There’s an excellent interview in the Daily Mirror today with Newcastle’s new midfield star Moussa Sissoko, who has made an impressive start to his Newcastle career, since he signed last month.
Moussa Sissoko – scores against Chelsea at St. James’ Park
Moussa has said he was inspired by that great Arsenal side that contained Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira among other excellent French players – and we know Moussa always wanted to play in England, where his physical stature and powerful play seem to have made him an instant success in a Newcastle United shirt.
This is what the 23 year-old said today:
“I have always wanted to play in England. It is the league that suits me the best. “When I was a kid, I was very impressed by Arsenal with all their Frenchmen: Robert Pires, Sylvain Wiltord, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira. I was 10 or 11 years old. That team made me dream.”
“They won everything.” “I loved Thierry Henry and above all Patrick Vieira as we played in the same position. He radiated such power. He could cross the whole pitch with the ball at his feet.” “In midfield, he was the boss.”
“Moreover, there was Highbury, with the fans so close to the pitch. I would have loved to play there.” “The Frenchmen who came to Newcastle this winter have adapted very well.” “People are supporting us and you can feel it on the pitch. It has gone off smoothly.”
Sissoko has only played three times for Newcastle so far, but he’s already scored two great goals, and seems to have transformed Newcastle, along with our other new signings, into a very good looking side, and Newcastle are now playing good attacking football.
We hope that can continue – but when you think Newcastle got this lad for a measly £1.8M – compare that to the £32M paid Lille for Eden Hazard – it makes Newcastle’s scouting system and recruitment strategy look world-class.
Now if we can only turn that great scouting team led by Graham Carr into having a world-class team on the pitch – that would be great.
And certainly the five Frenchmen signed last month – Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara, and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – are a very good start – now we need three or more good players signed in the summer, and we should have a very strong squad for next season.
Howay The Lads!!
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