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I Came To Newcastle To Win Things – Whoops

11:07 am, Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 84 Comments

When 23 year-old Moussa Sissoko came to Newcastle last month – like any top class young professional – he said he simply wanted to improve his game as much as he could, and Newcastle was a very good place to do that.

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Moussa Sissoko arriving at Newcastle – a short 19 days ago

And Moussa is also getting a lot of chances to hone his interview skills too, because ever since he starred in that first game at Aston Villa, he’s been interviewed an awful lot – and he’s a good interview subject – because he says things he means – and he’s a great character to have on Tyneside.

Apart from all that he’s also  a fantastic player,  and will only get better at Newcastle – now there’s a thought.

This is what Moussa said in the local Newcastle press this morning:

“It’s great to get such a good welcome.” “Everybody on the team wants to give the fans more to cheer about.” “With this crowd behind us, we can win any game at St James’ Park.” “It’s very important.”

“I came here to win things and this gives us the chance to do that. For us there is everything to play for in the second half of the season.” “I always try hard to give the best account of myself in each game no matter what competition.”

“But we can’t forget that it is about team performance.” “We all have to perform together.” “The new players bring a boost to us.” “The intensity of the game is a lot different to Ligue 1.

“But I followed the Premier League in France, and knew it was intense, I wasn’t surprised.” “Now I just focus on my game.”

When Sissoko joined Newcastle it looks like he didn’t check out Newcastle’s record of winning things over the last 44 years – but there again it’s players as good as he is – that will form the basis of the team for when Newcastle do win another trophy – and we have to hope it’s soon – because for some of us old-timers – the sands of time may be starting to run out.

We’d be very happy to win the Europa League this season. 😀

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84 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JackButler // Feb 13, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    If we continue to build this squad then winning something, anything, is a real possibility, just hope Ashley continues to invest come the summer

  • 2 yo-yo // Feb 13, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Agree previous thread about winner of Europa getting CL final qualifiers place. But as was said – only EPL teams seem to think its a second class tournament. Maybe Sissoko can help us win something here ?

  • 3 yo-yo // Feb 13, 2013 at 11:17 AM


    I think a lot of us can see we only need a few final pieces in the jigsaw to be able to have a crack in all competitions. A few more senior players and a solid development programme will do it for the Toon

  • 4 cyprus // Feb 13, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Reality check (sorry):
    Have you seen the teams left in the Europa League? All sites place us as underdogs, at best. PL status very much no.1 target for a team with the second most defeats in the league.

  • 5 JackButler // Feb 13, 2013 at 11:21 AM


    We are very close to having a top class squad now, long may the investment continue 😀


    There are some massive clubs left in the comp, but on our day we can match anyone, but the league has to be the number one priority

  • 6 yo-yo // Feb 13, 2013 at 11:25 AM


    in any tournament you only face four or five opponents – the others knock each other out. If Rangers can get to the final of this competition then we certainly can. You need a bit of luck in any competition. Yes we do need to concentrate on the EPL but we ought to aim high. Even if just to prove our ambition to our new and stellar signings.

  • 7 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    boro made the final a few years back so sure we could.

    Need things to go well…need to make sure we have good games, if we play bad we will be beaten as in knockout footy you can’t have a bad match and come back (not often anyway)

    Chelsea won champs league last year knocking out barca and beating munich so we could win.

    I would say it’s unlikely and agree there are teams above us but it can be done with skill, luck and determiantion.

  • 8 Mister Tuff // Feb 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Ian Toon – saw you had responded earlier -will post a response later as I’ve got to dash.

  • 9 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Couldnt help but laugh at the ‘ whoops ‘ title
    imo if ashley keeps doing what hes doing we will have a investor in the next fews years, as a club we must be very appealing to the super rich, once that happens i think it will be more realisitc that we can win something, saying that the fa cup shouldnt be out of our reach

  • 10 saxonfenken // Feb 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    We are based as underdogs because of our early season performances, but with the recent arrivals we are now a different kettle of fish, let the reat of them be surprised when we beat them.

