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This Player So Important – But Where Does He Play?

9:32 am, Friday, July 12th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 54 Comments

Moussa Sissoko looked such a great player in his first two games for Newcastle, when we beat Aston Villa 2-1 for our first sway win of the season, , and then followed that with a fantastic 3-2 win at home to Chelsea, and Moussa scored three goals in those two games, and two late goals to snatch a victory against Chelsea at St. James Park – one of our best results of last season.

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Moussa Sissoko – could become huge player for Magpies

But it didn’t last, and Newcastle slumped and that affected the Frenchmen who had been brought in during January, and it also affected Sissoko, who didn’t score again in 18 appearances for the Magpies last term, although he had 5 assists.

This lad is a powerful player, and his physique is superbly suited to the Premier League, and the Newcastle manager talked about the 6’2″ 8 times capped French International in the Evening Chronicle today:

“You could argue that Moussa Sissoko needs to define a position for himself. He needs to find a position and he needs to be in the first team.”

“If he is going to play behind the striker then he needs a few more goals.” “If he is going to play through the middle, then who comes out?”

“Is it going to be Cheick Tiote or Yohan Cabaye?” “Or is he going to play on the side where he played for France and Toulouse?”

“He is an important factor in this team.” “His position evolves in our team.” “I think he is a terrific player and I Sissoko played in central midfield at Toulouse, and he can play the attacking role or the defensive role effectively.

And he could play in central midfield for Newcastle next season, especially in the holding role, if Cheick Tiote has another off season like he did last term. We can see Sissoko long term being the holding midfielder player at Newcastle – all 6’2″ of him.

Pardew played Moussa in the number 10 role this year, but that was because we were short of strikers up front, and if we get say Loic Remy and Darren Bent through the door this summer, we’ll have some good attacking options with Papiss Cisse and the rather unheralded Yoan Gouffran, who played great for us this year to little fanfare.

Getting two good strikers through the door is what we need to see, and we’ve noticed that some readers are saying we wont sign anybody until Joe Kinnear returns.

But holidays are not what they used to be when you are a highly paid executive – there’s those cell phone, tablets and laptops where you can get work done at any time – in any place – 24 hours a day – even when you are on holiday.

I recently got an iPhone, and it’s the best toy I’ve had since I got that tug boat for my 6th birthday from a shop on New Bridge Street, and my older brother Rod got a toy battleship – typical. :D

Two good strikers is what we need this summer, and then we’ll be in very good shape, and Moussa can play in a number of different positions for the side – but where he will be used in the team, we’ll have to wait and see,

Where do you think he should play?

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54 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Beattie, Repost
    I’d say not wanting to play for mid table side and then joining what is at best, a mid table side is lowering ambitions.

    We will see how Van Wolfswinkel does, I’m not sure he will be a huge success. I hope he is, for Hughton’s sake, but I wouldn’t have been dancing in the streets if he had signed for us. Granted, better then no one though.

  • 2 Rotonda heights // Jul 12, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    ”But I think I proved last year to the fans, like I did to West Ham fans, that I don’t buckle under pressure. I don’t give in, I will fight and I will keep fighting for these players I have brought here or I have re-signed.”

    So Alan that wasn’t you running down the tunnel after the Liverpool and Arsenal games then!!!

    Oh sod it I don’t care what the likes of Ian Toon say any more. Cue the abuse. Yes I even bore myself about Pardew but when he keeps coming out with the most
    in denial comments it’s too stomach turning to ignore.

  • 3 Indian Magpie // Jul 12, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    I really hate Pardew

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Jul 12, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Pawl,At what date will you stop telling people to calm down you sound like and remind me of Mr Humphries in are you being served.

  • 5 jackostoon // Jul 12, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    morning lads,
    can we try and remain positive for just once, couldn’t go through another day like yesterday, absolutely worn out reading the blog yesterday

  • 6 pawl250 // Jul 12, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Beattie -

    So you are telling me we should sign quality players to replace average players, make us thin at the back by selling 2 homegrown players aswell as 2 central defenders and bring one in.

    THEN expect Colo, Mbiwa or Alderwield to sit on the bench?

    Look Man City can do it because they paid likes of Johnson etc. 100k+ or not far from it.

    We will only cause issues by doing it!

    Cannot see how people expect really good potential players, to sit on our bench for our needs. When they could play first team football week in week out on a World Cup year for their own!

    Sorry but totally disagree, the real world is different to FM, you cannot have a 25 player team full of quality. It just doesnt happen unless you have incentive for those players playing 2nd and 3rd fiddle.

    Marveaux for example does not want to play 2nd fiddle, he has said as much, Simpson said the same and he is arguably average, possibly below.

    Bottom line you cannot just bring a decent player in and expect them to sit and hold their own career by being a bench warmer. If we sign a CB it needs to be in the mold of Haidara, someone willing to bide time, young with potential.

