Newcastle’s French Players Already Having Big Impact

Moussa Sissoko has wasted no time in putting in two top class performances for Newcastle in the short time he’s been at Newcastle, although when we signed him manager Alan Pardew had said he was made to measure for the Premier League with his powerful physique, and the energy he has on the football field.

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Moussa Sissoko – settled in very quickly

But it seems even Alan Pardew is surprised at just how well Moussa is playing after only a couple of games in the tough Premier League, and of course players take different amounts of time to settle in at a new club.

One good example of a player who has taken time to settle in  is Sylvain Marveaux, who joined us 18 months ago from Rennes, but of course Sylvain also had some injuries to contend with in that time – but he’s now playing very well for Newcastle and is a mite unlucky not be in the starting eleven.

Both Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran have been thrust immediately into the first team,  and so was Mathieu Debuchy when he arrived earlier last month, but Yanga-Mbiwa must challenge Steven Taylor for a starting position in central defense, through the end of the season.

Alan Pardew talked about the new players and that Sylvain has taken some time to settle in:

“Sylvain Marveaux we’ve had for a long time and he’s taken time to adapt, but he’s beginning to grasp it and he did a nice little cameo again at the weekend.”  “Some players can and some players can’t fit in straight away and you have to find time for those players who don’t find it easy.”

“With Sissoko in particular, he’s got a physique that bodes well for the Premier League and an energy system that’s geared to the Premier League and I think that’s what’s made him settle so quickly.”  “I think the game he’s had against Chelsea has probably taken him to perhaps a little bit higher profile than we expected at this stage, but we’ll take that and hopefully he can build on it.”

But given the position Newcastle were in the league table just a couple of weeks ago, we’ve needed those good performances from some of our new players, and thankfully that’s exactly what we’ve been getting, and hopefully we can keep climbing away from the relegation zone in the final stretch of what’s been a difficult season for Newcastle.

Finally, the truth is that Sissoko has been fantastic so far in a black and white shirt,  and we’ll need the Frenchman in top form today, if we are to get anything from the game at Tottenham Hotspur, that kicks off in a couple of hours from now.

Howay The Lads!!

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21 comments so far

  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 9, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    With regards to Debuchy, you can see him improving game on game I think.

    In particular, his ability/motivation to block crosses has got a lot better since Norwich. At first he was just letting them whip the ball in.

  • magpie6699

    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    TDS – I agree. He will get caught out, as will most full backs at some time, but he is improving game by game and everyone agrees the PL takes time to adapt to. Whatever we think of him now, Enrique was the best left back we’d seen at the club for a while, particularly defensively – but he was ropey the first season he came.

  • Grafton83

    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    Moussa went straight in the fantasy team this weekend, another 2 goals are just the ticket, this boy is a beast, it’s great he picked us from all the clubs that must have been interest in him, can’t wait to see him play today. Great times.

  • toon1707

    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Why is mbiwa breathing down Taylor’s neck. Yes colo is the captain and a very good defender but I honestly think a fit Steven Taylor is better than colo most people won’t agree but that’s my opinion as you know with Taylor he loves the club and throws his body in to every tackle and block he makes might not be as technical as colo but makes up for that on sheer grit and determination

  • tequilamag

    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Debuchy is improving but I would not say he has been outstanding yet. The pen he gave away against Villa was rash to say the least. If Simmo had made that challenge he would have been lynched. Having said that I am still happy we have got him in and am sure he will improve over the rest of the season.

  • dmac

    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #6

    I was at the villa game and it was never a pen. He dived all game it was a disgrace. Im assured when Debuchy is on the ball he oozes class.

  • check the toastie

    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Parsnip trying to make excuses to why Marv hasnt played more games, Bullshit, he should have been playing more end of. Sammy, Fergy, Jonas all been in front of him, just a major f##kup in my eyes.

  • tequilamag

    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #8

    dmac, it was a soft pen but the point is there was no need to make any sort of challenge as the ball was heading out of the box.

  • tequilamag

    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Cheese toastie, reverting to form I see.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #10


    I know you’re completely unaware, but you are actually stretching really hard to criticise the man – it really does seem unhealthy.

    Just take a break, it’s getting a bit weird – you seem to have some kind of personal vendetta against a man you’ve never met.

  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Today only the second time this season we can field colo tiote and cabaye, the trio who would control games last season, only other time was vs sunderland who we bossed til tiote got sent off.

    Says it all but weve never been closer to full strength than today only really missing hatem (who in all fairness is our best player)….but today we can see what we are really made of.


    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #12

    I,ve said this before, and i,ll say it again, Taylor should be in the England squad, he was an U-21 Captain for England you know!

    The Spuds saw how Sissoko last week against Chelski and will be trying to man-mark him? This will give, i think Goeffy en Cisse more space to oprerate at the front! I really think we have a chance of beating them. If we play half as good and with half as much passion as we did against Chelski then we do stand a chance of winning against them!


    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #13

    Will Marveaux play today? Where does he fit in the team? I can only think of Gutierrez being dropped for him but that will mean him playing on the wing which he doesn’t like and not fast enough to play there and Gutierrez won’t be dropped. I can’t see who he will come in for. Perch? By playing Sissoko and Cabaye more defensively? So marveux fan plqy behind Cisse? No not going to happen


    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Marveaux can play*

  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #15

    no way marv playin today, same team but maybe tiote for perch.

    Mbwi aint breathing down taylors neck, hes been a different class since his return to injury.


    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #16

    Would Marveaux feature in our strongest XI? Assuming everyone fit


    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #17

    My strongest XI would be
    Debuchy Taylor/Mbiwa Colo/Mbiwa Santon
    Tiote/Anita Cabaye
    Arfa Cisse Gouffran

  • croftus5678

    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #18


    you took the words out of my mouth there “it was never in a month on sundays a penno”
    the lad never touched him he got in the box and felt debuchy’s presence near him so went down.

  • croftus5678

    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #19

    stick to same team that beat villa and chelsea imo or it will be like getting punnished for there hard work.

    marv is an awsome player and i can not see him being happy on the bench but he’s a cabaye/goofy/sissoko/arfa role player and unless they are not in the team he will only get sub apearances and cup/euro games.

  • SpaceGhost

    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #20

    i feel a lot of fans under estimate the value of having a proper international right back like Debuchy in our team. for me our two main signing has been Debuchy & Sissoko. Most teams attack our right side bcoz Simpson does not know where his position on the field. In attack or while defending. Sissoko compliments Cabaye in midfield. He brings tenacity & calmness in the middle of the park, both at the same time. Tiote & Anita will benefit havin a player of Sissoko qualities.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #21


    mate it’s 11 a side not 12


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