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.
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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