    Just love this Moussa, says all the right things, well trained in PR I suspect

  • 11 saxonfenken // Feb 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    rest even

  • 12 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Between Raylor and Perch, who would you rate as the better utility player?

    Personally I say Perch is ahead, simply because he can fill more positions… Across the back 4 and DM

  • 13 toonLYF // Feb 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    There’s only about 10 teams out of the 32 that concern me. If we can progress the chances are we’ll only have to play at most 3 of those 10; so of course we have a chance of winning it, with a little bit of luck, and lots of fight. We have the quality.

  • 14 Jonny // Feb 13, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Imagine winning the Europa league. Do we then get qualification next year automatically? And we would also be playing barca, Madrid, Munich etc. in the super cup!! Wow.

  • 15 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    just going to amsterdam for the final would be a unforgetable experience

  • 16 Phatoon // Feb 13, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    What are peoples opinions on the following players?:

    CB – Winston Reid (24) West Ham
    LM – Thomas Ince (21) Blackpool
    RM – Matt Phillips (21) Blackpool
    RM – Jason Puncheon (26) Southampton
    RM – Ryan Shotton (24) Stoke

    They are currently all out of contract in the coming summer.

  • 17 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM


    ince and phillips are both good talents….not keen on the others.

  • 18 toonLYF // Feb 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Winston Reid would be a good squad player for us. Strong physical centre back, with a few goals to his game. I like him, but he’d probably only settle for first team.

  • 19 donkeypunch // Feb 13, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Thomas Ince if hes out of contract in the summer defently get him

  • 20 beefman13 // Feb 13, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Thomas ince would be so refreshing playing on the wing but his cost maybe too much and we will no doubt look abroad.

    Its fair enough in todays market, wijnaldum is a top top player, he would be my first choice of first buy in the summer window should we remain in the prem god willing

  • 21 JackButler // Feb 13, 2013 at 12:37 PM


    Any British player will cost around three time what he’s actually worth, it’s a sad fact but thats why everyone looks oversea’s

  • 22 ToonBano // Feb 13, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Well he could get his wish as soon as in a few months…

  • 23 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Bano….Good read. Thanks for the link. I’m certainly not expecting to win the EL, but there is certainly a chance and I’d love us to give it a go. It’s hard to be able to plan that far ahead, but certainly for this knock-out round we should be throwing everything at it and see where it takes us.

    As you rightly say, PL survival is the most important thing, but that shouldn’t be effected in the slightest by this upcoming fixture.


    P.S. You’re also right about that guy from the Mirror…what an idiot!

  • 24 SuperShearer // Feb 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Ince is under 24 so I think even if he is signed on a free Blackpool would be entitled to compensation via tribunal.

  • 25 seanp // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    SuperShearer // Feb 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Ince is under 24 so I think even if he is signed on a free Blackpool would be entitled to compensation via tribunal.

    Probably not the case as Blackpool had to pay Liverpool compensation when he joined so doubt they’d be entitled to compo as he wasn’t nurtured at Blackpool.

    Doubt we’ll get him though – shame.

  • 26 Markaccus // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    I’m really glad we have these 2 euro games over the next week or two. It’ll keep our guys fresh and up to match fitness. Not sure if southampton have a game at all in that time. Are they still in the FA cup?

  • 27 Phatoon // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    @Markaccus no, they got smashed by Chelsea (Ba’s first game)

  • 28 Phatoon // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Even if we had to pay compensation for Ince, it would probably only amount to a few million. Which would be better than the 8m or so you would have to pay otherwise.

    Still think he’ll go elsewhere though.

    I just think players like him would boost the English/home grown quota while still actually being a worthwhile player.

    The one’s we have at the moment are ok, but not world beaters.

  • 29 ToonBano // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Ibiza – No probs.

    Aye seeing as we have no game in between we should be 100% focussed on this home leg as a chance to create a gap between the sides. 2 or 3-0 would be perfect.

    Hit it hard!!

