Sissoko – We Have Great Team Spirit At This Club

Moussa Sissoko seems to have been born to play for Newcastle, and the 23 year-old French International is already a good player, but he will get a lot better in the next couple of seasons under the excellent coaching of Alan Pardew and his team.

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Moussa Sissoko – in action on Sunday

That’s what’s happened to a number of Newcastle’s players who have arrived at the club, including Yohan Cabaye, Davide Santon, Papiss Cisse and Ben Arfa – and they’ve all become better players since they arrived on Tyneside.

Moussa will be no exception, and he seems to have fitted so smoothly into the Newcastle side, and the big man can of course play in a number of different positions – and he was up there in the stands on Sunday, celebrating the winning goal with goalscorer Papiss Cisse.

This is what the Newcastle powerhouse player told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Fulham was an example of us fighting until the end.” “We knew in our heads that victory was all that was needed – no matter how we got it.”

“It was a case of going out from minute one to minute 95 and giving our all to get that result.” “What it shows is the great team spirit we have at this club,  that we can go out there and get a result even in stoppage time.”

“The victory now is a fantastic thing pressing on.” “It’s great for our morale and team spirit going forward.” “It gives us so much strength heading into the final matches of the season.”

“We know this is a week that’s important for the players – but not just us, the club and the supporters.” “We have a second leg that we know isn’t going to be easy.”

“But we know it will be an interesting match and it’s a night that we could qualify for the semis.” “We have good motivation for us going forward.”

This is now all set to be a great European night for Newcastle fans on Thursday, and it will be a sell-out crowd on Thursday night – and we are now getting regular home crowds over 50,000 and next season, when we expect to be fighting for a top six spot again – we should have sell-out crowds for every home league game.

It’s back to the future for Newcastle.

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11 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Apr 9, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    From prev: Many people have said cisse would benefit from having an old fashioned cf with him. Also, just because carroll plays doesnt mean you HAVE to play hoof ball,it just means a long ball option is there if required. Carroll can play with the ball at his feet too.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 9, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #2


    Yes Carroll can play with the ball too feet, but if Rodgers doesn’t think he is good enough for a average Liverpool team is he good enough for us? Remember, Rodgers played with a target man at Swansea, so is not averse to having a player like that. He just doesn’t deem Carroll good enough.

    His injury record since leaving is atrocious as well.

  • Markaccus

    Apr 9, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Liongate. Agree his injury record isa concern. However, rodgers opinion ofhim means nothing to me, as i believe the reason are an average side is because he isnt that good a manager and certainly not right for liverpool.

  • TorqToon

    Apr 9, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #4

    Lilongwe / Rotonda –

    This is only information I have been passed on by a former colleague working in the UK. Fairly well hooked up with strong links to London, so I’ve no idea if it’s true. I don’t hear anything really that’s UK based, which means, if this does turn out to be true, I can’t take any credit.

    Personally, I think the price would have to be SO low that Liverpool wouldn’t accept it. I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened, as we all know if Ashley wants a player, he will get that player.

    I don’t exactly believe all this myself, as our targets are France, Dutch and Belgium based. We would get more value for money and utilising our scouting network to effect.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 9, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Markaccus, I don’t think Rodgers is a good manager, but given Liverpools lack of attacking options to dismiss Carroll with such contempt is either very telling, or lunacy. I don’t think he is a lunatic so….

    Like I said for no more than 5mill and for 35k a week or less, then okay, he can come be an ‘option’. If it is for more, or at the expense of a talented skillful, pacy centre forward then no thanks.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 9, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Not sure on the Carroll link mate gold has made certain assurances to allardyce about transfers, Carroll is top of there list and there prepared to meet Liverpool’s price tag, can’t see him coming here at all
    But like you say nothing’s for certain in football

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7


    I suppose, if it is a very low price, we will have agreed to remove the sell on clause, and Liverpool may be looking at getting 80k a week off their wage bill for the next 3 years.

    Don’t worry, if it doesn’t happen, I will make sure Ibiza keeps your photo on the wall. 🙂

  • TorqToon

    Apr 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #8

    Lilongwe – I’m with you mate. £5-6mil & 35k a week is the max I would go too. He can still do a job, but it would be bit part.

    Front 3 of gouff, Cisse and HBA is electric. AC would offer another useful dimension – at the right price.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 9, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Think ppl are missing the point about Carroll at liverpool! Rodgers problem with Carroll isnt that he can’t play touch football, it’s that he doesn’t compliment the way Luis Suarez plays! He did an interview recently about how they are basing tactics around getting the best from Suarez! In the striker position they want players that can interchange with central and wide positions as suarez gets a free role and sturridge stays central when luis is wide and will go wide when suarez comes central!
    Carroll is a lot better on the floor than people give him credit for, his signing would be an improvement on our current squad and if the lads dropped nearly half his wages (which he will have) to come back to nufc then fair play to him! Ive always said you get an extra 25% from carroll just by putting him in black and white! If he signs then we need to get behind him, hes made a mistake in leaving but he was a young lad, seems hes doing all he can to come back and thats the exact kind of player we need! Imagine in 2 seasons an all geordie strike partnership of campbell and carroll….

  • Markaccus

    Apr 9, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Haha well ok lunatic is probably a bit strong, but i think he is daft for dismissing carroll. Suarez playing off a player like carroll would be deadly. Rogers cant see that. I agree on your numbers for price and wages.

  • TorqToon

    Apr 9, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #11

    TADS – Really? Well you are better placed than me to comment on English based news and rumours. So you may well be right. Plus is WHU are willing to pay the rumoured £17m – then more fool them.

    I know they have recently made firm contact about Bony this past fortnight, and I read today they want Remy. So maybe they are looking at plan b and c for the summer! 🙂

    Emerick – Aubameyang remains our #1 target.


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