I Came To Newcastle To Win Things – Whoops

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. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

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84 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Feb 13, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #1

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

  • yo-yo

    Feb 13, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #2

    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 ?

  • yo-yo

    Feb 13, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #3


    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

  • cyprus

    Feb 13, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #4

    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.

  • JackButler

    Feb 13, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #5


    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

  • yo-yo

    Feb 13, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #6


    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.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #7

    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.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #8

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

  • dannyboy

    Feb 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #9

    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

  • saxonfenken

    Feb 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #10

    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

  • saxonfenken

    Feb 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #11

    rest even

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #12

    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

  • toonLYF

    Feb 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #13

    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.

  • Jonny

    Feb 13, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #14

    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.

  • dannyboy

    Feb 13, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #15

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

  • Phatoon

    Feb 13, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #16

    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.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #17


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

  • toonLYF

    Feb 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #18

    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.

  • donkeypunch

    Feb 13, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #19

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

  • beefman13

    Feb 13, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #20

    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

  • JackButler

    Feb 13, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #21


    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

  • ToonBano

    Feb 13, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #22

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


  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #23

    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!

  • SuperShearer

    Feb 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #24

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

  • seanp

    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #25

    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.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #26

    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?

  • Phatoon

    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #27

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

  • Phatoon

    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #28

    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.

  • ToonBano

    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #29

    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!!

  • dannyboy

    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #30

    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

  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #31

    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.

  • Phatoon

    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #32

    @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)

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #33


    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.

  • dannyboy

    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #34

    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

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #35


    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.

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #36

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

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #37


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

  • Phatoon

    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #38

    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.

  • dannyboy

    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #39

    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

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #40


    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.


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