  • 30 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    i really doubt we will go for any english youngsters because of their ridiculous inflated pricetag.
    our scouting system has really opened my eyes at how much england is technically inadequate compared to europe, the international team have shown this but omg england is miles behind.
    we are screwed if this rule comes in about having a certain amount of homegrown players, only saylor is good enough in our team in my eyes

  • 31 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Reckon Ba was our best ever striker. I used to love Shearer, but Ba had a great spell here. We were too reliant on Shearer and we suffered from it. Alan was in his prime at Blackburn.

  • 32 Phatoon // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    @dannyboy, we only need 8 in the squad (over 21s)

    So that could be from:

    S Taylor
    R Taylor
    Sh Ameobi

    I think that Ranger will go at some point. Ferguson, Dummett and Tavernier wil be loaned and Gosling may get sold.

    So we’d only need 1 more. I think the rest are good enough as squard players (except Krul and S Taylor – who are good enough for first XI)

  • 33 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:36 PM


    We dont need 8 in the squad…you dont have to have any.

    The rule is you can only have 17 non-UK/homegrown players in the squad. So technically you could have non but would only be able to have 17 players in the squad.

  • 34 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    sorry phatoon id have to disagree with you there except for krul which i forgot about.
    i think as a team were evolving thanks to our foreign players and mr.carr.
    if we want to a be a so called top class team in the future the majority of them shouldnt even be on the bench, it all depends what standard you want to set and if those players have any desire for 1st team football they will leave

  • 35 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:40 PM


    we need 8 players who are homegrown though to give us a full squad of 25.

    Other than krul, saylor, elliot and probably perch as utility man I can’t see others making the grade. So we need to get some english boys in.

    Need to find the next wilshire or walcott.

  • 36 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Oh ketsbaia… now your just asking for it. May God have mercy on your soul…

  • 37 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:42 PM


    he talks rubbish all the time…he said ba is better than rvp last week.

  • 38 Phatoon // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    TS, yeah I know that, but you would really want a squad of 25 players to be competing in multiple tournaments. So that’s why I said “need”.

    I think:

    Krul – Good enough

    Elliot – Alright as back up, has looked good and bad – but with little game time really.

    S Taylor – Apart from injuries has looked pretty decent

    Williamson – as a 4th choice CB is not all that bad. He’s not as bad as people make out. He doesn’t have a lot of pace and this gets exposed a lot when the ball is given away unexpectidly in midfield.

    Perch – I like Perch, works hard. Can play almost anywhere, keeps the ball moving, not afraid to crunch someone.

    R Taylor – good person, great at set pieces and long passes. Great for squad play and the odd cup/euro game.

    Gosling – could be good if ever plays more than 3 games in a season.

    Sh Ameobi – Another scape goat imo, he’s not the best, but he’s not awful. He’s only able to play the last 10-15, which I think he’s quite good at, only when he tries to play a full 90 he looks bad.

  • 39 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    io do like elliot any game ive seen him his been very commanding and didnt really put a foot wrong,his distrupution seems better than krul and hes got more of a voice, i would like to think he is a bit better than just being a 2nd choice keeper for the rest of his career and same goes to perch, the more quaility we bring in the less playing time and lower down the pecking order they go, i agree were starting to badly need some english boys in, but atm with our policy its not going to happen unless mr.carr spends a sh*t load of his time in england rather than france and holland lol, but ya never know eeeh

  • 40 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:50 PM


    yeh I know…i was just being pedantic haha.

    I dont mind those you suggested except willo…want him to leave as he just makes far too many mistakes this year. I’d get him out for a young CB like mirin.

  • 41 cockneymagpie90 // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    My team for tomorrow..


  • 42 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:51 PM


    We need to look for the likes of bale, walcott, chamberlain etc etc and get them in when 15/16 even if it costs a bit more.

    Maybe spend a lot of time and get them when they are 13/14.

  • 43 cockneymagpie90 // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Id like to play anita but i could see tiote and sissoko ahead of him.

    Hopefully he gets some playing time as i feel sorry for him, hes done well for us.

  • 44 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    TS – i know , in the short term hese players will have to do but in the long term they wont so i agree we need to start to focus abit more in UK but unfortunately these top young players will always favour the likes of man u , arsenal etc. over us and them clubs seem to be ahead of the game getting them in the academy and a really young age

  • 45 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    cockney – im willing to put alot of money on pards playing anita tomorrow, i think its a cert

  • 46 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM


    Thats why we need to snap them up as early as possible. If we can seem to be a good club for developing talent that might change

  • 47 cockneymagpie90 // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Where and who will he be replacing in that squad i just mentioned?

