Newcastle Midfielder Could Be Star Man For France

Some good news today in France about the injury Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy picked up in the 8-0 hammering of Jamaica last Sunday, and also some good word from the France manager Didier Deschamps about Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who could be the surprise star man for France in the World Cup that will start in Brazil today.

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Moussa Sissoko in action for France

Mathieu was withdrawn at half time in that last game,  and there was real concern as initial reports said had broken his leg, but it ended up that Mathieu had injured his thigh and found it difficult to run.

At his latest press conference the France manager Deschamps said this about the Newcastle defender:

“Only Debuchy isn’t training. It’s nothing serious though, just a precaution.” “There are no worries about him.”

That’s good news for Newcastle fans, but it’s expected that Bacary Sagna will start France’s first group game which is against Honduras on Sunday.

We’ll have to see if Newcastle’s other representative in the France squad – Moussa Sissoko – will start in that game.

Sissoko looked very good against Jamaica, when he played in central midfield – and a note to Alan Pardew – we could play Moussa there for Newcastle next season.

Deschamps of course already knows all about Sissoko, and he also has Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba and former Newcastle star Yohan Cabaye, who can play in central midfield for France.

This is what Deschamps said about Moussa at the press conference:

“It’s not like I just discovered him.”  “On Sunday, he was playing in his preferred role and I know what he can bring to a team.”

Paul Pogba, the former Manchester United youngster has just finished a great season at Italian Champions Juventus, and he had this to say about the in-form Newcastle star:

“Moussa had a great game against Jamaica,” “I don’t regard myself as a guaranteed starter.”

Mathieu Debuchy is likely to attract attention this summer from clubs such as French powerhouse PSG, and of course if Moussa does win the starting position for France in central midfield, he could also be in big demand, because he will be keeping some very good players out of the French side.

Comments welcome.

64 comments so far

  • beermonkey

    Jun 12, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    I am sure Ashley will watch with great delight to see if he turns out to be the star man for the French

    he will then start to laugh and rub his has together while he works out how to spend profit
    wouldn’t be so bad if he took the profit but he will have the lot

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 12, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Here’s another one in the eye for the odd dickhead on here that would have us believe we’re not a big club. This time from Graham Taylor.

    Last month’s return reminded Taylor of the latent potential of a one-club city like Newcastle. “The Premier League makes things very difficult but I would love Newcastle to be back among the top four again,” he said.

    “It is really a magnificent football club and walking around the stadium last month brought back some excellent memories…….

  • Shaker

    Jun 12, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3

    probably will be sold for £15m in January
    Next year for Arsenal or a french club
    thats our pathetic board !!!

  • giimps

    Jun 12, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Hes wasted on Fraudew anyway,
    Having Fraudew as our manager and his coaching team is akin to Quickfit servicing and maintaining formula 1 racing machines, yes they can make the car drive ok, but in the proper hands the car /team will handle and operate at a much higher level.
    Fraudew OUT

  • l3wy

    Jun 12, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    He looked good in central mid field because he’s a central midfielder not a winger

  • Shaker

    Jun 12, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #6


    don’t remind me again abut that clown
    i wonder if ” Fraudew ” has dignity
    you are smaller than managing Newcastle
    DO YOUR FU***** JOB IDIOT !!
    we don’t want a victory from the top teams
    why you give us a clowns show on SJP ??
    and why you’re losing against smaller teams ??
    you only have just to ( QUIT ) fast !!! :@

  • ganiyu

    Jun 12, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #7

    moussa best plays as a right winger and as a central attacking midfielder.

  • Shaker

    Jun 12, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #8

    # l3wy

    yes you are right he looked very good at that pos

    Now !!
    I think Santon can be very fit as a right winger
    but obviously Newcastle Board and the fat MA
    have another opinion .

  • Oldgit1

    Jun 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9

    I for one won’t be buying a season ticket I have made this clear from the start. Am I pleased that season ticket sales are down, answer is no. I use to love the excitement of going to the match. I see no pleasure in going now, the atmosphere is dire, and the thought of any money going to Ashley makes me sick to the stomach.

    This guy has lowered all fans expectations and turned a few of them into accountants with supporters more concerned with the financial side of the club rather than looking to the team.

    I want entertainment I want to see the team play good football. I want the excitement of the Keegan and sir bobby robson era. I want to see players with skill. Is that really too much to ask.

