Moussa Sissoko – I’m Happy With Everything At Newcastle


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 scores Chelsea

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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187 comments so far

  • kevymartins

    May 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Yes moussa if you play box to box and not rw you could be a real cracker.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 30, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #2

    @ Kevy

    Or as a second striker 🙂 . Pardew just needs to play him further back so we can break on teams more effectively and his pace would help massively.

    Am I right in thinking he is our fastest player now ? , even quicker than Obertan. When Moussa gets going he is like a runaway train and looks unstoppable at times. He just needs to get rid of the ball before he runs into trouble and gets crowded out . Plus he will have more options to pass to when running from deep.

    Our current best team and bench IMO:

    ————————Krul———————

    –Debuchy—–M’biwa——Collo—–Santon–

    ——–Sissoko——Cabaye——-Anita——-

    ————-HBA————-Marveaux——–

    ———————–Cisse———————

    Subs: Elliot,Taylor,Haidara,Tiote,Bigi,Gutierrez,
    Gouffran.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 30, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Before people post, they should really ask themselves the following questions:
    1 – have you got your information from real life rather than a computer game?
    2 – do you genuinely think the player/manager would join us over CL clubs and richer clubs?
    3 – do you understand that the club needs to be run as a business?
    4 – do you understand that every other club is also trying to get into Europe and win trophies?
    5 – do you realise that players, managers and officials can make mistakes just like you can?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 30, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #4

    TDS,
    The blog would be like a ghost town!!!

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  • Toon-82

    May 30, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #5

    If Ben Arfa was sold, lets say 14-18 million, who would you use the money on?

    I would go for Ince and Lens, plus there would be money left over for another player.

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  • SupaToonKid

    May 30, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #6

    Toon-82

    I’d go all out for Aubameyang and Lestienne

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  • SupaToonKid

    May 30, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #7

    1 thing we all know is if Jonas starts 1st game of the season next years then we’re in trouble lol

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 30, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #8

    TDS…you could also add:

    6 – do you understand we do not have a foreigner owner who uses our club either as a playground or to launder his money?

    7 – neither do we have a club run by a Supporter’ Trust where we could only spend what we accumulate? (now wouldn’t that be fun for some of you 😉 )

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 30, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Lol!!!

    @GFN_France: Adrian #Mutu has announced that he wants to adopt a Chinese baby who has been found in sewage saying it has been “Sent by God”

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  • kww

    May 30, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #10

    there are many culprits who concede possession too easily, but tiote in his midfield anchor position, CANNOT afford to concede possession because it often leads to a direct counter attack. guti passed the ball to opponents, but it mostly happened only in the opponents half, cabaye overhit passes all the time but it’s a goal kick or throwin. benny lost the ball when dribbling on the wings, so it wasnt too dangerous.
    Tiote playing in his position, CANNOT lose the ball. on top of that he’s meant to be the primary ball winner in the midfield, meaning other players are less equipped to defend against counterattacks. when others lost the ball, tiote is meant to sweep things up and prevent counterattacks.
    if we want to keep him, we have to accept the way he was, 10 yellow cards and 1 red per season typical.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 30, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Lilongwe – I think you’re right! It would make it easier to see the genuinely interesting comments though!

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  • Generic Commenter

    May 30, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Big Papa Cisse @2

    I agree, but that bench doesn’t look good enough to me. We need some more strikers over this summer just to pad out the squad.

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  • Ian Toon

    May 30, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Solano- What Sir John said when asked why he sold to Ashley.
    “The meeting with the Malaysians went well but they wanted 6 weeks to do due diligence. The offer from the other party at Freshfields waived that right and was a better deal. I was told that the man behind the deal was Mike Ashley and I sat with his representatives over 3 days thrashing out a deal. I was keen to know why they wanted the club and they were quite honest. They wanted to market their sports goods in the Far East and would use the Club to help do this. To me it made sense to market the Club globally. It was a win win situation for Mike and the Club. We hadn’t done that.”

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  • check the toastie

    May 30, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #14

    PARDEW OUT

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 30, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Jesper – yep! And if it were number 7, we would have really been in the smelly stuff when we got relegated!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 30, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Kww,
    Tiote’s pass completion rate is over 80%, and has been every season since we signed him. His passing and distribution is not an issue. Only Stevie T, Santon, Colo, Marveaux out of those here all season were better.

    If there is a problem with Tiote it is the way we used him this season. He has been playing more of a box to box then a genuine holding midfielder. That is why there is an issue with him this season. No different to playing Cisse on the wing, you lose the strengths of their game. The fact is, he hasn’t been used as the primary ball winner, which is why we have seen such a drastic drop in form. Used properly, we can get him back to how he was, and what a player he can be n his day.

    TDS,
    True, but some of the fantasy posters amuse me on occasions! I rarely fail to smile to myself when reading a Kets transfer list post!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 30, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #17

    ToonDarnSarf
    18 mins ago
    Before people post, they should really ask themselves the following questions:

    1 – have you got your information from real life rather than a computer game?

    How is that a point in any way?

