This New Arrival Has Really Impressed Alan Pardew

Maybe one of the most exciting players to arrive at Newcastle over the last few years is 23 year-old French international box-to-box midfielder Moussa Sissoko, and he’s certainly made an instant impact with the Newcastle fans, that’s for sure.

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Moussa Sissoko – in action for France against Japan

Moussa may be the only one of the four players who arrived last week at the club from France, to start tonight against Aston Villa in what is another  crucial game for the Magpies.  Alan Pardew said as much in his press conference yesterday – before he left with the squad for tonight’s game at Villa Park.

Alan Pardew has also picked out Moussa as probably the most important signing in the January transfer window for the club, and we have to remember Moussa gave up a big signing bonus he would have received in the summer as a free agent – to join Newcastle this month.

That tells you something of the commitment this lad already has to the club – and Newcastle were only too willing to pay the £2M fee (estimate) to get him to the club last Friday.

This is what Alan Pardew has said about the 5 times capped 6’2″ French International:

“Of all the signings, Sissoko was probably the most important for myself because I think he’s a player who is adapted for the Premier League.” “His strength and his ability will automatically gain him the assurance he needs to play at this level and we needed a player like that.”

“I thought we were missing power and pace in the side and I make no bones about it, he will definitely play at Villa.”

It will be interesting to see how this lad performs tonight – and it will probably be in the defensive midfield position,  open right now because Cheick Tiote is off at the African Cup of Nations again, and will not return until mid-February.

Moussa can also play in an attacking midfield position – so we’ll probably see him in both roles tonight.

But what’s true is that Moussa is a fantastic signing for Newcastle – and at a bargain basement price too.

Howay The Lads!!

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32 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Ian…..from previous

    Owen’s arrival wasn’t instant success but he got us 7 goals in his first 10 games before injury….if he never got injured he would have been a great buy, just injury ruined him and he lost all his drive and pace.


    Jan 29, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Sissoko beside Cabs with either Tiote or Anita heck of a midfield

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 29, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m a big critic of this board.
    SA- KK- JFK- AS – OMG
    Sacking CH –
    SDA – SJP
    Plenty to moan about, but when Ashley is involved and the deals get done, we’re usually on the right side of the deal.
    Lots of great players at very cheap prices.
    Congrats for getting five players in. Not easy to do.

  • estechco

    Jan 29, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Missed the thread about playing 3 at the back, but it got me thinking too…

    Saylor Collocini MYM
    Debuchy Santon
    Anita/Marveaux Cabaye
    Gouffran Cisse


  • estechco

    Jan 29, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Layout didn’t quite work, but you get the point?

  • TorqToon

    Jan 29, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Just so I know…if things don’t go our way tonight during the game – can I expect the neggers to come online and moan yet again? Or are even the doom and gloom merchants going to be realistic and show some faith and support in the lads?


    Jan 29, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7

    The former over the latter mate

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 29, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Love how Sissoko is Pardew’s new blue eyed boy!!!!

    Maybe he will take the mantle away from Jonas and Shola?!?!

    People have been thinking about formations and stuff got me thinking what would people say to Sissoko playing right wing?!As he done it for France in a few games including against Spain the last time they played which France totally dominated them for long spells

    Just that Midfield 3 of Cabaye, Anita and Marveux works really well for me with a bit more luck against Reading we would have been 3 nil up it was this combo that were pulling the strings I would prefer them to have another game together

    Just feel Villa’s fullbacks are terrible we should be looking to overlap them with Debuchy and Sissoko at every opportunity try get 2 goals up quite early just to kill the game off

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #9


    Any news on PEA?

    I heard a whispering we would be offering a bid around £10mil…take it or leave it so to say.

  • Dannyo

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    We thought we had a heck of a midfield last season too, look at where we are now 😛
    Jokes aside, a win today is all that matters. A draw will feel like a loss.
    Sissoko is a tower of power, something we’ve needed in midfield imo, atleast the tower part 😉

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #11

    santon new maldini……

    No idea….haven’t seen much of him. It he can play that role then why not.

    I’d like his drive in the middle of the park though an to shift marvoux out to the wing, but alow him to come inside like we do with benny.

  • curmon

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #12

    If Pardew plays Willo ever again he should be fired immediately.

    I have a funny feeling he will play him tonight, I hope I am wrong, but if he does it will just go to show how stupid he is.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #13


    All the neggers (a word most of us decided no to use) love the Toon. They find fault where others are happy, but that’s life. They say things can always be improved and failure to criticise means you are accepting mediocrity/status quo.

    People like a moan.


  • naptoon

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #14

    if we lose tonite realistically we are staring relegation in the face the signings are the only point of optimism … defeat tonite will bring most people down and full of doom … until next match. 🙂
    anyway i think we could scrape a win in a scrappy match ( realistically ).
    2-1 cisse brace

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Can’t wait for tonight,really hope they let Anita take the set pieces if he play’s,his delivery from dead balls is better than Cabaye’s imo.Defending dead-ball’s has been 1 of Villa’s weaknesses.


    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #16

    Aye a bit of height and strength in the middle of the park is what we have missed Tiote is big and strong but fairly short, Anita is a midget, Marv is a wimp and Cabs is the same as Tiote

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #17

    Santonmaldini , the fact that u put santon in the same line as maldini means u are mad. And I know Sissoko can play on right but not in my book…..