    Alderwield will expect first team football.

  • 7 NUFCarter // Jul 12, 2013 at 9:41 AM


  • 8 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 12, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Does anyone know if Joke is lost on the Sardinia or what’s going on?

    …or maybe he thinks the transfer window opens next month ;) lol

  • 9 bollance // Jul 12, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Is this holding us back in the transfer market. We look at getting players at good value but the goal posts seem to be changing according to FIFA

  • 10 komfort // Jul 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    @ 8

    he’s on sardinia beach checking for talent.

  • 11 pawl250 // Jul 12, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Jail for Ashley

    Nice repost….. I will tell people to calm down when I wish, why?! Because some people are having heart attacks because we haven’t signed a player 12 days into a transfer window?!


    You would think it the way some people are portraying themselves with obvious panic repsonses such as

    “we still haven’t signed anyone, what a joke”

    “all our competition is signing people, and we haven’t, show ambition”

    to name but a couple, but seriously I cannot see an issue. If we started the season with the team we have now, we are only left thin up front really, feel it would not be chaotic, or unusual.

    A couple of strikers is a we need.

    Bent – hope not, too similar to Cisse with no pace now
    Gameiro – he may be the type of player we could use
    Remy – YES please
    De Jong – YES please
    Ba – It would be like he never left!

    Cant really think of anyone else we are linked with up top …..

  • 12 foggonridiculous // Jul 12, 2013 at 9:51 AM


    …or maybe the population were so impressed with him they’ve elected him President

    Viva El Joe! :-)

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 12, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    foggon…for all I care they can keep him :-D

    …still wake up sometime thinking I was just having a nightmare lol

  • 14 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 12, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Alderweireld might sign for Norwich today.

  • 15 jeff // Jul 12, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    its fairly obvious to everyone pardew. you big monster.

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Jul 12, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    That’s what people said last year and look at the disaster that unfolded if you honestly think that going into the season with the same team that lost their last three home games of the season 10 -0 then you truly are living with the blinkers on in a world that no matter what Ashley does it is the right decisions.

  • 17 toon kk // Jul 12, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Pardew needs to sit down and have a good think about his tactics and playing so many out of position. Also why the squad wasn’t match fit last season and make sure there ready for this one.
    He needs to grow some balls and make sure the players we need are brought in instead of making excuses why they didn’t get them on MA behalf.

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 12, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    pawl…maybe you are not so calm when you see who we are going to sign and it will be sometime in August!

  • 19 Indian Magpie // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    So the likes of

    are at our level now!

  • 20 pawl250 // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    The club cannot win really,

    If we signed Alderwield the Geordie nation would have demanded a striker!

    If we sign or focuse on strikers they get berated for not getting Alderwield.

    Yet the bottom line is Alderwield would play 2nd fiddle to Mbiwa and Colo, both better players!

    Cannot understand the concern for this player!

    Does he even start for Belgium? With Kompany Vertonghen and Vermelean all scraping for the same position?

  • 21 jeff // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    i honestly believe i could do a better job than pardew. am i deluded? yes, but not as much as him thats for sure HAHAHA

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    JFA…with all due respect signing five new players won’t change anything!

    …thas has been proven already! The problem comes from within – you cannot buy yourself out of this mess mate!

  • 23 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Haha, Alderweireld would replace Coloccini as he will be leaving next season.

  • 24 DevonToon // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Pawl – to be fair to most people, they probably loom back to our most successful season to note and see the transfers where done early, giving them time to gel, so we could hit the ground running. Iv always believed transfers should be done before pre-season

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    That’s because we need a striker and if we had of shown intent so far seeing a player we’ve been supposedly monitoring for awhile move to one of our relagation rivals wouldn’t have been so bad.

  • 26 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    We need at least these players:

    Siem De Jong

  • 27 Indian Magpie // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    we are not 12 days into window

    we have been in window for 54 days and have done practically Nothing.

    Listening to pardew is even more depressing

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    pawl…most of don’t care about Alderwield!

    …we need to upgrade Willo and sign a right footed Haidara :-) then the defence is perfect if you ask me!

    Now please sign a replacement for Ba and move the fringe players on (they are simply not good enough last season should prove that)

  • 29 Yorkgeordie // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Tug boat Ed then

  • 30 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Right back isn’t a priority. We have Raylor, Anita, Santon, Debuchy, Mbiwa and Saylor who can all play there.

  • 31 jeff // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    pawl if you have been watching belgium recently they play a 6-2-1-1 formation. four center backs (van buyten, kompany, anderweild, and vermanlean) with vertonghen at left back. however kompany has been known to step up. midfield is dembele and fellaini with hazard behind benteke

  • 32 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    For me, that Belgium team is good enough to win the world cup. They have so many quality youngsters.

