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.
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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