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This Player Can Become Massive For Newcastle – Pardew

9:53 am, Friday, October 25th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

One of the big problems with Newcastle this season is inconsistency, and therefore after a very good performance at Aston Villa to win that tough game 2-1, we managed to leak three bad goals at home to Hull City and lost 3-2, and we weren’t much better in the next league game when Everton took us apart in that first half at Goodison Park, and we conceded three goals.

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Moussa Sissoko – in action against Fulham

Since then Newcastle have done quite well, with a good win at Cardiff City and a fighting draw at home to Liverpool, after we had been reduced to 10 mean when Yanga-Mbiwa was sent off just before half time.

And next up are Sunderland, who have one draw and seven defeats in their first eight league games, so that’s a red flag to us, and very similar to the situation when they beat us 3-0 at St. James’ Park in April, when they had gone 11 games without a win. :(

Alan Pardew has started Moussa Sissoko in all of Newcastle’s league games this season, but the Newcastle manager wants to see more consistency from the French International, who on his day is simply an excellent and powerful player for the side.

And it was interesting that Moussa was the one sacrificed against Liverpool to allow Paul Dummett to replace the departed Yanga-Mbiwa in defense last Saturday.

This is what Alan Pardew said about Sissoko in the local papers today:

“I think Moussa is a player who’s perfect for the Premier League in terms of his physical stature, his mentality, his work rate and his quality,”  “I think he’s getting the balance right.”

“He’s one of the players we’re looking to for consistency of performance.” “If we can get him consistently in the sevens and eights out of 10, then he’s going to be a massive asset for the club.”

This will be Moussa’s second local derby and we have to hope Newcastle do a lot better than the rather pathetic performance at St. James Park in April, when we lost that game 3-0 to shame and embarrass the Newcastle fans.

Moussa and the other players can largely make up for that embarrassment with all 3 points at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News





7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 croftus5678 // Oct 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    very powerfull lad with decent vision just needs to polish his skills and get involved with what he used to do for former club and start reading and breaking up the game.

  • 2 Lilongwe Geordie // Oct 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Wouldn’t want Lescott anymore. At his peak he was a little better than average, now he has the turning circle and speed of an oil tanker.

    Defoe has shown he can still do it in the Europa, but I’d prefer a player with better hold up play, someone who can play with their back to goal to take pressure of us defensively, and allow us to bring Remy/HBA/Goofy into the game higher up the pitch.

    Ince, but only at 2/3million. Not completely sold on him just yet, and half of his value is due to his name and being English.

    I think it is far too early to be talking Streete into first team duty, he needs to gain some experience on loan imo. Not sure on Good, as I have seen very little of him. We need to ease off all this praise for Dummet. He has payed 90 minutes roughly for us. It wasn’t a good defensive performance against Liverpool, we were scrappy and committed, and just held on, they had decent chances still, but didn’t take them. He is a kid, who has done okay so far, but the way people are talking about him, and Pards labeling him a hero is building him up for a fall.

    Pards made similar statements about Tav a couple of years ago. These players need a chance to develop without a massive spotlight being shone on them.

  • 3 Lilongwe Geordie // Oct 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    For me, he has been our poorest centre mid so far this season. He may be powerful, but he certainly hasn’t used his power or pace to any real effect this season. I’d leave him out this weekend for a trio of Cabaye, Anita and Sissoko.

  • 4 mindshaft // Oct 25, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    The trouble is that players need a run of games but only get 20 min cameos, Pards needs to stick someone like Streete / Dummett/ Cambell in for a run of games to see if they can hack the PL

  • 5 A monkey is better then Pardew // Oct 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    For the first time since mid last season… I’ll have Tiote in my desired line up… mainly because he played well last game.. (about bl00dy time he played well…) and because we need that extra defensive presence that Anita does not provide.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Krul~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~Debuchy~~~~~Willo~~~~ Dummett~~~~~~~~Santon~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tiote~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~~Cabaye~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Sissoko~~~~~~~~~
    ~Arfa~~~~~~~~~~~~~Remy~~~~~~~~~~~~~Goofy~

    With Arfa and Goofy Interchanging.

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Oct 25, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Mindshaft,
    Agreed, but I’d rather see Campbell and Streete get a good run of games elsewhere first, just to get them more used to senior competitive football. Dummett had that last year, and if the need arose play him in a run of games. I still don’t feel he is a better full back than Santon, or would play centre back if everyone was fit so where does he fit?

  • 7 toonicle // Oct 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Mindshaft- Agree but you should add Sammy to that list, I really feel like he should get a run out soon as his pace and crossing have been quite good from what i’ve seen so far this year.




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