Moussa Sissoko was an instant hit with Newcastle fans, after he signed from Toulouse in January, and he was given the important number 10 shirt at the club.
Moussa Sissoko – after scoring at Motherwell
Sissoko scored three goals in his first two games which were great wins at Aston Villa and at home to Chelsea, and the Frenchman sensationally scored two late goals against Chelsea at St. James’ Park to give us a fantastic 3-2 win and over the reigning European Champions, and we had 6 points from his first two games.
Just fantastic, but unfortunately it didn’t last, and we struggled to keep in the Premier League, but we stayed up and things could have been a lot worse if he had taken the drop for the second time in four years.
And Sissoko missed the last few games of the season with an ankle injury, but he looked a very good player at Motherwell on Tuesday night, and he had this to say in the Shields Gazette today:
“For me, my position is number 10, but if the manager says I must play in midfield, no problem for me. “I play for the team, and nobody else. That’s the important thing.”
“Last season towards the end I didn’t play, but this is a new season,” “Now I’m so happy because I can play again. It’s pre-season, and I’m working hard.” “Last season was very difficult for the team. This season is a new page.”
“We want to play well, and for me it’s a big, big season with Newcastle. That’s why it’s important we win in pre-season.” “No matter who we play in the next match, we’re thinking about winning the games all the time.”
“I’m happy because Motherwell was our first game.” “For the team and for me personally, it was very important we won and won well.” “It’s important for confidence – we are going to need it going forward for the season ahead. So we’re all happy.”
“Learning English ia very important to me.” “Sometimes I can speak English, and each month it gets better. The English language can be very quick.” ““Sometimes I can speak English, and each month it gets better.”
“The English language can be very quick.” “Sometimes when people speak Geordie it’s hard for me, but I’m getting better. I like to speak English.”
Moussa finds it hard to understand Geordie – why aye man!
Speaking English in the dressing room is very important for the team this season, ans Vurnon Anita revealed yesterday that after January, there was some difficulty with the language, and Alan Pardew and the coaches had trouble letting the new Frenchmen what they wanted them to do on the field.
We must say Sissoko is not only a very impressive and powerful footballer, but he seems like a great guy too – and of course Moussa will be hoping to make the French squad for the World Cup next summer in Brazil.
And to do that he needs to have a great season for Newcastle – sounds good to us.
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