One way you can tell if a player really wants to improve his game is whether he’s honest and straight forward with himself about his game, and certainly Moussa Sissoko seems to know both his strengths and weaknesses, and he certainly wants to improve as a footballer – and we expect he will – big time – at Newcastle United over the next couple of years.
Moussa Sissoko - one powerful player
Moussa Sissoko has been little short of a revelation since he arrived on Tyneside from Toulouse for a measly £1.8M in January, and he is already a huge favorite with the Newcastle fans , and in 11 appearances so far for Newcastle, he has three goals and four assists – and that’s not too bad at all.
Moussa has already won the Premier League Player of the Month award, and while he ‘s definitely not the finished article yet, he still looks an excellent player who is tailor-made for the Premier League.
There’s no better sight than to see Moussa get the ball, say on the left wing, and then power away from the opposing players, who find it hard to keep up with the Frenchman, such is his speed and power.
Sissoko has been given a fairly free role in the Newcastle team under Alan Pardew, and while he played defensive midfield a lot at Toulouse, the Newcastle manager has used him as an attacking midfielder during his time at Newcastle.
This is what Moussa said as he weighed up what he sees as his strengths and his weaknesses at the moment:
“The main thing I lack is that I miss too many opportunities, I spoil it, I rush it.” “I was criticized for that at Toulouse, and there are also the critics at Newcastle. I score quite rarely considering the opportunities I get.”
“I just have to take my time and be more accurate, be less powerful.” “The day before playing the friendly against Germany in early February, French team coach Didier Deschamps teased me about the number 10 position I have in Newcastle, telling me I should not expect to play just behind Karim Benzema.”
“I don’t consider myself as a play-maker, but at Newcastle, I bring my speed in the gaps.” “Will I play on Tuesday against Spain? I like to play in the center as at Newcastle or a bit more in defense – but I won’t ask for anything. If I have to play on the right, that would be great.”
We expect Sissoko to start the game tonight for France against Spain in Paris in World Cup qualifying, and we also think that Newcastle central midfielder Yohan Cabaye will also be in the starting eleven for France, and a win will see them move 5 points ahead of the reigning World Champions in their Group I.
It’s going to be some game – that’s for sure.
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