Moussa Sissoko has looked a very good and powerful player in the black and white stripes of Newcastle United, but of late he’s looked a bit stale.
Moussa Sissoko – such a powerful player
It’s difficult for our five Frenchmen to settle into the English way of playing football, and usually when players move in January they struggle, as happened with Kevin Nolan four years ago at Newcastle.
But Papiss Cisse certainly didn’t struggle when he moved to Newcastle fifteen months ago from SC Freiburg, he was electric and scored 13 goals in 14 games last year, which helped to propel Newcastle to 5th place last season.
But Newcastle are now struggling in 17th place, and if we drop one more place in the last three games of the season we’ll be relegated.
So it’s important that Newcastle try to halt our disastrous slump – we have just four points from our last six league games, and our goal difference has worsened by 13 goals in that period, and of course some goals from Papiss Cisse and even Moussa Sissoko would help.
A poser for manager Alan Pardew is where to play Moussa Sissoko – as a second striker, out on the wing, or in central midfield in either the attacking or defensive role.
Moussa himself seems happy to play anywhere, as he had this to say today:
“I am quite a flexible and adaptable player. Most important thing for me is to help the team out wherever I am played.”
“If it’s No 10, No 6, or on right hand side, I will go out there and give my best. I will fight for the team. Since I have arrived I’ve played a bit more like a No 10. I like that as I have got a lot of freedom to go to the right or the left if I need to, or cover in defence if I have to.”
“It is the best position for me to have that flexibility but wherever I play the most important thing for me is to go out there and help the team. That’s what makes me happy.”
As we said earlier Sissoko has looked a bit stale of late, and maybe that’s because Alan Pardew has started him in every game since he arrived, and we have Moussa on the bench in our team for the game today.
Moussa has played 18 times for Newcastle with three goals and five assists.
But maybe it’s unlikely the Newcastle manager will start him on the bench today, and if he starts the game in east London we need to see a good (great) performance from the French International, if we are to get anything at all out of the game at West Ham.
We must start helping ourselves and picking up some points , and today is a good day to start.
Another defeat will only give Wigan Athletic some incentive to start winning a couple of their remaining games, and they have become experts at just doing enough to avoid relegation in most of their seasons in the Premier League.
We just cannot allow them to overtake Newcastle in the final few games of the season, and that’s how serious the game is this afternoon at Upton Park.
We need to see some pride and passion from our players this afternoon.
Howay The Lads!!
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