Pardew Hoping New French Players Fitter For Chelsea Game

Both Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran ran out of steam a bit in the second half at Villa Park on Tuesday night, and manager Alan Pardew is hoping those two key players for Newcastle will be able to last longer through the second half against reigning European Champions Chelsea tomorrow afternoon at St. James’ Park.

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Moussa Sissoko in action at Villa Park

Apparently they both got attacks of cramp in the second half – so maybe some salt tablets before the Chelsea game will help with that.

This is what Alan Pardew said today about his new twosome:

“I’m hoping some of the cramp that Moussa and Yoan sustained was probably because it was their debuts.” “The French had an off-season period so we’re going to be concerned about those two for Chelsea, but we do get an extra day’s rest and I do think that is significant.”

“It evens it up, so that is a factor in the game.” “Sometimes the first game you can get by with the adrenaline and everything but the second game can be a bit more difficult.” “We’ll focus on those guys for the second game – their level must stay the same.”

Both Sissoko and Gouffran played well at Aston Villa, with Moussa simply a powerhouse in the middle of the park for Newcastle, and Yoan showing great movement and skill up front – and mainly playing to the left of Papiss Cisse – who looked in good form and scored a great opportunist goal to put Newcastle ahead in the game, after he was brilliantly put through by Sissoko.

Pardew also said that Newcastle knocked back a few enquiries about some of Newcastle top players yesterday, on the final day of the transfer window:

“I was involved in it two years ago when big Andy left.” “This year we’ve done our work early and got in the players we think we needed but definitely no-one was going out.”

If we can get some decent results in our final 14 games of the season and keep all our top players in the summer, we should have the best squad we’ve had in a long time come next September.

Here’s hoping.

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20 comments so far

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Im not clapping and cheering for someone who behaved like that for NUFC. Not a hope.

    I hope sissoko goes straight through him within the first 5 minutes.

    Welcome back to ST JAMES Demba!

  • wolfshead@toon

    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    will ba play? hes in form thats why hes on the bench ahead of an out of form striker benitez is a bigger tactical genius than pards haha

  • rainrix

    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3


    I think with ba we all pretty much knew what was coming from day 1 really. He left west ham rather ruthlessly with that clause and then in last january we learnt of his current clause. Summer would’ve been the best time to get rid of him.

    I think at the end of the day we all knew he’d jump ship the second a decent offer came for him. So really we got more than our value for money and he always tried his hardest when he was on the pitch, albeit he was greedy.

    2mil max expenditure 1 1/2 year of consistent goalscoring and a 5 mil profit at the end of it. I think its hard to be too bitter, he left in a bad way but it was hardly surprising either.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Benitez just sticks with torres as he wants to show he can bring him back to his best cause of his ego.

    Torres is still a danger but not the same player as he has lost his extra pace which is what was his main weapon…same thing happened to owen.

  • Beattie25

    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Demba Ba will not receive a warm welcome from me.

    The fact that he scored so many goals this season was down to greed, selfishness and individuality.

    Everytime he got the ball he wanted to shoot. 40 yards or 6 yards.

    He signed because we gave him the best contract, he refused to sign a new one to give him leverage to move when he wanted and he exclaimed that he had ‘made it’ when Chelsea gave him more money.

    Not once did he say ‘I moved to Chelsea to win trophies’. He said ‘it’ll be easier to score with world class players’.

    The man is the epitome of modern football and the greed that surrounds it. Ever since Hoffenheim he has been dreaming of the big pay day.

    I can guarantee that for him playing at NUFC and not competing for trophies at 100k a week and playing at Chelsea and competiting for trophies on 90k a week wouldn’t be a hard choice, he’d go for the extra 10k at NUFC.

    Every good player will leave good memories of good performances, but it is their legacy that ultimately dictates the success of their time on Tyneside. What has Demba Ba left us other than a void to fill and a few good performances.

    Why is he deserving of acclaim?


    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Do u really believe any of our current squad are any different?

  • TorqToon

    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Sage – Do you not think Ba will start tomorrow due to the fact he will be up against us? I reckon he will get the nod ahead of Torres.

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m not booing Ba like, just not on after everything he did for us.
    Are marveaux/ben arfa/simpson/gosling/ryan taylor back yet?

