We always thought the five new Frenchmen we signed in January have been positive, with very good attitudes, and most of them didn’t take long to get right behind Newcastle’s cause – to become a great side again.
Moussa Sissoko – great player in the making
Of course we didn’t exactly look like a great side in those last six games of the season, which was the real dampener on the season, when we failed to score in four of the games and lost our last three home games 3-0 to Sunderland, 6-0 to Liverpool and 1-0 to Arsenal – ouch.
One really exciting player we signed was Moussa Sissoko, who let’s face it – could well become a top Premier League player – if he develops the way we think he can.
We have visions of the 23 year-old getting the ball on the left wing, and powering himself forward with defenders finding it difficult to even keep up with him – it was a great sight for Geordie fans.
It was a very bad season – but we are hoping – with the five new Frenchmen and a couple of good strikers brought in this summer – that we can do well again – very well again – next season.
This is what Sissoko said on the Newcastle web-site today:
“”I think it went well and I’m pretty happy.” “My first half-a-season here wasn’t always easy; results were difficult to come by sometimes and we found ourselves in a difficult position, but our target was met.” “We stayed up, so we did that successfully. Now it’s time to go away, rest up on our holidays, clear our heads and come back stronger for next season.”
“The most important thing was probably my first home game, against Chelsea.” “It was a great game for the whole team but also for me. I scored a brace and I think that’ll be the one thing that really sticks in my head when I think back over the last half-a-season.”
“I’m pretty much happy with everything, but next season I hope will be better for me, for the team, for the staff and for the whole city.” “And I’m absolutely sure it will be. Last season was a little bit difficult, but in January some great players came in to strengthen the squad.”
“They needed some time to bed in, but we’ll come back next season and we’ll all be ready together. We can go much higher up the league than we did last season.”
Good words there from Moussa – who is already very popular with Newcastle fans.
And goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman earlier this week said the team spirit at the end of the season was better than ever, as the lads had to fight together to keep us in the Premier League, and in that sense they were successful, and saved us from an absolute disaster – relegation.
That goes against what Telegraph reported, when they tried to stir things up at the club, and when we were at a really low point – but we suppose the news that everything was great with the team spirit, doesn’t sell as many papers as really bad news.
But that’s the way of the world (unfortunately) and it’s not going to change anytime soon.
We have some very good players at Newcastle, and with less games to play next season we should, as Moussa says, be able to do a lot better.
That’s what we are hoping for, and we are confident that’s what we can do.
Howay The Lads!!
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