  • 33 pawl250 // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    We signed 5 players in January for 18m, arguably worth 30+ as likes of Sissoko was touted for 20m+ the year before!

    Nowrich NEED to sign players, to me they were favourites for relegation, RVW, if he does not score goals then they are still in that position, Redmond is one for the future. Alderwield would be a first team player for them.

    West Ham bought Carroll, where does that leave them when he gets injured? Its inevitable. Its like sending a chocolate space ship to the sun, its a matter of time before it melts, or in this case he gets injured.

    Villa our level? They will have lost Benteke probably and signed who exactly? They have the same team as last year, and removed some of the older players leaving them thinner in the process, especially considering the amount of youth the relied on last year.

    WBA – Because losing Lukaku has not exactly boosted them, oh wait they signed Anelka who is coming to the end of his career. Seriously comparing the two? He is looking for a pay check, as Lukaku is hungry attempting to prove his worth. Odemwengie will also most likely leave or still be frozen out. They overall have weakened not strengthened?!

    Sunderland – Because signing 10 players in one window is a shining example of what you should do?! Supposedly in for Juventus winger, and Peruzzi, both good players. Both not signed YET. Oh wait lets view the other signings other than Mannone (downgrade from Mignolet) and Altidore (unproven) WHO have they signed? Anyone venture a guess at their names? or where the play without searching it? I thought so no one has a scooby doo! As stated I work with Mackems, and all of them are worried, not excited, yet we are in panic mode because they are signing the equivalents to Amalfitano?! These two signings they are about to sign to me are the only worthy ones. My opinion of course.

    Swansea – Bony, thats it please do not even say Shelvey, Liverpool were rubbing their hands and clapping as he left for 5m. They also need to bolster as we should have done last summer. The EL does take a toll, Swansea will show that this season in my opinon. Bony is unproven, I suspect he will do well, but I could have said the same about Afonso Alves.

    We have a GREAT team, we had mass injuries and communication issues towards the later stages of last season. We signed Mbiwa, Sissoko, Debuchy all top draw players. Haidara potential to follow. Then we have Gouffran the forgotten man, a striker who did it at top level for Bordeaux. I feel the wing is merely a make shift position for him, but he is good cover for the striker role.

    Pardew is an average manager, time will tell if he loses his job. This is his final shot in my opinion, and we will have to wait and see what happens. I am sure we will finish top 10, just my opinion of course you all have yours.

  • 34 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Kets…you need to put down the coffee and get some sleep mate!

    You need a first team of 23 players that means to in every position; not utillity players. Does you mentioned are not a RB by trade (only Debuchy)

    Are these things only common knowledge to you or are just pulling my leg with these remarks?

  • 35 jeff // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    pawl read my post before spitting your gobbage

  • 36 Yorkgeordie // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    I think the point about signing players early in the transfer window is getting them involved in pre-season so we will hit the floor running and that is why some of us are “panicking?”

  • 37 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Santon is a natural right back. Anita is a natural wing back. Raylor is a natural right back. We have too many in that position. Good job we got rid of Gosling, Simpson and Perch as they are all right backs.

  • 38 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    We need at least 2 strikers, two playmakers and a centre back.

  • 39 pawl250 // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Jeff how does the contribute to my last post?!

    Ok so Alderwield plays for Belgium…. Hardly proving a point, look back at my first post!

    Why would a first team international come to Newcastle to sit on a bench on a World Cup season?!

    Point proven……

  • 40 toon kk // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Pawl…….people want transfers to help move the club forward, nothing happening or not hearing anything becomes frustrating. What happened last summer? And look what happened . To strengthen our squad needn’t brake us.

  • 41 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Hell common lads does no one is interested in talking about best position for sissoko

  • 42 pawl250 // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Kets -

    We are NOT going to get Alderwield or Benteke, mate you may aswell be realistic and stopping living on FM.

    This is the real world. This is Newcastle.

    We may sign Remy, Bent and Sinclair if we are lucky, even me hoping for Remy and De Jong and thats it I am deluding myself it could happen.

    Of course I said the same about Mbiwa and Sissoko and that happened so we can hope.

    But Benteke 25m alone, sorry but thats one straw too far, and Alderwield is not going to happen.

    Mcmanaman hes a good player, but cant see it happening, and dont think we would go for him after that horrendous challenge on Haidara without an apology according to Haidara, he probably would not be too popular!

  • 43 Slank // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Yorkie @ 36

    It’s advantageous to get them in early for the reasons you rightly say but possibly more advantageous is to have all the existing players fit, settled and working together in the pre-season.

    I will be very surprised if the great unwashed don’t implode. They have recruited so many players, many from abroad, who have never played in the Premiership and some I’m sure don’t speak English. It feels like QPR déjà vu all over again, and hopefully with the same result!