  • yorkymag

    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #9

    I hope so
    I think with a bit of gentle nudging from taylor or collo
    There is every chance Ba will get himself sent off

  • The_Toon

    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #10

    A top half finish and reaching the final stages of Europa league will be a success for this season I guess… Lets just make sure we can gain massive points in the next 5 games (10 out of 15 points) then focus on Europa

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #11

    I think that now Pards has got so to speak the tools he needs for the job it will be easier to judge him now, I myself was losing faith in him very quickly but thought a lot of the criticism he was getting was unfair as he wasn’t even half backed to the extent he has been this time, so I suppose now is judgement time for him, I just hope he keeps his gob shut for a bit and let his team and points gained do his talking for him, I wasn’t impressed with his comments after the Villa game when asked what happened in the second half he smirked and then replied the French lads legs went, should have been bigging the all up after the excellent starts they made.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #12


    No idea, i’d rather torres start. Benitez is a moron so it’s a total lottery.


    I think other players seem to play as they like the club and also to get a good wage, Ba seemed totally oriented on getting a move away. His agents have never shut up about it, he could have easily dismissed this or told them to shut up, he basically allowed all this to go on and was constantly thinking of his next club.

    Its something he did throughout his career

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #13


    100% agree.

  • Rowan Milsted

    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #14

    My team for Chelski:


    If French players are tiring we could bring Perch or Guti on for Sissoko (ideal if we’re winning with 10-15 mins to play) and Obers for Gouffran (he’s a better late sub than a starter).

    It’s a fairly narrow formation but Santon and Debuchy can provide width. If they go forward, Anita and/or Sissoko can drop. Sissoko and Cabaye will be strong in the middle and provide service for Cisse, with Gouffron and Marveaux coming in off the flanks and pulling defenders around.


    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Sorry I disagree on Ba not playing like he liked the club when he was here he gave his all and played with a smile on his face hence why he became a crowd favorite imo

    His agents did what agents do only difference to his and anyone elses they have always had a release clause to play with if HBA, Cabs or Tiote did their agents would be doing the same and why would the player stop that? Its in their best interest all round

  • croftus5678

    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #16

    i’ll be booing all of chelsea or doing anything i can to put any and all chelsea players off aswell as cheering our lads on ! heres to a sore throat guys 🙂

    high hopes goofy gets his 1st goal for us aswell and not that fussed if mbiwa is on the bench and saylor is in if he plays like he did against villa as the lad did me proud and was like the saylor of old.

    would like guti to be left out though just to prove that he can leave him out when he’s fit ^^

  • Beattie25

    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #17


    Yes I do.

    I think every player want’s to be here and are focused on NUFC. (maybe other than Ben Arfa who seems to me to want to play at NUFC for the project rather than the money) .

    I think most players would seriously consider big offers but wouldn’t actively peruse them like Ba did.

    Ba was on a goal bonus and played for himself, our current guys look to play as a team despite being on a goal bonus.

    Ba is very different to our current players. I think our current team have dreams of winning medals where as Ba had dreams of winning a big wage.

    Guarantee Ba will be playing in Saudi Arabia in 2-3 years.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #18


    he played with a smile on his face when he got his own way

    when he was on the left and cisse was getting the praise he sat and sulked on the bench like a spoiled child.

    Miss his talent but glad he is gone, don’t miss the man. He isn’t a team player, its all about whats in it for me with him.

    Gouffran said he would do a job where he was told which is the kind of player you want.


    Feb 1, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #19

    I would put money down that every single one of our star players agents are trying to get moves every window

    Most of our current crop came for more money that what they were on and they all have bonuses worked into their contract

    Ba can play for money but he signed for the CL champions who compete for trophies every year…we dont

    Good luck to Ba as far as am concerned

  • josstoon time

    Feb 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #20


    i couldnt agree more with what you,ve said about demba ba. we all knew he’d go as soon as a better offer came in that suited him. all this ” im happy, i love newcastle etc etc was all a stalling until he could jump ship. it makes me seeth that the geordie faithful can support him with support and endearment but it cannot be honestly reciprocated. f**k him….would love it if we beat them tomoz !!!!!


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