It’s probably a little unfair to be too critical of any of the five French players who arrived last January, because as we’ve found out in the past it takes time for them to settle into the Premier League, and what usually happens is that they play well and then have a poor game – it’s inconsistency and that’s what’s happened to some extent all five players we brought in last January, with one exception possibly being Yoan Gouffran.
Moussa Sissoko – a player with enormous potential
One player who has looked excellent but has been inconsistent this term is Moussa Sissoko, who on his day looks almost like a world beater with his strength and power in the middle of the field.
Moussa had a strong game on Wednesday night, and played out wide, and Alan Pardew has talked about the 24 year-old today:
“I still think he can be the player we saw against Chelsea last season but I understand why people are asking questions,” “He’s had a chequered start where he’s been fantastic in some games.”
“I thought he was brilliant on Wednesday night. When you look at the modern Premier League, the likes of Man City, Chelsea and Spurs have such great power, height and athleticism.”
“I would consider myself a big central midfielder when I played in the 90s. But now I’d be a small central midfielder. Moussa has all the ingredients of a modern midfielder, he’s powerful, he’s strong and he’s got that attacking ability.”
“The only thing he’s getting wrong at the minute is getting used to the Premier League and different environments when teams drop off or put us under pressure. He needs that experience. He’s going to be a big player for this football club.
“Through thick and thin I’ll stick by him because I know it’s in there.”
Moussa has played 28 times for Newcastle with three goals and five assists and 12 times for France.
And the former Toulouse midfielder could well become an excellent player for Newcastle, but he still needs more games to settle down in the Newcastle side.
Moussa was the star man in the home fixture against Chelsea last season, when we came back from 2-1 down and Moussa scored two goals in those last 22 minutes to dramatically win the game for Newcastle.
It would be great if the same thing can happen tomorrow, and Newcastle get an unlikely win, and while that seems very unlikely, I’ve been wrong before – so there’s always hope. .