Moussa Sissoko came into the Newcastle team in early February and started his Newcastle career like a steam train, but he has recently looked a little jaded, although Newcastle really need him back to his best tomorrow at West Ham.
Moussa Sissoko – we have a great team
And Moussa can play in multiple different positions and maybe Alan Pardew will play him as the holding midfield player, where he played most of the time at Toulouse.
Sissoko has come out and said there are no problems in the Newcastle dressing room, and that communication is not a problem because they have Cabaye and Cisse who speak both English and French well and can translate for the new players.
This is what Sissoko had to say:
“After a heavy defeat it does hurt, especially when it is at home against Liverpool. The important thing for us is we need to bounce back – and fast.”
“The teams behind us are catching up. As professionals we need to go out there and show a different side to the one we did against Liverpool. This week we have worked really hard and we will go to West Ham and give 100% and hopefully come back with the three points.”
“I don’t think communication is a problem. There are a lot of French guys but we have settled into the squad. We French guys have also started to learn English so I don’t think that’s where the problem lies.”
“When the club goes through difficult times and we have a bad result on the pitch one might jump on a certain excuse to say that’s the reason but in reality that is not the case and what we are doing now is focusing on ourselves, what we do on the pitch as a squad and we are ready to go out there and do that against West Ham.”
“I understand what goes on. If there is anything important behind the scenes there is an interpreter to help out. But if there is a problem then we have Yohan Cabaye or Papiss Cisse who speak fluently and they can get a message to us.”
“There isn’t any problem with communication, between ourselves, even off the pitch. We get on well. It is normal that some people have certain groups of friends. It happens in everyday life, but there is no problem between us.”
“We all help each other out, we all have a laugh in the changing room. We need that team spirit and that’s what’s going to get us through.” “Whatever nationality, you don’t want to lose. You have professional pride.”
“Then we will go off on holiday, rest up, spend some time with our families and then we will come back and start together, stronger next season. We have a great team here with some high quality players. It will be a lot better.”
Those are good words from the French International, and at least Moussa seems confident – and that’s what we need to see from our players right now.
And we hope to see Sissoko somewhere near his best form at West Ham tomorrow – in whatever position Pardew plays him.
We need points at West Ham.
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