!

  • corkypants85

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Can see the headlines now super sissoko sinks villa!

  • hdavid23

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #4

    had him to score while NUFC win @ 10/1

  • mauritius island

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Debuchy Mbiwa Colo Haidara

    Sissoko Cabaye Santon

    Marveux Cisse Gouffran

    i can bet ..with this team over 4 we go

  • p

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #6

    I did say that he would start like…

    Though I thought Mbwia would also. Maybe he will just come on when Taylor gets tired.

  • Spoof

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Colo is an arrogant ungrateful tw-t, we should let him rot in the reserves for the remainder of his contract, unless he buys out his contract for the £7m it would cost him, he claims he wants to go back home for family reasons, he had 3 choices, buy out his contract and continue his career back home, retire from playing, or put your family as being second in importance to money and stay with us, he is still here with us so he has put money before his family.

  • corkypants85

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #8

    P.s looks like transfer sage was right it must be a ligit letter! Thats pissed me off wer is our letter explaining whats goin on like.

  • 5Danny94

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #9


    It’s Pardew, I’m not expecting any drastic changes… Although M’Biwa, Gouffran and Perch will probably come on in the second half.

  • p

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Spoof, yeah right, pay 60K a week to have someone in the reserves

    Are you going to pay his wages?

  • Super Magpie

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Hopefully Jonas doesn’t start LW. He’s so ineffective there that it nullifies our attack down the left.

    My team for tomorrow-
    Debuchy Saylor Colo Santon
    Anita Sissoko Cabaye
    Gouffran Cisse Marveaux

    Subs: Elliot M’Biwa Perch Bigi Obertan Jonas Shola

    That starting 11 on paper Sh*ts all over Villa’s. But games aren’t won on paper. The only position that they’re are stronger than us, is upfront with Benteke who has been a great signing for them. I wouldn’t mind us signing him if they go down which I think they will.

    Tomorrow is a must win, our most important game of the season. There are no excuses if we lose. None of this ‘ it takes time for players to settle in’. I worry if we lose tomorrow even with our new players. We could find ourselves in the bottom 3 after the Spurs game.

  • Andreas Andersson

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #12

    This is how i think we should play tomorrow

    Debuchy S.Taylor Coloccini Santon

    Anita Cabaye Sissoko Marvaux

    Cisse Gouffran

    Nice and stable, plenty of ball to feet and nice passing!

  • p

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Danny, difficult to second guess Pardew but I reckon you could be right.

    Mbwia to come for Taylor at 60 mins and maybe Gouffran for Marv a little after that. Depending on how the game is going of course, if we go 1 up no doubt he will bring Perchy on instead of going for the jugular

  • ayecanny

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #14

    i think 5Danny94 has got it bang on there.

    sissoko , cabaye and anita is a cracking midfield

    howay the lads!!

  • surreytoon

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #15

    I reckon Pards will start with:


    if nowts happening by the 55th minute Goofy for Guti, or maybe even Cisse

  • p

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #16

    I think it will be a tough match tomorrow, there is a good chance they will come out fighting.

    We have the class to overcome that but may or may not shine through.

  • ayecanny

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #17

    is Taylor fully fit now?!

  • Super Magpie

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Villa could react in two ways after their recent humiliations.
    They could come out and have a stormer or their confidence could be shattered after last week.
    An early goal for either side could set the tone for the game.
    If we score they might start to think ‘ here we go again’. The same could apply to us too.

  • Spoof

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Love him or loathe him, Colo with all thats been going on will not be in the right frame of mind

    I just hope that Pardew doesn’t use the too new excuse and play Jonas instead of Sissoko and Shola instead of Gouffran

  • mauritius island

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #20

    D Simpson Broken Toe 29th Jan 13
    H Ben Arfa Hamstring Injury 21st Feb 13
    D Gosling Knee Injury no return date
    H Vu?ki? ACL Knee Injury May 13
    R Taylor ACL Knee Injury Mar 1

    team for tomorrow

    Debuchy Mbiwa Colo Haidara

    Sissoko Cabaye Santon

    Marveux Cisse Gouffran

    ..can see santon in midfield,his new post
    watch now

  • Super Magpie

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #21

    He should be. He was on the bench for the Reading game so he will probably start tomorrow. If not, then M’Biwa should be ready.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Well he’s Captain Purple who loves the club.

    Thank goodness for that!

    Here’s me thinking he’s a money-grabbing traitor who tried to desert the club when we needed him most and should be booed out of the stadium.

    Cheers Alain we won’t upset our 7M asset.

