Some worrying news tonight about Moussa Sissoko, who is one of the few Newcastle players who had a decent season last term, and he could be disillusioned at the way Newcastle sold their best player – Yohan Cabaye – in January for £20M to PSG and didn’t replace him, and his agent has hinted his player is ready to leave the club in the summer.
Moussa Sissoko - open to proposals
We have talked before about what a terrible message it was in January to send to the Newcastle players by selling Cabaye, – and the message sent by Ashley was that money at Newcastle is more important than the team.
And it’s not the first time Mike Ashley has done that – he sold Andy Carroll on the last day of the January transfer widow to Liverpool for £35M over three years ago and couldn’t replace him.
Mike is not a football man, and he doesn’t seem to realise and grasp the kind of negative message and damage that does to a squad.
Frederic Guerra is the France international’s agent and he has this to say on Eurosport:
“He has only a year and a half on his contract at Newcastle and we are open to all proposals”
Moussa is only 24, and was an excellent signing for Newcastle from Toulouse in January of last year, but he is already one of Newcastle’s best players, and Newcastle cannot seem to keep their best players at the club.
That’s simply because of the owner’s complete lack of any real ambition – and the best players want to move on to play for top clubs playing in the Champions League, and it’s hard to blame them for that.
But our information is that Moussa signed a six and a half year deal at Newcastle just eighteen months ago, so that contract still has a full five years to run – so it seems his agent is trying to get another club interested in his player.
We expect somebody at the club – maybe Alan Pardew – to talk to Moussa about what this is all about.
Ever since he signed on at Newcastle on January 25th last year, Moussa has been an automatic starter for Newcastle, and he hasn’t missed many games at all, and in total he’s played 56 games with 6 goals and 12 assists for the Tyneside club.
But this may be another case of a player getting too good for Newcastle in a fairly short time frame, and that also happened with both Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye, who were at the club for only 18 months and 30 months respectively.
And Mathieu Debuchy could also depart this summer, especially if he has a good World Cup, and of course Moussa is also in the French squad of 23, as is top striker Loic Remy, who has already told Newcastle he’s on his way in the summer after his season on loan at the club.
Until Mike Ashley comes out and points the way at trying to be a top six club in the Premier League, then our best players will continue to want to leave the club – sooner rather than later.
Why doesn’t Mike understand that?
What do you think?