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Newcastle Man Pushing For Starting Place In France Side

7:38 am, Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 3 Comments

Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko has played for France in a substitute appearance in their 3-0 win over Honduras, and he started the game against Switzerland in place of Juventus’ Paul Pogba, and not only played well but scored a great goal – his first in International football in his 19th appearance for his country.

Switzerland v France: Group E - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Sissoko hits the ball first time into the corner of the net against Switzerland

And like Mathieu Debuchy and Yohan Cabaye, he has become a more complete player at Newcastle, and the question now is whether France manager Didier Deschamps will make Moussa first choice in his midfield.

It will be interesting to see which player gets the starting role in France’s last group game against Ecuador on Wednesday.

The were rumors that Didier Deschamps had dropped Pogba from the starting line-up due to some discipline problems, but none of that had been confirmed.

Moussa seems happy enough just to get a game, and he talked about the game against Switzerland and the warm-up game against Jamaica, when he was the star man for France:

“I am happy with my performances during this game against Switzerland and the one against Jamaica,” 

“I am not here to take the place of someone else (Pogba). I am within a group of 23 people. The head coach told us that every player can be in the line-up. I am trying to be always ready for it.

“If he asks me to start, I try to give the good answer on the pitch.”  “It is the strength of this group. Everybody has the same goal in mind, without qualms. We all want to do our best for the team,” 

“Whatever the player is on the line-up or has to enter the pitch during the game, he will give his best. It is why we are currently strong.”

Moussa has looked a very good player so far in this World Cup, but of course the problem we have at Newcastle is that if he plays too well,  a bigger and more ambitious club than Newcastle could come in for him.

What we are trying to do at Newcastle during this World Cup is to attract top players to Tyneside, and we don’t want to lose any of out top players – like Moussa Sissoko.

The midfielder has played 56 games for Newcastle with 6 goals and 12 assists in his one and a half seasons on Tyneside, since joining us from Toulouse in January of last year.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Premier League · World Cup 2014



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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bambams // Jun 22, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    If a club with ambition comes knocking…..

  • 2 JP...from The Rock // Jun 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    I was about to say if an ambitious club comes in for him with a big bid to take him then it’s more money for us to buy a couple of decent players-then I remembered this is Ashley we’re talking about and he won’t invest that money, it will all be going to his pocket!

    God I hate that man and what he’s done to our beloved NUFC!!

  • 3 toonluvva // Jun 22, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Music to Mr Ashley’s ears. If he can shift out Krul, Debuchy & Sissoko then he’ll make a nice little earner!

    Every player had his price tag, the higher the bid the more likely he is to accept it. On the other side, he’ll never make a decent bid for any of our targets.

    I just hope that Mr Charnley can make him see sense in this transfer window.




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