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French Powerhouse Motivated To Play Well For Newcastle

2:21 pm, Friday, July 5th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

One of the most exciting players we signed in January is 23 year-old Moussa Sissoko, and he played some excellent games for Newcastle this year, especially at the start of his time on Tyneside, before getting injured and missing the last few games of the season.

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Moussa Sissoko – getting back in the swing of things yesterday

But Moussa was back in Newcastle yesterday, getting back into the swing of things and the 6’2″ powerhouse is hoping he can have a good season coming up,  so he can make the French World Cup squad for Brazil next summer.

“The manager played me as a number ten for a large part of last season and I’m very happy to play there. But next season we’ll see what happens. We’ll see what the manager wants, see where he wants me to play.”

“I’ll try and adapt the best I can but the objective for me is just to come out and have a good season personally because next summer is a World Cup year.” “So I want to try and play well.”

“I’ll be motivated so I can get into a good position personally to try and attack the French national team and get into the squad.” “I have rested up to make sure I come back on top form.”

Of course Moussa can play in a number of different positions, and while at Toulouse he played a lot of the time as the defensive midfielder, all 6’2″ of him, but as Moussa Sissoko says Alan Pardew played him in an attacking number 10 position last season.

That was because we had so little threat up front on goal,  after we didn’t replace Demba Ba in January.

But it’s a good question as what position is Moussa’s best position, but he was a tremendous buy for the club, and we expect this lad to be a big success on Tyneside in the coming season, after seeing glimpses of what is capable of  earlier this year.

Wonder how his English is coming along?

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Tags: Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · World Cup 2014





20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 rainrix // Jul 5, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Hint hint pards, right from the horses mouth. Play him in his proper position.

  • 2 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 5, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    And right wing…

    Pardew must be a tactical genius with his new positions for him. Wait, Cisse on the right wing…

  • 3 Tommyy // Jul 5, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Box to Box only.

  • 4 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 5, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    @ Rainrix

    Took the words right out of my mouth. He will be a monster next season when played deeper as the box to box midfielder he is. His speed and power on the counter will be breathtaking and he can be more productive.

    Playing as a number 10 you need bit of skill to beat defenders and that was his problem. He would be running at a back four and then just get crowded out and lose possession.

    I think this team would be perfect for us. 4-3-3 that can either counter attack for away performances like WBA a couple of seasons ago. and be ultra attacking at home.

    ———————–Krul———————

    –Debuchy—-Collocini—-M’biwa—-Santon–

    ——Sissoko——–Cabaye——–Anita——

    ——–HBA———-Cisse———Remy——

    The WBA away performance the seaso before last we played Gutierrez and Guthrie in midfield and Ba on the left. Imagine how much more effective it would be with our improved back four and Remy’s pace out wide. Yes please

  • 5 Mister Tuff // Jul 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Well as far as any player dare go – Sissoko’s saying he was played out of position. Percy had him running all over -chasing the ball down all over the pitch.

  • 6 Rotonda heights // Jul 5, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    big papa cisse

    Man for man that team is absolutely spot on.

    but this will be pardew’s take

    Tiote for Anita
    Saylor for M’biwa
    Jonas for Remy

  • 7 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 5, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    He’s a brilliant way of transporting the ball upfield, but once he approaches the final third and is closed down that is when he should give it and drop back, plus some one-twos to mix it up if there’s some space.

  • 8 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 5, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Does anyone else think he is now our fastest player ?, even more so than Obertan. The guy is a pure athlete and is like a train when he gets going.

  • 9 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 5, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Big Pappa and Rotonda, spot on indeed.

    If Remy doesn’t sign then Gouffran will play there.

    It’s glaringly obvious isn’t it. Plus movement, one-twos, overlaps are needed when we are in possession.

  • 10 Sazzer // Jul 5, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    JFK is off on a family trip to Cockermouth, Cumbria.

  • 11 Macas // Jul 5, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Not sure why everyone wants him as a defensive midfielder, I’ve hardly seen him make a tackle or close anyone down since he got here

  • 12 toonaids // Jul 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Mike Ashley to NUFC fans: “Oh my god! you killed Kinnear!”

    Noone: “You Bastards”

  • 13 Wigham Of OZ // Jul 5, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Please sign Bafetimbi Gomis today

  • 14 Noah Another Ameobi // Jul 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    my tean for next year

    —————-krul—————–
    debuchy—colo—m’biwa—santon
    anita—–cabaye—–sissoko ————-hba—————
    ——cisse—-remy——

    this would allow the midefielders to use hba to link up with the strikers easier

    we also have these alternatives
    cisse–campbell
    remy–gouffran
    hba–marveaux
    debuchy–haidara (santon right back )
    anita–bigi

  • 15 HullMag6 // Jul 5, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    A bit early but how about this with no signings of note:

    Krul
    Debuchy Saylor Colo Mbiwa
    Sissoko Anita/Tiote
    Santon Cabaye Ben Arfa
    Cisse

    Elliot, Haidara, Willo, Tiote/Anita, Marveaux, Gouffran, Campbell.

    If all stay fit and get in form and keep it up mid table SHOULD be easy.

  • 16 toonaids // Jul 5, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    i say sign remy and bony and get it over and done with 20 million BOOM keep the fans happy

    you lot talk pap whinge and go around in circles, proper geordies haha

  • 17 JP...from The Rock // Jul 5, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    This guy and Anita should be ahead of Tiote every time. I will be really pis*ed off to see Gutierrez and Tiote start automatically every game again next season.

  • 18 Dulcinea // Jul 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    I see a lot of people getting anxious and calling for Remy to be signed. I, for one am glad we’re not interested. Quality player for sure BUT a lot of you are forgetting he choose to sleep in at a hotel in London and not even bother to come and see our facilities when he was offered the chance. He chose the bright lights of London and big wages over us. I hope we stay well clear. We don’t need tossers like Remy.

  • 19 Premiership Manager // Jul 6, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    I expect to see a big improvement in our French contingency this season as there can be no more excuses. They had a taste of what it’s about last season and now they need to step up to the mark and deliver.

    Sissoko should be played in his natural position as a CM not as a forward or AM come makeshift forward. If Pardue/Kinnear do not get this right from the start we’ll be doomed to another relegation fight.

    We have very good fixture list with good gaps between the better teams therefore we should get off to a good start although the first game will be a difficult one.

    All we need to do then is build up a decent head of steam and hope Pardue and Kinnear don’t make an arse of it.

    We still need 3 quality signings and need to hang on to our better players. If we don’t sign a proven CF then we’ll be doomed before we start as Cisse can’t do it all on his own and Shola isn’t up to it as age is working against him

  • 20 dcarter90 // Jul 6, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    heres my team as our squad stands now
    —————–krul———————
    debuchy——-mbiwa—-colo—–haidara
    ——–cabaye——–sissoko——anita—-
    hba——————————————-santon
    ———————-cisse——————

    santon used as a gareth bale role as he and hba can go past players and create for fun




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