Newcastle have made some great acquisitions over the last two or three years but none could be better than the deal that took Moussa Sissoko to Newcastle for just £1.8M last month – what an absolute steal – and the initial plan was to bring the lad in during the summer as a free agent but Newcastle wanted him last month – and Sissoko wanted to come – and in just two games for Newcastle and two wins – Moussa Sissoko is already a hero on Tyneside.
Newcastle United’s great Moussa Sissoko
Moussa could line up with Yohan Cabaye tonight in France at the Stade de France – when the home side takes on Germany – after news around France over the weekend when Moussa was simply brilliant for Newcastle when we beat the European Champions Chelsea 3-2 with two comeback goals from the 6’2″ French International – in a game for the ages – so it’s hardly surprising that Didier Deschamps wants to start the 23 year-old tonight.
Moussa had this to say today in the local Newcastle papers:
“I could never have imagined making such a good start to my time at Newcastle. My first home game was against Chelsea, the European champions, and we managed to win and scored two goals.”
“I was very happy on a personal level, although it was a collective performance from the whole team. We all played a big game.” “At Newcastle, I have been asked to take the game to the opposition. I am playing in a more forward role and I can express myself.
“This is the championship for me. This is the one that fits my style best. The last few weeks at Toulouse were not easy, so when Newcastle offered me the chance to join in January then I did not hesitate.” “I know it is a very good club and I am still getting to know it.”
“It was not a surprise to play in the No 10 role as I discussed this with the manager Alan Pardew when I first arrived. He told that would be my role in my first two matches.” “I had already played there with Toulouse so I knew the position and I did my best. I think playing there for Newcastle will help my progression.”
“Toulouse is a good team with quality players, but offensively there were some difficulties – even if this season was better than the previous one.” “With Newcastle, the team is really more focused on going forward. It is better for me to show my qualities.” “I am happy to be with the squad.”
“So many positive things have happened to me recently and I hope I can continue this with France.” “I have a lot more experience than when I was first called into the French squad.” “I feel much better as a footballer compared to my first few appearances.” “Back then I was young and shy. I didn’t dare to take any risks.
“But after everything that has happened to me, I will show all my qualities if I am called upon to play.”
Alan Pardew had promised Newcastle fans two years ago when he first arrived, that he would play good attacking football as the Newcastle manager.
And after almost three months of losing 10 league games out of the 13 played, we have finally got back into playing some good attractive and attacking football – with that long high ball into the box nowhere to be seen.
It’s a good start for this new Newcastle side, but we now have to see how we can get a win at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon – and certainly Moussa Sissoko will be a big part of the game for Newcastle.
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