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A Star Is Born On Tyneside – Moussa Sissoko

10:16 am, Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 51 Comments

There cannot be too many new signings at Newcastle who have the immediate impact that 23 year-old Moussa Sissoko has had on Tyneside, since signing for Newcastle from Toulouse for around £2M nine days ago – although the initial plan was to get him for nothing in the summer.

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Moussa Sissoko after scoring the winner yesterday

But to their credit the club got Moussa in during January and paid Toulouse a transfer fee, and Sissoko himself have up a rich singing bonus by singing last month.

But this lad has already played two massive games for the club and his second half brace was enough to give Newcastle all 3 points and we are hoping for more of the same from the french international – and we’re sure Alan Pardew will keep his feet on the ground – giving all the adulation he’s got in his first week at the Tyneside club.

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game:

“I don’t need to say too much about him. His performance said it all.” “I first saw him 14 months ago and knew he was the one for us. We were going to do the deal in the summer but we accelerated it. My God he is paying us back handsomely.

“But don’t under-estimate Yohan Cabaye. He was magnificent. We saw some real French flair today.” “But, coming after the win at Aston Villa, this was a very important victory for us. We need to cherish it.”

Since Moussa made his debut for Toulouse back in August of 2007, when he was just 17, and he ended up playing 218 times for the French club and scored 24 goals for them and had 9 assists.

In the two games he has since played at Newcastle, he has two goals and one assist – and looks the type of player who can propel Newcastle back into the top six in the Premier League, and maybe even back into the European Companions League – and all for around £2M – an unbelievable signing.

And in case you want to celebrate the French Revolution on Tyneside – here’s two shirts TOFFS (The Old Fashioned Football Shirts) have made:

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These sell for £44.99 and can be ordered from www.toffs.com – and we are not getting anything out of this – just publicizing what’s available, given the current French Revolution at Newcastle.

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51 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    “and we are not getting anything out of this – just publicizing what’s available, given the current French Revolution at Newcastle.”

    :)

    Moussa! Moussa!

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Having his Don Perignon replaced with Lambrusco is too good for Ashley.

  • 3 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Oh the guilt.

    Jail, is there anyway I can make this up to you?

  • 4 valle // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    I was just finished writing my view on the Ba debacle and already a new thread up, so repost…

    Listen, ex players get boo’ed. Just the way of things and fair enough if you ask me. You dont support opposing players, and he chose to be an opposing player. I would have liked us to show a bit of sympathy when he finally wendt off though, as they boo’s seemed a bit much at that point. The things is though, that some players like Sir. Les who was loved by the fans still got an applause when he wendt on and then got boo’ed when he got the ball. Why did he get an applause? Because the fans realized that this was a descent bloke who didnt leave because he was gold diggin. Ba might have scored goals for us, but he is nowhere near Sir Les on the other parts. It was obvious to most fans that he was playing for himself and that top dollar move all season. Scoring goals, yes, but refusing to play Cisse even when he was free for a goalden chance.

  • 5 BelfastMagpie // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Llambias doesn’t drink wine. He drinks vodka through his eyes.

  • 6 roshan MAGPIE // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    ya JAMSHA its fox sports now instead of espn they got the rights and there won’t be sportscenter

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Newexmag,
    I am agreeing wish you alsho, the HollAnd way ish much frenDlier, not alsh ish he my frienD, he ish alsho my Lover.

  • 8 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    JFA…maybe you should get over yourself!

    …you are a big boy and you can stand by your conviction can you not? I sure as hell can stand by mine.

  • 9 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Jesper
    Ramires was booked mate,
    No ones justifying it, there pointing out that rafa should shut the fcuk up because his lad should of walked to, so the decision wasnt as pivitol as he is suggesting
    Secondly, if you are going to compare them, ramires is a late dangerous tackle in which he has left the ground and come two footed onto jonas’s standing leg, when you jump like that yoy mean it theres genuine intent
    Colo was ball watching and made a complete hash of the clearence, its not an intentional challenge

  • 10 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Great game yesterday, lots of pace and energy.
    Amazing transformation.

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    TADS…I can easily go back to the tread in question and find you comments justifying Colo’s challenge on Ba!

    …I am not comparing that challenge to Ramires – read my comment again. I was asking how you (not you in person) could justify one challenge by referring to another. Don’t you read what I write?