  • 48 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM


    I think anita will be in for either cabaye or sissoko.

  • 49 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    cabaye or sissoko, probs cabaye hes played nearly every minute since hes returned from a longish injury including the france game, he looked exhausted near the end of the spurs match, i thought it was a risk playing him the full 90 in that game anyway , but anita will start even if that means playing him at RB , pardrew owes him it

  • 50 Phatoon // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    I think Cabaye and Santon may be on the bench tomorrow, not sure who would play at RB though.

    GK- Krul (maybe Elliot?)
    LB – Haidara
    CB – Coloccini
    CB – Yanga-Mbiwa
    RB – Is Simpson still alive?
    CM – Anita
    CM – Sissoko
    CM – Tiote
    LM – Obertan
    RM – Gutierrez
    ST – Cisse


    Ameobi (Sh)

  • 51 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    and i dont think santon will start

  • 52 cockneymagpie90 // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    He wants a strong team out as hes mentioned and apperently tiote cabaye sissoko and mapou will play.

    The only thing id do is change formation to suit which would be more deffencive and i couldnt see pardew doing that as we need goals to put the second leg to bed.

    Or id replace him for santon and give him a rest and play him rb, but i much rather him in the middle, its tought one.

    If it were me, id just make sure he makes an appearence as sub and not a late sub. Give him atleast 30mins runout to show him hes still part of the first team.

  • 53 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    If we are getting 15/16 year olds, there is no reason whatsoever why we can’t continue bringing in foreigners. By the time they are named in the squad they will be classed as homegrown. The only reason we may need to buy English is to fill those places next year, as quite frankly, half of this years development squad will never make it here. Even then Guidetti is home grown.

    I’d look at some of the Saints players if they go down, particularly Lallana. Would be good back up. Ince would be great, but can’t see it happening. Matty Phillips would be interesting, although Ince seems to overshadow him now. Redmond (although too young for next year) a 3rd keeper to replace Harper perhaps…

  • 54 geordiesteve520 // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Wow, there are 20 posts between what I am about to say and what Kets said and no one has bothered to say anything. Kets, are you truly implying that Ba is our best ever forward?!?!? You must be either: drunk/stoned out of your head, an absolute delusional moron, or too young to remember any striker before Shearer. Yes Ba was pretty good but he played for 18 months; Shearer is our all time record goal-scorer – if not him then what about Jackie Milburn? If you want someone who had a huge short term impact, look Kevin Keegan not Demba Ba. You have said some pretty mental things in the past but this one takes the biscuit.

  • 55 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:08 PM


    Either have him RB or in for cabaye…but if pards said he wants tiote, cabaye and sissoko then can only see anita RB or bench.

  • 56 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    il back you up geordiesteve!! SHEARER IS THE ALL TIME EPL GREATEST EVER FORWARD HE IS THE FIRST PICK IN A FANTASY TEAM OF ABOUT 90% OF PEOPLE! Kets must be on his 8th bong of the day, is he in amsterdam already?

  • 57 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    geordie steve

    I commented on it haha.

    No point discussing as nothing will change his mind. There is no reason Ba would be in our top 10 forwards never mind the best. He was good whilst he was here but nothing special…also he only stayed for 18 months.

    Shearer and milburn gave long service coupled with an excellent return.

  • 58 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    and anita has alot of quailities to make a very good right back, pace,great engine, good passer, seems decent crosser, likes to get stuck in,not greedy,stays calm, good build up play. . . .as you can tell i am a fan of anita . . .its a shame he has no standout position,thats were hes suffers like many versitile players

  • 59 Phatoon // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:14 PM


    unless we play a diamond…. oooooh.


  • 60 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:15 PM


    In the PL era the only forward who comes close to shearer’s quality and consistency is henry.

