Hectic Pre-Season Schedule Continues – Where’s Sissoko?


It’s a hectic schedule for Newcastle in this pre-season, and we are now half way through the eight game pre-season schedule set up by Lee Charnley in early May of this year.

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Alan PardewKrul and Janmaat not available

And less than 24 hours after travelling back over 11.0000 miles from New Zealand, Newcastle were in action again on Wednesday night at Hillsborough, and won the game 1-0, to make it three wins in a row without conceding a goal.

Now Newcastle fly to Germany today to play games tomorrow and Sunday in the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen Germany, where we will play Malaga and Schalke 04.

And then on Tuesday we are at Huddersfield Town, followed by our final game of pre-season – and the first home game a week on Sunday at St. James’ Park against Spanish side Real Sociedad – and then 7 days rest before we tale on Manchester City at home in the first league game of the season.

Pardew will give Remy Cabella his first run out over the weekend, but Krul and Janmaat will be missing.

This is what Alan has said today:

“I think Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat are the only two who won’t play, but they will come in and everybody will be together in Germany.”

“I expect to have a strong side at Huddersfield on Tuesday.”

And there is no mention there of Moussa Sissoko, who we assume is back at Newcastle in training, since France were knocked out of the World Cup before Holland, and our two Dutch lads are back.

Hope he doesn’t want to leave Newcastle this summer.

Comments welcome.

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13 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Aug 1, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Slow down Ed

    Does no one else feel that Riviere and Remy are very similar in the way they play/type of forward they are?

    Ibizatoon

    I was thinking he was 29 as well mate but had to recheck because of our principles. We’ve already spent 2m on him which was the loan deal now we are looking to spend 13.5m that’s 15.5m for someone who doesn’t really want to be with us.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 1, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Our toon

    This is just how I see it, no proof as such.

    Remy had a choice of us and QPR, he got more money, definite starts up front and a relegation release clause (looked like it was going to happen). Therefore he could stick himself in the shop window, score some goals, then move on for a low fee which would make him appealing to a lot more clubs.

    With us he would have signed a long term deal as all do, doubtful for a release clause as we had just been stung by Ba’s and we had cisse as main man then so might have been out wide and less chance to score.

    So ultimately he had more chance to impress and easier to get a move going to QPR, either way we were both stepping stones then and QPR was the easier one.

    Now I think he has seen he can’t get his move, nobody coming in so going to the better club in terms of football/chance of higher league position/better quality players, etc.

    I may be totally wrong and he went just for the cash, just an idea.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Aug 1, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Interseting article
    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/sport-opinion/neil-cameron-moussa-sissoko-going-7519836

    In the French press he has been linked with Monaco and Liverpool

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 1, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #4

    TS

    I understand what your saying mate, why didn’t he give our officials the chance to renegotiate a deal with him when QPR came in? He refused to sit down with us after our initial offer, QPR came in for him and he disappeared….He signed for them floppy chops got what he wanted and Remy the sly dog got what he ultimately wanted. He couldn’t get the clause with us last time which I think was more of a tipping point but he will get one this time because we are desperate

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  • Lew Davies

    Aug 1, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    TS – it was also the lure of London too. Tho I can never get my head around that attraction. Our capital is a filthy sh!t hole imho.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 1, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6

    OurToon…”our principles” – Sorry, that made me smile 🙂

    I’m with you tbh. Yes he will get goals, which we need. Ideally I’d like to think we’re after other options, options that actually want to be here. But can beggars be choosers? Sigh.

    Right, I best get on with some work. Take it easy one and all.

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  • Tinman

    Aug 1, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t he say EVERYONE will be together in Germany. The fact he didn’t mention Sissoko means, unlike Krul and Janmaat, he will be playing a part in at least one of the games.

    It really is a hectic schedule we have this pre season! And for once it seems like we have the squad capable of doing it.

    As far as our young players go, I have been very impressed with Haidara, Aarons and Perez. All have looked very exciting, Aarons and Perez look like some real raw attacking talent and finally some pace! Abeid and Satka have done alright as well.

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  • Graeme

    Aug 1, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Ibiza – thats a nasty 4 letter word to be using at this time of the morning mate. Put me right of the bacon & eggs lol

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  • yorkymag

    Aug 1, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #9

    I went to hills borough Wednesday and IMO rivière is no remy far less mobile and more comfortable central only one pre season i know ,he looked decent found the physical nature of the owls tough .welcome to England but he will get used to that
    I don’t see any reason why they can’t play together but pardew is going to have some selection challenges as Siem and rivière are after the same spot if we have remy
    I don’t like his attitude but out of these three he is the best by a mile

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  • yorkymag

    Aug 1, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #10

    I went to hills borough Wednesday and IMO rivière is no remy far less mobile and more comfortable central only one pre season i know ,he looked decent found the physical nature of the owls tough .welcome to England but he will get used to that
    I don’t see any reason why they can’t play together but pardew is going to have some selection challenges as Siem and rivière are after the same spot if we have remy
    I don’t like remys attitude but out of these three he is the best by a mile IMO
    We are in for some fascinating times pardew is really bad when he Has decisions to make

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 1, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #11

    lew

    London is really nice, especially if you have that kind of money you can live in very nice parts and do all sorts of things, see so many of them at concerts, sporting events, etc etc all enjoying the lifestyle.

    Our toon

    Yeh he was selfish, didn’t give us chance but maybe we had already ruled out clauses, etc.

    I think he is worth giving a go, same way I’d give hatem a go in per season, see if he is as fit as he says and wants to work for the team more.

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  • T.T.V.V.T.

    Aug 1, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #12

    Only way we will sign either Grenier or Isla is if Sissokko goes elsewhere.

    It’s been very quiet with regards to his name being mentioned, which is perhaps a little worrying.

    I’d much rather he was still at Newcastle come the start of the season, but we shall see.

    As for Remy, there’s far too many rumours flying about at the minute to know whats going on.
    Word is that Charney is meeting with QPR representatives and Remy’s agent this morning.

    Fingers crossed it’s positive from our point of view…

    I was in two minds as to whether i wanted us to sign Remy given all the stories we are aware of.

    However, looking at the stats for last season in terms of average points accumilated per game with and without him, it tells it’s own story!

    With Remy – 1.8 points per game average
    Without Remy – 0.16 points per game (rounded up)

    “Leaving aside the League Cup defeat, without Remy it leaves a Premier League record of;
    6 Matches 0 Goals 15 Conceded 1 Point

    The record WITH Remy reads;
    23 Matches 37 Goals 25 Against 42 Points”

    It stands to reason that Remy alone adds a whole new dimension to the way we play, and the way teams have to play against us.
    Now factor in additons such as Cabella and De Jong who are (on paper) players who can create as well as score goals.

    With Remy in the side we look a completely different propostion, and for this reason i’ve concluded that we don’t have to like the bloke, or agree with his morals, but he’s a player who would be so influential on our league position this coming season.

    Article:
    http://www.themag.co.uk/the-mag-articles/truth-newcastle-united-without-loic-remy/

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  • T.T.V.V.T.

    Aug 1, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #13

    @yorkymag

    Can’t see where the selection problem will come from mate?

    1) Remy would start up front, most likely in a 4-3-2-1 formation.
    2) Riviere would be second choice, and on the bench
    3) Siem De Jong is an attacking midfielder/number 10 and would play in the 3 behind Remy, with Cabella and either Sissokko or Gouffran.

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