  • 12 beddersmag // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Sorry for repost- Ok so i have watched the full game on live stream and then sky football first as well as motd and heres my opinions. Cisse worked harder and played fairly well but should have scored and needs more goals and confidence. Gouffran looks a much better option than what we have had and works hard with pace. Sissoko is pure class, lets use him like a ya ya toure or fellani and do without shola (thank goodness we no longer need to rely on him). Jonas experience was crucial and best game this season. Wow maybe putting a right footed player on the right might be an idea (hes not the type to cut inside from the left and score so im not buying that argument). Perch is seriously underrated in dcm role and did great. Cabaye makes us tick but weak on lampards goal.The two full chs look solid when we play them together. Did you see saylor at final whistle. Thats what it means to this kid. Debuchys best game yet. Has real pace and purpose. Krul could do nothing about the wonder goals. Ok leaves me with santon. Second in motm votings and set up a couple but this kid worries me. I was screaming at the tv a couple of times when he went missing up front. Totally ignores the old arsenal string approach to team defending with the key being one full back attacks at a time. Greatgoing forward but imo costing us more defensively at the moment and needs to sort himself out a bit. Honestly at one point chelsea have us outnumbered on counter down right, colo is looking round for support and santon is jogging back. I kid you not.lots of people voting him motm do you miss this or choose to ignore it?

  • 13 toonbrother // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Fans need to moderate the expectations placed on Sissoko. Remember he scored a grand total of 2 goals last season for Toulouse and only 6 the season before. He is clearly a top draw player in many respects -passing, strength, speed and intelligence. But is he a Nolan-esque goalscorer ? I doubt it based on his past record.

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Jesper,
    It was dangerous play, no getting away from that having watched it again thanks to Toon Prodigy, but by no means was it intentional as Collo never took his eyes off of the ball if you want justification Roy Keane might have some advice.

  • 15 WWYCD // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    I am still over the moon after yesterday a wonderful match to view and some stunning performances to match

    And we still have 2 of our best to come back into the side (hopefully Tiote with a winners trophy)

  • 16 check the toastie // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Booing Ba was good fun, and he deserved everything he got, including the boot in the nose, nice one skipper :)

  • 17 toonbrother // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    @beddersmag spot on about Santon. He was a liability defensively yesterday. Exceptional going forward but needs to learn some defensive discipline

  • 18 tequilamag // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Check would you like to tell us what Pardew did wrong yesterday and why we will almost certainly get relegated.

  • 19 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Jesper
    Rough night pet? You find the justification and show me mate
    No one has justified his challenge but i think you can justify the ref not giving him a red, if it was the other way would ba of seen red? No chance they’d be harping on about whau a great effort at goal it was and defenders run the risk of getting there nose bust
    Like i said its a late challenge but ramires was much more a red than colos, thats not a justification its a fact

  • 20 WWYCD // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Jesper
    The ball was there to be won as a defender Colo had to attempt to clear it as a striker Ba had to try and put it in the net (which he nearly did) it was very brave of Ba to do what he did and fair play to him but Colo didn’t really do anything dangerous imo he just did his job, eyes on the ball the entire time and he does that kind of clearance 2 or 3 times per game

  • 21 LocalZero // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Tiote and Sissoko in the same midfield are going to destroy some teams! I can’t wait!!

  • 22 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    We’re nearer the top 10 that we are to relegation (in regards to points, the positions still need some work).

    That is amazing stuff. Can we start to look forward rather than backwards now?

  • 23 KrulG4ME // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    He’s magic you knooooow
    You’ll never get passed Sissokoooooo

  • 24 toonbrother // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    no way was it a red or yellow card offence. May have been a penalty but who cares. They still ended up taking the lead (and subsequently losing it)

  • 25 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    JFA…I never once said it was intentional – it’s still a foul and anywhere else on the pitch it would be a freekick – this was inside the penalty area so it’s a penalty.

    …the penalty wasn’t awarded and I am pretty confident was it the other was around and we felt cheated for a penalty we would be all up in the air as well,

    The incident with Ramires and Guti is a completely different incident and one cannot compare. You cannot justify one challenge by referring to another.

    I know what I read a few threads back and I am just mystified by it that’s all!

  • 26 Tino asprilla // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Check- absolutely spot on he has no loyalty to nufc so i have no loyalty to him. And to all sayin without his goals we be bottom n that what about if we didnt have a bad egg and mercenary in our team we might be top 6? We dont know. All i know is there’s only 1 greedy bassad

  • 27 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Is Jesper arguing the decision or the fact some fans, last night, were justifying it simply on the basis that they should have had a red?

    We’ve been down this misinterpretation road before.

    Jesper, some clarity.

    Everyone….calm yourselves, it’s a happy day.

    Say it with me now

    “We beat Chelsea 3-2, I am a happy person, H A P P Y”

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    *was = way

  • 29 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Check
    I was like Carroll getting booked for diving but better.

