The Newcastle manager has given a long interview with the Evening Standard today and the Newcastle manager talks about lots of things.
Moussa Sissoko – a battering ram for Newcastle
One thing we haven’t done this year is to replace Yohan Cabaye with another similar play-maker, who can open up defenses with defense splitting passes and score some goals too in the process.
But Pardew has recently played Moussa Sissoko in that position with some success, because the 6’2″ Frenchman has offered some bite and power in midfield, with his surging runs at the opposing defense.
This is what Alan said about Moussa today and the system he used to play when Cabaye was still at Newcastle:
“Sometimes I play that system with a striker, sometimes with a midfielder,” “Last year Cabaye had massive success in the first half of the season.”
“Moussa Sissoko has grown comfortable in that role and he’s probably one of the big reasons why we have picked up.” “He is not a Cabaye. He’s got a different role.”
“Cabaye was the intelligence of the team, Moussa is like the battering ram.”That’s a great way to describe the powerful Sissoko – as a bettering ram – love it.”
“He’ll make a run that blows the back four apart. The goal he scored against Manchester City – Cabaye wouldn’t have got.”
That’s a great way to describe the powerful Sissoko – as a bettering ram – love it
There’s no doubt that Moussa has shown his best form in a Newcastle shirt over the last six weeks, and he can improve still more.
And while Alan Pardew played him on the wings moist of the time he has been an automatic starter for the Newcastle manager and many fans though Moussa’s best position was central midfield.
In that position he can best utilize his immense power in the heart of Newcastle’s midfield, and certainly it’s worked well in this five game winning streak.
And one area where Moussa can improve his game is in scoring goals, and maybe playing in the number 10 role will give him a decent chance to get more goals for the side.
The Newcastle team over the last six games has been great, and we hope we can keep up our good form against QPR on Saturday, when we will be without Coloccini and Abeid, who are both out injured but for only a couple of weeks.
Another win in that game and we could be in the top six, and with a very slim chance of being in the top four.
Given we were joint bottom only a few weeks ago, that’s just a remarkable turnaround.
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