  • 61 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Ba is a better all round player than Van Persie and probably is a better goalscorer as well. I think he’s the best striker on the planet at the moment. And, I’m being serious. Alan Hansen confirmed that he’d rather have Ba at the minute than Torres and Torres was £50m.

  • 62 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    TS – Henry was my hero, i fell in love with him, had quite the man crush for him , him and shearer are my two favourite strikers of all time that i have witnessed in EPL
    arsenal were my 2nd team whenever they had the french connection, such a joy to watch

  • 63 cockneymagpie90 // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    He may well start anita in the middle tomorra but one things for sure, theres deffinately depth in the squad now! 🙂

  • 64 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    kets your head is up your hole

  • 65 Markaccus // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    I’d have tiote at the back of the diamond, and put anita right side, as he’s the more attacking player. I think anita, cabs and socks could then interchange throughout the game. Doubt we’ll play in a diamond though, the 4231 seems to be starting to work well with regard to our movement on the pitch.

  • 66 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:23 PM


    I commented on it…

    The majority of us just put up with what he says now… its not the first time he has said something daft and it won’t be the last. No point wasting our time arguing against what he says… as it won’t change anything. Come this time next week it will be something like Cabaye will be better then Messi, or Titus Bramble was our best ever Centre back, followed closely by Boumsong.

  • 67 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    anyone know what age kets is? is he like 12?

  • 68 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:25 PM


    I’d rather have Strolla then Torres.

    You claim Ba is better then RVP who is one of the best forwards at the moment, You claim he is better then Shearer was for us…

    then you use torres to support your answer… Torres is as big, if not a bigger disappointment then Andy Carroll was for Liverpool.

  • 69 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    This image sums up everything about Ket’s comment.

    Heck.. three may not even be enough…

  • 70 Markaccus // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Bwahahahahahaha @ kets!
    Andy carrol was 35mil, and he’s playing borrocks. Torres hasn’t played well for over 2 seasons. What has value got to do with anything. Sissoko must be rubbish, then, since he was only worth around 2mil. You tool.

  • 71 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    great news!!!

  • 72 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Shearer was good for us in his first season and then he got injured. Poor form led to Gullit dropping him. I think Shearer could’ve been equivalent to Ba in his Blackburn days.

    Ba is younger than Van Persie and is more threatening in my opinion. People on here just criticise him because he left us at a bad time.

    I also think Gareth Bale is as good as Messi.

  • 73 Phatoon // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:33 PM


    Great news indeed. I’ve enjoyed watching Gouffran so far. Part of me would like to see him and Obertan play at some point, just for the pace.

  • 74 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    I’d have traded Ba for RVP in a heartbeat.

  • 75 tequilamag // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Kets apart from RVP 19 goals this season he also takes the Manu corners which accounts in great measure for his 10 assists. I was sorry to see Ba go but he is nowhere near RVP class. To say Ba is a better all round player is just plain wrong.

  • 76 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    I’m sure even Ba himself nose that RVP is a far superior player to him.

  • 77 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    ketsbaia , what age are you? do you smoke drugs ? are you just trying to wind up people with your clearly made up comments just to get a reaction because you have nothing else better to do ?

  • 78 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    RVP is also a big threat at Set pieces.

  • 79 cockneymagpie90 // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:53 PM


    “Im sure ba himself NOSE”

  • 80 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    RVP is just streets ahead of BA in every aspect….even the most basic one of goals.

  • 81 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 13, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    I think you’re all wrong. Demba Ba to me is a better player than Van Persie. Ba is faster and better at long range shots. Ba is also bigger and stronger.

  • 82 tooninspain // Feb 13, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Kets….that must make Peter Crouch the best player in the world then. Maybe we should sign Frank Bruno up and play him at centre forward….he’s bigger than Ba as well. As for Bale being as good as Messi….can you hear those sirens? It’s the men in white coats coming for you. No wonder other clubs’ fans laugh at us with idiots like you on the loose.

  • 83 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 13, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Bale is more frightening at running at defenders than Messi.

  • 84 tooninspain // Feb 13, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Is that ‘cos he’s an ugly bugger? I can’t think of any other reason. I think you’re a wind-up merchant.

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