    2 – do you genuinely think the player/manager would join us over CL clubs and richer clubs?

    Surely that depends on the manager/ player? Do you think a player that would be a huge player for a club like us, the main man if you like, for example PEA or belhanda or mertens, Sinclair and the like or go purely for money or to further enhance there profile as a player (bearing in mind Sinclair and PEA have already played but parts for a big club and now have points to prove)

    3 – do you understand that the club needs to be run as a business?

    Needs to be? Why? Why does it have to be about scrimping and saving? And how is the club being run like a business? They want to rely on youth players but don’t invest in the youth academy? They want to turn NUFC into a global brand yet pass up a golden opportunity to make us a consistent name in Europe or at the very least consistently challenge the top 6 despite having all the tools at there disposal?

    4 – do you understand that every other club is also trying to get into Europe and win trophies?

    Of course everyone understands so why should we as supporters accept that every other club in the league wants a trophy or European football whilst our delightful dekka proudly announces that our target is to finish in the top half?

    5 – do you realise that players, managers and officials can make mistakes just like you can?

    Of course they can, but do you not think it takes the p1ss when done consistently over an entire season with seemingly no one in the club to bothered about it whilst paying them millions each year (must be that fantastic business model were being run as, happy to just tick over)

    Jesperfuglsang – Captain Of The Lemon Crew
    2 mins ago
    TDS…you could also add:

    6 – do you understand we do not have a foreigner owner who uses our club either as a playground or to launder his money?

    No were owned by a an English multi billionaire who’s shamelessly used the club as a free billboard for his shops, who only signs players when panic sets in and who has surrounded himself with a board of directors who knowledge in running a football club could be written on a postage stamp

    7 – neither do we have a club run by a Supporter’ Trust where we could only spend what we accumulate? (now wouldn’t that be fun for some of you )
    No we don’t which is damn shame because at least there would be some passion and ambition within the club

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 30, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #18

    @indykaila: #Realmadrid have reach agreement with #LFC regarding #Suarez via MARCA.

    God I hope so can’t stand this horrible little git!

    TorqToon
    @GFN_France: Valenciennes Pres has confirmed that Nicolas Isimat Mirin will be sold. ‘Two clubs are very close’ but there is ‘foreign interest.’ #VAFC

    Please torq tell me were still showing the strong interest in this lad we showed in January!!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 30, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #19

    TADS,
    On your point about shameless advertising, Wigan do the same, Peter Coates of Bet 365 does the same at Stoke, Man City do it, that is off the top of my head. I’m sure there will be plenty more examples if you dig deeper into companies that advertise and owners of football clubs. It is nothing new. Why such an issue when we do it?

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  • Generic Commenter

    May 30, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #20

    TADS,

    Ofcourse the club HAS to be run as a business, it IS a business.And the fact that we are now financially stable after Fred put us in so much debt I think is a sign that we are now being run in the correct manner

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 30, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Lilongwe
    The issue with us doing it mate is the fact that before Ashley ‘renamed’ the stadium briefly ol’ dekka boy chirpily announced that it was done to bolster our finances, as we needed that to compete in terms of getting players in
    We went to sign Anita….
    As for Wigan and stoke, I’m not to sure they were doing it with the intention of launching the brand globally, possible bet 365 but no way for JJB!
    Man city tbf make over £400 million of there self promoting, how much do you think MA paid to advertise and rename the stadium?

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  • SupaToonKid

    May 30, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Couldn’t agree more about Tioté and stats to back up too. I do not understand how people are so quick to forget his 1 2 seasons. Class is permanent, form is temporary. He made mistakes last year but is still a great CDM (not box to box)!

    It is obvious where his strengths lie but Pardew’s weaknesses as a manager have tactically frailed the side due to playing key players like Tioté in different roles. It does seem harsh pinning all this blame on Pardew but last year his tactics were horrendous hence players like Cissé and Tioté suffered. Hopefully (as we’re stuck with him) he will learn to play to the players’ strengths this coming season and not to the club’s agenda not his own.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 30, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #23

    toonarmydownsouth – that’s the longest post I’ve ever seen on here!

    1 – my point is the transfer suggestions from ITKs which are based on the abilities/stats from Championship Manager.
    2 – if City, Utd and other CL clubs want to sign a player that we are linked with, then 99% of the time they will get them unless they are a young player who wants first team football.
    3 – it needs to be because football has moved on. FFP will move things further that way too, limiting the ability for owners to treat clubs like their playthings. Our academy is being invested in, and challenging for the top 6 is a tough challenge, guaranteeing it is even tougher!
    4 – because most other clubs in the PL will say their goal is primarily to stay up, and then if they can challenge for a cup or sneak into Europe then great. If our club said that then it would be perceived as a lack of ambition. If we say we’re targeting Europe, then failure to do that would be seen as a failure of a season and we’d be expected to up the goal for next season. We’re pretty demanding fans!
    5 – mistakes are made by people involved with every club