  • 44 DevonToon // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Pawl – we dont have a great team… We have a great starting line up and a couple of decent options of the bench IF everyones fit. Our “great team” really showed us how “great” it wasnt last year.. We need players in and FACT we have missed out on some really good players, we have in the past been credited with interest in. Yes i think 12mil is a bit to much for Bony, but i think the Wolf at 8.5 will be a good signing. Strait into my fft

  • 45 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    If Norwich can go for Alderweireld, why can’t we? Benteke would be interested in signing for us. We have better players than Villa.

  • 46 lesh // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Oh Ed, you live in hope….

    ‘….. cell phone, tablets and laptops where you can get work done at any time – in any place – 24 hours a day – even when you are on holiday…’.

    Phone, tablets, laptops and JFK just don’t seem to sit right together. You never know though, he might have been the inspiration that drove Steve Jobs!

    As a by the by, which was the toy shop on New Bridge Street?

  • 47 Rotonda heights // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM


    From the last thread. Are you my twin !!!! Spot on all the way through


    wanyama is going to southampton for 12.5M

    Had your really heard of either him or Fer 2/3 years ago?

    Everyone is a gamble. you give some examples that have been failures in the eredivisie but then advocate Siem de Jong but there are no guarantees with him either.

  • 48 leazes upper ( moved to the gallowgate ) // Jul 12, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    He’s a box to box midfielder not a no 10 or a winger. With our current squad id go with a 3 man midfield

    cabaye sissoko

  • 49 nut meg // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    I have only seen alderweireld on tv highlights,anyone seen him live ? I liked what i saw but wasn’t convinced he would be quick enough & we need more pace in that position IMO.

  • 50 bigiisdamana // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Does anyone else think that his best role would be DM/box to box? Much like Yaya. Start off alongside cabaye and can be pushed up if needs be depending on how the game goes. I would like to see this tried:

    Ben Arfa Sissoko Cabaye Sinclair



    Marv might not be able to deal with being so free in the middle of the park – he couldn’t at the start of last season, but he has come on a lot and I think he could be really good given a bit of game time there. His assists last year when he came on at the end of the game were brilliant

  • 51 nut meg // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Bob Paisley used to say the first 4/5 yards is in your head, Siem De Jong is no slouch & he has those 4/5 yards in his head. He’s a must.

  • 52 nufcusa // Jul 12, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Devontoon…, pawl said we had a great team not a great squad. Your statement of we have a great starting 11 agrees with him rather than contradicts him. Only 11 in a team mate.

    To many neggars on here and it is boring debating fantasy football signings. We signed a lot in January including full international class players. If January’s business was done now we would be saying what a window! Give the lads we craved in December a chance to June after a settling in period and a preseason and see what happens.

    We will sign players but mass reconstruction is not whats needed. Our current top 11 which is arguably:

    Krul, Debuchy, mbiwa, colo, santon, tiote, cabaye, sissoko, Ben Arfa, Cisse and gouffran

    That still leaves subs of Elliot, marveux, staylor, Haidara, Anita

    It then leaves further depth of Jonas, bigi, Fergie, vuckic, Williamson, Taylor, Ameobi, obertan, good, dummet, inman etc

    Granted 3 of the depth players may move on but done of those will be good enough to go on a bench an make an impact. Marv may even move so I agree there are holes to fill. But it is 2 top additions and a couple of young prospects not a new team that is needed.

  • 53 nufcusa // Jul 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    *done of those should read

    Some of those

  • 54 Premiership Manager // Jul 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    We signed 5 players in January for 18m, arguably worth 30+ as likes of Sissoko was touted for 20m+ the year before!


    So great they narrowly escaped relegation and could have gone down!!!

    Our defence is weak but has potential to be better

    We have a midfield who cannot retain possession, cannot pass the ball and cannot create goals.

    We have one striker without support and no back up.

    We have a manager who’s best attribute is his honesty but sadly lacks tactical awareness.

    We have JFK who is going to change the world – Maybe he should take up politics.

    We have an owner who just wants to recoup his money.

    Funnily enough we still have fans who want to watch every game.

    We don’t have a great team – we have a team with potential. If they reach that potential we could have a good season.

    Chelsea have a great team, Man City have a great team but we certainly don’t.

    With our easy fixture list with good gaps between the good teams, if we aren’t in the top 10 come the end of October we will be in for another relegation fight because if we don’t perform we could lose our Manager and have a Director of Football with even less of a clue taking over. By time Ashley realises he’s made another arse of it, it’ll be Christmas and by then the damage will have been done and everything will go downhill.

    It’s not all doom and gloom because if the players reach their potential it could be interesting, however if we try to accommodate players like HBA who gives the ball away for a past time, unbalancing the team, it simply won’t work.

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