    Perfect result.

  • 30 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    There we have it then :)

  • 31 Lu-toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    A Star Is Born On Tyneside ‘Graham Car’

  • 32 check the toastie // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Best football for a long long time, miles better than anything that was served up last year.The intent to play in the right way from the first whistle, Perchy and Cabaye being superb in the first 15minutes was just a joy to behold. I Credit Pardew for this.

    I will give credit when credit is due, do i want Marv to play next game for Jonas, Yep, however i could understand why Jonas played yesterday, once we setup, basically had a brief to stop Ashley Cole, fair idea, the notion that he now needs to babaysit Santon is rubbish as Goofy can play that side, down our left now is going to be great.

    From Krul to Cisse everybody put a shift in, and the idea of playing Sissoko just in front of a midfield two is inspired, well done Parsnip, you might make a manager of the Toon yet.

    Best performance and Game in years.

  • 33 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Ibiza…I am mystified that some people can justify Colo’s challenge on Ba just because Ramires got away with a two footed challenge on Guti!

  • 34 KrulG4ME // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Tell all the boys you knowooo
    We have the best midfield in the world.
    Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Cabaye, and Sylvain Marveueuxooo.

  • 35 tequilamag // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Check fair play for giving credit where it was due.

  • 36 Lu-toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    This Man is Forgiven on Tyneside. ‘Collocini’

  • 37 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Jesper…I thought that was your point. Anyway, let’s get the party started again.

    Everyone do your shots and join the conga…

    Check the toastie…You beautiful b*st*rd :) Fair play. Glad you finally got a game worth watching this season, it’s been a tough old slog so far.

  • 38 magpie6699 // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Too much talk about Colo’s challenge, Ramires etc – not just on here. David (sh*t-Collocini) Luiz should have got a red last season – what goes around comes around. Let’s just focus on the sheer quality of football we played against the team 3rd in the table who have top players in their side, a £50 million striker as a sub etc. This wasn’t a “let’s clog the stars and throw them off their stride” performance, there was some real classy play out there – and from players just getting to know each other’s play.
    As for Sissoko, what surprised me was his stamina; not only did he last till a (tactical) substitution at 90 minutes, he actually produced some of his strongest runs in the last quarter of the game. I’m sure he can’t produce performances like that all game every game but I’m drooling at the thought of watching Benny “The glide” and Moussa ‘The power” on the same pitch!

  • 39 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    TDS…I am not going to go into this with you mate!

    …you can to choose to misread my post all you like (don’t care)

  • 40 yorkymag // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    And now your going to believe us
    Just how good Sissoko is ,he never once wasted the ball seems to wonder around at walking pace and injected pace to die for ,his goals were great but when he left Ashley cole for dead you could feel the crowd take a massive gasp wow
    Great players always have time he had time every time he got the ball
    I described him as the new Viera he is better on yesterday’s performance
    It was worth the price of my season ticket just for yesterday

  • 41 Bobby Martins 37 // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    My thoughts on the Chelsea Game
    Fair Play to Pardew : Pardew was saying specially in the offseason that if he had the right players he could play proper football (no hoofing) and that for that you need to build your attack from the back which obviously reflected on Simpson and Williamson. No offense to them but they are old fashioned British defenders who love a tackle but are just not housed in the technical side of the game. But once he got Debuchy and kudos to Steve Taylor he makes an effort to adjust his game to play with Colo. Pardew got the team to play a high pressing game and even when we were 2-1 down he didn’t panic and bring Shola. He left Gouffran and we all saw the benefit.
    Gouffran : This guy has been such a pleasant surprise. He has what you can in the NBA “court smarts”. The way he dropped down and held possession and knew when and whom to pass in the right corridor to open up counter attacks was commendable when some one else would have just passed it back to a defender putting extra pressure to go route one. More and all, this guy was a big reason we were able to play proper football. Totally unselfish and team player.
    Cisse : Needs to calm down. Ba is gone now and he should just relax and start banging them in like he did last season.
    Santon : 2 assists were class specially the first delivery shows he has made progress in his crossing until then he was struggling in that department. Needs to be used more as wing back in a diamond formation.
    Debuchy : Good as advertised but little concerned about a chink in his armour. It happened at Villa and yesterday. Long ball played behind him with a taller opponent winning the header for a lay off.
    Guiterrez : Fantastically headed goal and battler but lack of crossing really a knockdown.
    Cabaye & Sissoko : Priceless
    NUFC Board : Compliments well deserved. But lucky looking at the Sissokho transfer, he was watched by them over 2 yrs. It seems apparent they were waiting for him to run his contract down to the bare minimum for them to bid a low price or just sign him on a free transfer but this strategy could back fire since other clubs could have bought him. Interesting article in Goal.com which quotes Arsenal and Tottenham tip toeing over Diamme on his release clause when they could have easily gone for Sissokho. I hope the board is more aggressive with future targets.
    Southern press nay sayers and Anti-Newcastle Utd Phil Thompson on Soccer Saturday kiss where the sun don’t shine. Just see the celebration of the players in front of the bench, it was one of the best I have seen ever
    To end it all, common NUFC fans, hated Demba not when he left but the fact he said Chelsea was bigger club and all that comments but the guy was a big reason we went 5th and leaving the field with a broken nose. It would have been nice to give a quiet clap