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 30, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Generic
    It’s not run as business though is it, there’s no foundation work and were still in over £100 million pounds worth of debt
    They categorically stated that the youth set up was a major part of the future of the club, yet they let it sit at a category B status, they released several of the youth team players yet never replaced them
    We’ve tumbled down the league through a lack of proper investment how much has that cost the club in positions? How much has it cost the club exiting domestic cups in the early rounds for consecutive seasons?
    If MA is such a shark when it comes to transfers why has he let so many players go on a free in his time?
    Several people how posted true figures, not the club released ones that show the club is not in as financially comfortable position as they would like people to think
    Yes a club has to be run sensibly but it also has to take risks now then to ensure the growth of the club, enhanced competition, some ambition, at the very least provided some entertainment for there product to keep the punters coming through the door

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 30, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #25

    TADS,
    I don’t have privvy to the books, and the 400million is for a lot more than just stadium name and advertising. Plus, the sheikh in charge of City makes Mike Ashley look like a penniless hobo.

    Also, Anita was before the finance deal had come through on it with Wonga, when that happened we brought 5 players in. Maybe Dekka was telling the truth. Also, do we not want to bolster finances? Maybe we should cancel any deal and increase ticket prices, drop wages or sack some of the non football staff to make up the shortfall?

    Finally, is it really a problem if the club is linked with a global brand?? If that is the case Virgin was an awful choice of sponsor. Maybe we should get say, Gormans Chippy to sponsor us instead, that will really help us crack foreign markets. Surely it is better for the club to be linked to global brands rather than smaller ones. It increases awareness of the club as well.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 30, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #26

    As for the Supporter’s Trust, like I said, if we’d had this and got relegated, where would the trust have found an extra £40M or so to keep the club going? We need business people running the club and football people running the team.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 30, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #27

    NUFC

    Being run as Business.

    With Ill Qualified people

    With no intention of Progressing

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 30, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #28

    TDS
    Lol yeah soz mate tho tbf half of it was your post!!!
    I fully understand the points your making but also acknowledge that there are other ways to look at them to!!
    Tbh I don’t think that the FFP rules are going to effect the game in anyway, especially if your not actually in Europe!
    And yes setting a target is a dangerous precedent as you can set yourself up for failure, but then address those failures and learn and move on, not continually lower expectations especially when last season they said they wanted us challenging the top 6 every season, they can’t simply change there supposed long term targets because of a poor season imo

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 30, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #29

    i think Sissoko is probable the best player we have at the moment, no one at our club could possibly compare to him he’s an all round midfielder and i love watching him play, next season i think he will give his heart & soul for this club and become one of the best midfielders in the world

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 30, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #30

    I love it when people say the “real figures, not the club released ones”. Really, where do people get the “real” figures from, the club released ones are the ones released for legal and financial purposes. Now, surely we aren’t saying the club are fiddling and some bloggers know about it, but the tax man and other financial bodies aren’t capable of working it out.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 30, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Indian – Mike Ashley is one of the UKs best businessmen. By all ‘accounts’ the club was an absolute mess before he came along so he’s spent the last few years sorting it out.

    They are trying to progress the club as a business. It’s then Pardew’s job to do the best he can to progress the club in football terms.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 30, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #32

    i think we should focus on building the team around Sissoko

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 30, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #33

    TDS

    In terms of Football they are incompetent

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 30, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Mark Douglas tweeted earlier that his “contacts” at various clubs had said most agents were getting short shrift from clubs as clubs want to pay wages inline with FFP. Will be interesting to see who buckles first on that. I think that we may see lots of deals delayed, until the big spenders pump some money into the system to make deals more viable.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 30, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #35

    does any 1 have any idea what the spending limit is on transfers with this FFP being involved?

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  • Generic Commenter

    May 30, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #36

    TADS,

    We still have a long way to go ofcourse, that would be my point about how Freddy ran the club (you have to admit, it was rather shambolic how loans seemed to be his idea of running the club). The club is heading in the right direction I believe however.
    And yes businesses do have to take risks, I agree with you there. We seem to make the wrong risks such as last year and try and save money by not investing and building on a successful season, so technically we do take risks ha

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 30, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #37

    i wonder if MA will bring in top players to get us reaching Europe for his sports brand to become global, surely every chairmen would wan’t this.

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  • Generic Commenter

    May 30, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Lilongwe Geordie,

    These are the same people that have special “friends” who new for a fact that Pardew was going to get sacked

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 30, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #39

    toonarmydownsouth – sure they wanted us challenging for the top 6 every season. But after this season, it would be silly to target the top 6. Top 10 is where we should be every single season. Let’s be honest, there are 7 better teams out there than ours.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    May 30, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #40

    Dont build your hopes up this close season lad’s regarding Top transfer targets ..We will sign some potential without doubt ..same old ..

    Just remember we are run on a budget , Mike Ashley’s budget for the club ..that will keep us as an also ran club for as long as he imposes it. As long as he’s here probably ?

    An owner with more ambition than just floating along mid prem is what is required ..An Owner with ambition for His Football club ..

    With Ashley Newcastle United are just used as a tool to drive HIs company Sports direct ..Fact. We come second to his bizz. we should be his priority and we are not ..and that will never change.

    New Balls please .

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