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.
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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