    Ashley has ruined our club and can see us heading down the same road as Aston ville. With supporters losing interest and turning their backs on the team.

    Once supporters stop coming to the matches surely revenue will drop and I don’t think there is any chance of these supporters coming back, unlike the Keegan days there is not a 10k waiting list for a ticket.

    Spending 10 m on a player doesn’t worry other teams. All Ashley has done is lower the fans expectations. Job done, you moron

  • lesh

    Jun 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #10


    If Ashley showed some ambition and made earnest efforts to get quality players over that damned ‘line’ fans would be delighted to support their team.

    As is, we’ve been served the usual window crap, unrealistic bids, links to potential signings that have and no doubt will come to nothing. Can we look forward to lacklustre football and runs of defeats, yet again? Probably.

    Being successful in business is surely a two-way process and customers need to feel they’ve been given a good deal for their hard-earned money and it may well be that instead of responding to calls for a boycott and the non-renewal of season tickets, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if attendances did fall, noticeably and spend their money on other things.

    Ok, that may not impact too much on revenue but as far as the media’s concerned, it’ll send out a big message to the world at large – that the fans of Newcastle United are fed up to the teeth with being conned with false promises such as the strengthening of the squad, replacement of the quality players who’ve been sold etc etc etc.

    Such a message would show Ashley and his associates to be what they are.

  • stuart no9

    Jun 12, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #11

    oldgit—– here here , its just a shame 52,000 others don t think like us . cant believe they still get the crowds they get . They are NOT nufc fans . they are Sports Direct investers . True newcastle fans dont go. simple as that .

  • Our Toon

    Jun 12, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #12


    Spot on my friend, couldn’t have put it better myself. Seems like more and more on this blog are avoiding SJP but my concern is that cheaper prices will bring in replacements for these fans.


    On Sissoko, surely Deschamps knows him better from his time in France and it’s funny how he emphasises that Sissoko played in his preferred position Central Midfield, this kid could be the next Yaya Toure type of player but he needs to play centrally not out wide on the wing

  • the truth will out

    Jun 12, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #13

    not a penny more
    parcrap out

  • Our Toon

    Jun 12, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #14

    Stuart No9

    Spot on mate, it was tough for me to boycott all matches last year and not spend a penny on anything NUFC related first time in 15 years or MA related. Fans say they miss the rituals of meeting up with mates, having pints, HT pie and the buzz of match days… me they are all selfish reasons and have nothing to do with supporting the team.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Jun 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #15

    Maybe Sissoko will be key player for his country if played on his right spot BUT don’t forget 14 years loyal Newcastle player Shola Ameobi to be key player for his country Nigeria.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #16

    Who knows best where to play Sissoko -well probably himself first – box to box midfielder – it’s his preferred position.
    Can he be or should he be converted to a winger -Percy Parsnip thinks he can convert him to play on the wing and Didier Deschamps plays him centrally. Who is right?
    Percy Parsnip – Johnson Paint Trophy.

    Didier Deschamps.
    France’s most decorated player boasts two Champions League winners’ medals (alongside three CL runners-up gongs), three Ligue 1 and three Serie A titles, the French Cup, the Italian Cup, the FA Cup – not to mention being a European Championship winner. Throw in the fact he lifted the World Cup as well.

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 12, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #17


    The exodus of the hardcore fans has been in motion for a number of years

    By splitting the most vocal supporter’s up coupled with the fact the ground has a massive family orientation now, he succeeded in taking away the atmosphere and replaced it with a fanbase who don’t speak out or don’t dare to

    I believe he achieved it by as I said above getting rid of the hardened supporter’s first then offering low prices so they got replaced by more quiet support and people who would accept what’s happening

    All part of fatty’s masterplan imo mate

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #18

    Mister Tuff

    Can’t really argue with them credentials can we!

    Parsnip over Deschamps any day 😉

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 12, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #19


    Obviously the heavy handed tactics of the stewards and the warning of “if you dare to stand up during the match you will be ejected” hasn’t helped, let’s all sit there like good little supporters and not say a word unless of course we score then we can do what we want

    In the not to distant future I can imagine it being like a gameshow with autocue’s to the crowd

    When a particular robust challenge happens “boo”

    if we score “clap and cheer”

    And his favourite “silence”

    That’s what it’s turning into! A fcuking masquerade

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 12, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #20

    Ahhhh that felt good

  • stuart no9

    Jun 12, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #21

    oir toon … people have been going to the games , like me , for nearly 50 years . I understand it when they say they still go , however , i find it difficult to agree with them , in these dark days , their reasons for going .
    Your right when you mention the word ‘selfish’ 100%, coz that is what its all about , no matter how bad we are or who is in charge , NOTHING is going to stop them doing what they have done since pussy was a cat.
    I find that odd ! coz these same fans have seen the good times , wouldnt you think they would want them back ??

