Moussa Sissoko is fast becoming an extremely popular player with the Newcastle fans, and that’s hardly surprising given his early displays for the side, where he’s looked little short of awesome.
Moussa Sissoko - fantastic signing for Newcastle
Is that a halo around his head?
Newcastle’s capture of Sissoko for only £1.8M has raised some eyebrows with the big clubs, who seem to be willing to pay out ridiculous fees top get top players to their clubs – but that’s not the case with Newcastle and we got in five French players in January for around £18M, and three of them have become instant starters on the side.
In fact over the last two or three years Newcastle have made some fantastic acquisitions int he transfer market and we had one lad leave the club – but only after Mike Ashley had got Liverpool to pay £35M up front for striker Andy Carroll.
So it’s safe to say Newcastle are doing very well with their outgoing and incoming transfers – although it was a pity we lost a certain Demba Ba last month for just £7M – and we know he’s worth a lot more than that.
Moussa Sissoko is wearing the number 7 shirt on Tyneside, but as far as we are concerned he could be wearing the number 99 shirt – and the top French International had this to say to the local papers today:
“When I arrived in Newcastle, I was told that many great players had done very well for the club wearing the No 7 shirt.” “But I’m not giving myself any added pressure with that.”
“I’m just going to go out there and play my own game, give as good as I can, and give the best performance I can.” “Obviously, wearing the No 7 shirt, for me, doesn’t really change anything.”
“I’m here, I want to play well, and I want the whole team to do well.”
Maybe I’m showing my age but when I think of a number 7 I remember most at Newcastle – it was Len White – who used to play either on the right wing or as a center forward for Newcastle way back in the olden days, when 90% (99%?) of people reading this weren’t even born.
Len played for Newcastle from 1952 through 1962 and in 245 appearances for the Magpies he scored 197 goals – he was some player was Lenny – and Moussa Sissoko is also some player for Newcastle today – in that number 7 shirt.
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There will also be cash turnstiles on the night (8.05pm kick-off).