  • keeganjr

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #23

    pl ready?? willo has never been ready and will never be ready…. put them straight into the team and let us smash villa.. they’re beyound shit

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #24

    I dont even reckon tayls is fully fit tbh and was only on the bench due to the fact we had no one else
    Also dont think he will be getting the nod infront of a lad who was club captain at 23, a full international, and guided his team to a league title
    Wait who does that sound like? Oh yeah cabaye so would everyone of been happy with cabs making a few 10 minute sub appearences when he signed? No? Same for mbiwa the lad is exactly what we need to shore up our defence not warm the bench behind a want away captain and a sick note ffs

  • Faddj

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #25

    hellaw, me and a few pals are venturing to the Aston Villa game for our first away game, if anyone else on here is going, could you get in touch and let me know where all the toon supporters are going for a drink before the game, don’t fancy a pint with the Villa fans!

    I’m on twitter, @Faddj, someone get in touch, please and thanks.

  • toonfield

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #26

    Yore right tads – no excuses for leaving mbira out. I think it will p*ss cashley off as well if the big mans left out after all the hard work mikes put in

  • toonfield

    Jan 28, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #27

    Mbiwa even

  • GFH

    Jan 28, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m getting increasingly irritated by Alan Pardews tendency to be divisive in his comments about players. When he says of Sissoko ” this is the signing I’m most excited about ” , what message is that sending to the other new guys? He could easily say that he’s really excited at signing Sissoko , and leave it open that he is ALSO excited by the others. Similarly he has been particularly critical of the younger players recently , and I wonder how he thinks this will build up their confidence. He had a reputation of big-headedness at his former clubs , but to be fair ( Everton apart) he has seemed more judicious in his time here, not making unnecessary waves , and in fact his handling of Ben Arfa was exemplary. I suspect he has been more rattled by our slump than he admits to and this is unsettling his judgement.All the new signings are exciting , we don’t need to put them in rank order.

  • Wandering Geordie

    Jan 28, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #29

    He’s in a black and white top and he will be ready for the fight.No doubt about that.I for one am glad he is still here.Support him for gods sake.

  • mauritius island

    Jan 28, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #30

    where are ze new boys..on ze header
    of this blog

  • HullMag6

    Jan 28, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Pardew and the team need to use this match as a statement of intent for the remainder of the season. Tight defending, high pace possession football go for as many goals as possible.
    Anybody else think a cheeky bid for Benteke worth doing? Unsettle villa and/or is he viable
    for us?

    As for colo, if the club could afford sakho or alderwield now then i would get them, then male him fight for his place, if he goes awol hold his registration until his contract is bought out or its enforced retirement for him.

  • Yorkgeordie

    Jan 28, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Pardew says Haidara will not feature but will go along with the team

  • lesh

    Jan 28, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Jack @ 137 two articles ago and re mine of 131 in same , here’s how the whole thing have read………

    Aplologies, I must have had a Colo letter-writing moment when posting that load of tripe!!!!

    Transfer Sage from an earlier post and re your views on Butland:

    Yes we may not need a keeper at the moment and Butland still has much to learn.

    However, with Hapeer’s contract ending soon we could extend it for another year, retaining him as a player or player/ keeper coach.

    And as Butland needs to develop further, he could do so back at Birmingham City – where he’d still be in the running for England caps.

    In the meantime, our £3.5m investemnt’s appreciating in value.

    Now if I can see it, surely MA can and I think there’s a real possibiblity it could happen this window – before his value increases?

    From a financial view, buying him makes a lot of sense in my view.

    Jack @ 125…… Even Pardew must know that if all Colo wanted to say was ‘thanks for your offer of help if I needed it’, that’s all he should have said and if his lawyers had had any input to any letter, that’s about all they would have advised him to say.

    Surely Colo’s not so daft as to issue that letter as we saw it and I wonder if his dear papa’s had his part to play in it? Wouldn’t surprise me in the least!

    Fact is, we could put him on the transfer list now at say £10m and he has the Villa game to show he wants to stay and play for us.

  • big rich nufc

    Jan 28, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #34

    Howay the lads… 3-0 tomorrow for me sissoko and cabaye to boss the midfield and mbiwa to steady the ship at the back with debuchy, things should start looking up lads, hopefully sign another striker by Thursday I see Danny graham has told Swansea he wants to leave, I would take him, local lad and would give his all for the toon, would rather bid 8mil for Carroll tho bring him home pards….

  • Rake

    Jan 28, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #35

    Not that i disagree but i think Pardew see’s it as im starting him so im really gee him up give him the confidence to be at his best for the villa game. Sissoko looks like the kind of player who will dictate a game so perhaps thats his reason?
    Either way he could have worded it better…

  • aidantoon

    Jan 28, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #36

    I would play sissoko, mapou, gouf, from the start as other players not been at the races plus Saylor not had any match practice!
    gouf on right of 3.
    come on the toon.

  • remember69

    Jan 29, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #37

    I think it would be suicide to put out a back four with only Colo having more than one game to his EPL name (as others have suggested). No matter how good the newcomers are we have to allow time for them to adapt and it has to be done with experience around them.

    Hopefully the “doom & groomers” on the site (they have been suspiciously absent since the signings…) won’t start their negative rants if the new guys don’t start.

    Fingers crossed for tomorrow night.


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