Newcastle’s new hero Moussa Sissoko has again talked to the local papers today – and has said how his team-mates have helped him big time since he signed a week last Friday, and the French International has now given two stalwart performances in the middle of the park for Newcastle at Aston Villa and at home to Chelsea on Saturday – two games that Newcastle have won, and we are now 6 points above the relegation zone.
Moussa Sissoko – fantastic game on Saturday
In the interviews Moussa has given since he arrived on Tyneside – Newcastle must be doing a lot of things right these days, because he has praised the club, the players and the manager – Alan Pardew – who seems to have handled all the new arrivals with consummate man-management skills.
This is what Sissoko said today:
“When I signed I knew full well the position Newcastle were in but I didn’t have any fears.” “The first half of the season Newcastle had a lot of injury problems and they couldn’t perhaps put out the full team they wanted to.”
“In the second half of the season it’s going to be very different with the new signings bringing a boost to the team. I’m very happy to be here. We’re going to play to our strengths, do as well as we can and finish the season as high as we possibly can.”
“I simply wanted to celebrate this goal with my team-mates.” “Ever since I’ve arrived they’ve been absolutely fantastic with me. They’ve helped me, supported me, encourage me and I just wanted to go out and thank them.”
“I can only thank the manager, too, for saying those nice words about me. Since I arrived here he’s always told me what he expects of me.” “He’s told me he’s seen a lot of me previously in France.” ” He said he knew I’d succeed if I continue playing like that.”
“I told him I’ll do my best in each and every match so I don’t let him down and he just basically congratulated me.” “He told me to continue playing like this and I’ll be a fantastic success in the Premier League. I thanked him.”
“The public supported me 100% all the way through – each match I play in I try to give 100%. I’m absolutely delighted with the support. I work hard.”
Newcastle will be trying to end up as high as we can in the league table by the end of May, and we now have 27 points from our 25 games – but our goal difference is hopeless at -11.
Hopefully we can finish a lot higher up than our current 15th position in the league – and wins is what will allow us to do that – and Moussa Sissoko – of course.
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