Moussa Sissoko had a good World Cup for France in the summer, and he has been a good player and an automatic starter for Newcastle United ever since he arrived on Tyneside from Toulouse in January of 2013.
Moussa Sissoko in action on Sunday
And Moussa could have been the hero on Sunday, after Remy Cabella set him up brilliantly, and Moussa had a clear shot on goal from just outside the penalty area, but ballooned the ball over the bar when he should have done a lot better, and at the time there were only a couple of minutes to go and the score was still 1-0.
And that’s just one part of his game that he can improve – his goal scoring record – and in 57 appearances for Newcastle Moussa has 6 goals.
Alan Pardew has always been a big fan of the 21 times capped French International ,and Alan had this to say about his 6’2″ powerhouse today, when asked if the 25 year-old can improve:
“Yes, I do. I think Moussa is a player who can grow. I think he can improve in the Premier League and for France.” “He showed a few flashes in the World Cup and that was very pleasing for us.”
“He’s a huge character as well as a very important player for us and I think we will see more of his character this year.” “He has a winning mentality and we are looking forward to a big season from him.”
“I wouldn’t say Yohan was the leader in the dressing room as such, but he was a leader on the pitch in terms of the way he pulled the strings and dictated the pace.”
“Moussa is a different type of player. I think he can lead us with his spirit and his drive.” “That is his strength and he has already shown that in his early games here when he scored against Chelsea.”
“He has such tremendous power and of course in the Premier League that is very important, and also in the world game.”
In some games Moussa looks simply world-class, but in other games he doesn’t show much at all, and looks rather ordinary.
As well as increasing his goal scoring record, Moussa needs to become more consistent, but he has everything it takes to be a top player in the Premier League.
We would like to see Moussa play in a central midfield role at Newcastle – and he would work well with local lad Jack Colback, who has made such an excellent start to his career at his home town club.
There’s no doubt that Moussa has the talent and the physical attributes to become a top player – and now his challenge is to become that player at Newcastle – hopefully this season.
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