Newcastle Midfielder – I Like The Club, The City And The Fans

After Yohan Cabaye mentioned that he had missed the Champions League and intimated he may even want to leave Newcastle at the end of the season, one of his French midfield team mates has said today he likes things at  Newcastle – the club, and City and the fans – to be exact.

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Moussa Sissoko – in action at Tottenham

Moussa has been a starter ever since he was the last of five Frenchmen to arrive last January, and those five transfers by Newcastle are now starting to look very good.

Three of them – Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa and Yoan Gouffran starters very game, and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has played as a starter for the last several games, and young Massadio Haidara has had a few injury problems this season, but looks a very good left back at only 20 years old.

Moussa has talked to the local press today:

“I’m happy here.” “I like the club, the city and the fans.” “I think all the players are happy here at Newcastle.”

“When we play together, it’s easier.” “If we work hard every week, I think when the season finishes Newcastle could be in the top seven or eight.”

Moussa has been playing on the wings since he arrived in January, although at his former club Toulouse, he was a central midfielder.

The 6’2″ player is a powerhouse at Newcastle with those surging runs of his, although there are areas of his game he can and will improve on at Newcastle.

One of them is scoring goals,  and he missed a golden chance for Newcastle in the first half last Saturday against Norwich, but there’s simply no doubt this lad has been a great acquisition for Newcastle, and he will only get better.

What do you think?

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17 comments so far

  • G

    Nov 27, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s always nice to know that should Cabaye try to force a transfer we have a replacement ready for his spot. Completely different type of player, but a more than capable centre mid. I think Ed is right though, and he has been wasted playing out wide.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Cabaye is gone after the World cup, there is no way Ashley will let him go into the last year of his contract and then be held to ransom, there will be a tiresome summer of negotiations and then he’ll be off in September for about13-15M when it’s too late to spend it on another couple of players.

  • Dannyo

    Nov 27, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Has to be said, Sissoko played his fair share of games on the wing for Tolouse as well.

  • G

    Nov 27, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #4

    @3, correct. He was wasted there too.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 27, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Adebayor is due £1.4million from Spurs as a ‘loyalty’ payment if he is still there when this January window closes. Not to mention that he is receiving huge wages c.£170,000 plus a further £40,000 per week from Man City.

    On Sissoko, I’m not sure he is wasted out wide. Since moving to the right his performances have picked up. Whilst he was playing in centre mid this season he has been comfortably our poorest performer in that role.

    These quotes mean as little as Cabaye’s quotes the other day.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Nov 27, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Alexendru Maxim is the player we need to get in place of cabaye

  • G

    Nov 27, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #7

    LG, whilst he can pick out a pass from wide better than say Obertan (hey, who cant?) I don’t think he looks comfortable there. I want to see more of his runs from the centre to pick up the loose balls, the way he was mainly deployed in Tolouse. We haven’t had a regular player who could complete that role since Gary Speed.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 27, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #8


    Yes should Cabaye look to engineer a move away Sissoko would be the replacement but I’m pretty certain the club have been trying to flog him, all be it for the right price since last season. SD News almost weekly has a report on Cabaye leaving (as we have seen with other outlets go against Ashley and you are out of the club) so surely this is management flogging him, a manager who harps on about being worried about bids, someone needs to tell him about contracts and the fact bids can be rejected.

    Cabaye did come out and say you’d have to ask JFK what happened, he knows the truth (I think we tried to flog him and blamed the lad for it) I for one can’t blame Cabaye for wanting CL footy and the concern for me is that we may lose other players through lack of ambition, at least show the players we want to play in Europe and that we have plans. Constantly worrying about bids for players rather than signing players and openly stating that it’s pleasing to be out of a competition as well as stating that 10th is a requirement with no cup runs is not ambition, it’s called mediocrity

  • Rainrix

    Nov 27, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Lilong…. Agree re sissoko he’s actually been quite good on the wing despite a lot of people not really agreeing with it initially (myself included). His work rate certainly helps the full back and has the pace and power to threaten the opposition. He could have actually had three goals in his last 3 games considering he was 1 on 1 with the keeper against chelsea spurs and norwich. Certainly if we’re going to persist with 4 4 2 i’d say he’s our best option for the right flank atm.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 27, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #10

    For me next season we will be without remy and cabaye as they are both ambitious and good enough to get champions league football.

    I’m just going to enjoy their play this year and if they do leave not worry til I see who we do or don’t sign.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 27, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Rain rix

    Agree. An he has been drifting inside and even to the left when he has chance, it’s good as he doesn’t hug the touch line so when the ball is forward on the left he gets central to offer another body to attack

  • jayphoto

    Nov 27, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Saw MS many times for toulouse, hes a really frustrating player! Even in ligue 1 he was very inconsistent! On his day hes untouchable but that only seems to come every 7/8 games! Hes still very young though, i remember Arsenal turning down yaya toure at a similar age for the same reasons so theres hope yet

  • Rainrix

    Nov 27, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #13

    Sage…. Yep gouffran does the same which we do need. Earlier in the season we’d often have just one person in the box, now both our wingers are drifting and helping in the box and it payed off on saturday.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 27, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #14

    I agree, he isn’t a natural right winger. It is more how poor he looked in the centre of midfield earlier this season that I am commenting on. For me he would be 4th choice for that role on form this year – Cabaye, Tiote, Anita, Sissoko.

    He is young, and will learn and improve (hopefully) but he is far away from being ready to step into a pivotal role there for us. If/When Cabaye leaves then we need a to sign someone.

  • Sav

    Nov 27, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #15

    His decision makijng even against Norwich was not up to thje calibre needed for CM. But Moussa is a powerhouse and offers us something different in his own right.

  • AmericanGeordie

    Nov 27, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #16

    @ jayphoto #12 & LG #14. I think you are both spot on.

    Sissoko has looked better on the wing than in CM. I don’t think he has the vision or passing ability, at least at this point in his career, to play in the engine room.

    Further, to jayphoto’s point, I think he has been mostly poor for us. The frustrating part is that when he looks good, he looks like a world beater; but I agree it’s only about 7 out of 8 times. I think we all tend to overrate our own lads, but with Sissoko it is especially true because he has such natural athlecticism — size, power and pace. But, there is undoubtedly something lacking in his game.

  • geordiejamie89

    Nov 27, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Sissoko is the player Newcastle will end up loosing in a couple years to a bigger club, him and haidara. That’s after cabaye leaves this summer.
    Theyre brilliant signings which is a worry, mike Ashley only wants mediocre.
    Still think sissoko will improve slightly, like vurnon has.


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