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 12, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #22

    Sham of an owner and a sham of a manager both with the target to dampen down expectations

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #23

    Am I the new Belfast? Blog killer?

  • Macas

    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #24

    Wasn’t Sissoko was playing on the right for France?

  • stuart no9

    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #25

    Average @17. Good point . That is exactly how he has gone about getting what he wants , and stl getting full houses every game . He’s a bas@@d but a clever one

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #26


    He was used on the right of a 4-3-3 but in the second three so not a winger mate

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #27


    I meant the first 3 😀

  • Our Toon

    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #28


    It seems like SJP has already become that, its astonishing how many turn up and expect us to get beat, they expect rubbish substitutions, yet take it on the chin to return the following week for the same dross.

    Stuart No 9

    The big issue is that the ones that some fans are so scared of what MA might do, if we boycott he might strip the club of all its assets blah blah blah, well we are already being stripped of all of our assets. We are a marketing tool and as ED said yesterday MA needs a full house or almost a full house to ensure his SD brand looks good to investors etc

  • Our Toon

    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #29

    He played RCM not RW

  • jazzyp

    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #30

    Oh my god…… that still go to matches are not Nufc fans but Sport direct fans. Ya having a laugh lads.
    Tell that to everyone that walked out the last match of the season then.
    Tell that to those what continuously chant through out the match to make a point of there distain for the management.
    Seriously guys ya need to have a word with yourselves !!

  • Belfast

    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #31

    Only one blog killer around here mate 🙂

    The serial killer….

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #32


    Yes that’s what I meant lol

  • Macas

    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #33


    Not sure where his best position is myself, he’s solid if unspectacular when played deeper/more centrally, and a lot of his best moments have come through skinning the full back on the wing with his pace and laying the ball back from the touchline.
    However he hasn’t really got enough skill to be an amazing winger.
    I don’t think he has really laid claim to either position so think it’s a bit harsh to criticize Pardew for where he plays him.

  • Our Toon

    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #34


    SD fans? I never stated that they were SD fans. As for the walkout mate we’ve debated that before and I think its fair to say we agreed to disagree.

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #35


    Your welcome to the serial killer moniker mate its not for me as I’d like to think im quite a stable individual….maybe not where Nufc are concerned as everytime parsnip opens his mouth I get the sudden urge to close it permanently and I,don’t think I’d stop there! Fat mike next 😉

  • Our Toon

    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #36


    When he signed for us we played him as an attacking midfielder, no.10 position for a few games the reports at the time were that Deschamps was taking the mick out of him and saying he’d never play there under him. This season he played as a winger, the player prefers CM or DM

  • jazzyp

    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #37

    That was not directed at you mate.
    we all see Nufc through different eyes and differ in opinion. But my argument is that you don’t see fans that still attend matches coming on here and slagging fans off that have stopped attending.
    Yet fans that have stopped going for reasons I quite understand think they have the right to have a go at fans that still attend .
    We all have different reasons and motives for attending or not, but what I am saying is don’t shove an opinion down somebody’s throat just because they don’t agree

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #38


    We can blame parsnip on this occasion mate because when he played for toulouse he played in the middle, as soon as he came here he got shifted to the wing so we haven’t seen what he can do for us in the middle as of yet but I bet if played in his preferred position which he stated himself he would be an animal

  • beermonkey

    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #39


    sissoko has the potential to be a good box to box mid
    when ever he has been in the middle and is told to sit there so no bursting run into the box
    lets not forget we only saw the cabaye in his last 7 games when pards pushed him further up

  • Our Toon

    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #40


    I understand the reasons of fans that are tied into long term deals but I can’t fathom why others line up to replace fans that have left there seats especially when one considers the circumstances surrounding the reasons for the seat becoming vacant!!

    My main issue is the ritual argument and reasons i stated above which have nothing to do with supporting the team but more of a practice of what has become a weekly/fortnightly routine, this has nothing to do with supporting the team and is more of a day out with friends.


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