  • stuart no9

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #18

    tork toon @ 6 stop causing trouble – stop being a cretin , and grow up man ffs.

  • ballerfan2

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #19

    Interesting that a lot of the optimism of the last few days is giving way to a real nervousness about tonight’s game. Did anyone hear RobLee on talks port this morning – very downbeat about the acquisition of our French players, questions their ability to get up to speed quickly enough. My opinion is that M’bia and Sissoko are a huge step up in quality over Willo and Perch much as I admire their commitment to our team. I do hope that these two start tonight. The team need this injection of positive mentality as I believe this is what has been missing over the last couple of months or so. We have played the best teams with determination and have looked good without getting the results. This has added the pressure against teams we have been expected to beat, creating nervousness and negativity in the minds of too many players. A few good results will see the confidence flooding back. Lets hope it starts tonight.

  • fergies left foot

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #20

    Why on earth is sky showing sunderland-swansea instead of our/citys game? does anyone know if theres a replay tonight maybe? channel?

  • barkintoonfan9

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #21


    You are right there are far to many (questionable) fans who are to quick to point the finger on why the club is doing to shiz. Everyone needs to back the team 100percent now. Mike Ashley has shown his passion for the club and we quality players. Honestly though Pardew really has no excuse now. He has to deliver (career defining moment for him).

  • naptoon

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #22

    people were pointing the finger and full of doom because they did not want to see our club be relegated for the second time under ash. ash has stepped up to the mark, but he took his time doing it, the questionable fans are the ones who were happy before the signings seeing us slide toward relegation. you obviously werent at the reading match where about a quarter of real fans left b4 the end and 3/4 of those left behind showed what the real fans felt about the way we were heading … dont preach keyboard warrior

  • toontillidie

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #23

    this is the formation i think we will see tonight :



  • stuart no9

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #24

    barkin you obviously dont care where we end up this season- i do.
    I f you want to call me a negger – fair enough. i was one of the doom and gloom merchants that were ranting on that i wasnt happy with pards or ashley, and why? it dosnt take a mackem to work that out. maybe – just maybe if it hadnt been for everybody screaming at him to buy someone, would we have the players he has just went out and bought????, but if every one just keeps quiet and accepts everything, we wont get anywhere – then we get relegated , then youll f////king moan.

  • toontillidie

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #25

    lmao i missed out the midfield

    —–cabs —perch ——

  • tweaked

    Jan 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #26

    str8 up 4-3-3 for me


  • ballerfan2

    Jan 29, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Stuart no9 – you are very quick to judge anyone who has a different perspective to yourself. Just because we don’t want to moan about everything doesn’t mean we don’t care. Have you not considered the possibility that criticising the playing staff all the time is only helping to continue their downward spiral in confidence, which is one of the most important qualities any performer/ player has to enable them to perform at their best. Supporting them is in no way an acceptance of what is happening but an encouragement to help them get back to their best, hopefully.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Jan 29, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #28

    If he is fit, I think Steve Taylor will start for half a game at least.He needs games to get up to speed.

  • naptoon

    Jan 29, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #29

    barkintoonfan9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    You are right there are far to many (questionable) fans who are to quick to point the finger on why the club is doing to shiz. Everyone needs to back the team 100percent now. Mike Ashley has shown his passion for the club and we quality players. Honestly though Pardew really has no excuse now. He has to deliver (career defining moment for him).


    barkintoonfan9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    shut up toon brother! if we didnt have collo we wouldbe rock bottom!

    imagine having williamson partnering anyone else? taylor injured, who would he partner? Not event he best cb in the world could stop other teams from scoring, willow has to be one of the worst players to put on the shirt!

    questionable fans indeed and for you aswell ballerfan2.

  • stuart no9

    Jan 29, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #30

    ballerfan2 @27 – you are missing the point. people said on this blog – it is no good booing the manager when he makes a bad sub – it is not good for the team. what happened when we booed him against reading , all the boos reverberating around the ground? was that no good for the team?? the week after ashley bought 4 players ! coincidence ????

  • ballerfan2

    Jan 29, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Do you really think that the booing was responsible for Ashley buying these players? Has the fan’s reaction ever affected Ashley into spending money? No. It was the defeat and the manner of it (the mental capitulation having been in control). He recognised that the players were psychologically bereft and drained of confidence. The addition of just one or perhaps even two players might not be sufficient to change that mindset. Hence the extensive injection of players untainted by the current squad’s malaise. Certainly I don’t believe for one minute that the crowd reaction had anything to do with Ashley’s response. What the booing would achieve though was the loss of any lingering positive attitude in the players on the pitch.

  • stuart no9

    Jan 29, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #32

    ballerfan2 @81 i nnever said it was the reason why ash bought 4 players. i said ” coincidence ” . you seem quick to pick up things people have not said. we played reading – booed the manager – let him and ash know we wernt happy- 5 days later we have 4 new players. i cant say that the booing caused ash to buy new players, on the other hand you cant say it wasnt. you can quess what it was, like you have done, but that is only your opinion. coincidence ????????


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