  • 42 toontillidie // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    and people said we needed a top striker if he can put 2 in against chelsea think what he can do against lower opposition Sissoko rules !!!!!! HWTL

  • 43 northernirishtoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    I wouldn’t worry too much about colos challenge yesterday

    If everyone remembers the same fixture last year David luiz brought down demba when he was clean through on goal after only a few minutes of the game starting

    He was given a yellow card (absolute joke) and Chelsea went on to win 2-0

    Swings in roundabouts

  • 44 toontillidie // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    @ 33 Colo should have broke his legs lmao would teach the guy to run out on us

  • 45 beddersmag // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Toonbrother

    Cheers for the back up on santon. Dont get me wrong i rate him and should come good just sometims i think people are blinded by his attacking play and miss him failing at what hes really there for. On sissoko, my mate says he has seen a lot of him and never plays that far forward so we might can expect a few more goals? and credit to pards for deploying him in that role when conventional wisdom would have suggested it should be cabaye

  • 46 beddersmag // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Yorkie

    Missed it live but we had that wow moment too on tv. All i could think about was what it was like to hear 52000 jaws drop. Im assumin the atmosphere was special then?

  • 47 yorkymag // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Bedders mag
    Magnifique
    Simply brilliant ,when reflecting on the game it was not just the performance but against the quality opposition it was special
    I have not seen sjp jump like that for many years
    We should have been 3 nil up at half time ,Chelsea had 20 mins when pardew dragged Sissoko deeper ,he is still a tactical worry but not for now
    Just looking forward to the rest of the season
    I can’t imagine what benny is going to be like with Sissoko,debucey and cabaye slipping the ball into space for him .

    Allez le villa

  • 48 Lu-toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Jesper.
    I come in peace me fellow Toon fan

    I honestly think no one needs to justifies Collos challenge full stop. We all agree it was non-intentional, I can see what case you are trying to put across about it being a foul if it was anywhere else on the pitch, but are we not all crying out for the game to keep to its roots as best as it possibly can, let the game flow and let men be men as we have known the game to be for so long. Lets not loose the identity of our fine English game being tougher than the rest of the world, yes we are tactically inept compared to other countries, but we have always been proud that our game is for sterner men.
    The ball was there to be won for both men, and both went for it. Collo’s body position was of that, that he only had one way of going for the ball, and he caught Ba. He had no choice but to attack the ball the way he did. Would you rather he didn’t do what he done, because we would all be talking about how weak and how no desire was shown to win the ball especially when a goal against would’ve been the punishment.

    For me it was no free kick.

  • 49 yorkymag // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Sorry ville not villa

  • 50 hdavid23 // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Jesper,
    we’re not justifying it because of Ramires’s challenge… we’re doing it because on one hand it wasn’t intentional and on the other hand it wasn’t even a penalty… if he catches Ba in the act of heading the ball, or even before that, then yes, it’s a penalty… but he kicked him AFTER Ba headed the ball wide… and he didn’t even look at Ba before or doing the kick, he went for the ball

  • 51 zon1985 // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Gouffran is surprisingly good.
    Santon is awesome with his assists and he is getting better both defensively and attacking.
    S.Taylor play his heart out for the team, we are missing his influence in the team for the past months, a potential captain in the making if he wasnt consistently injured.
    Jonas was having a decent game, he works hard for the team and the header was a bonus and confidence boost for him. But his crossing is really awful. To me, he is more suited for a defensive role and should be on the pitch if we are holding for a win.
    Cisse -I am not worried about him. He will start scoring like crazy very soon.
    Sissoko is really an excellent capture this summer. He has real pace and strength and the moment when he run past ashley cole and manage to take a decent shot against cech i know this guy is gonna make it big in the league.
    Am really excited when arfa and tiote is back.
    Keep the starting eleven against chelsea but swap jonas with arfa, perch with tiote we will have a terrific starting eleven that will scared the hell out of every team in epl.




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