Moussa Sissoko was captain yesterday in the game against Arsenal, in which Newcastle staged a terrific comeback in the second half after being 2-0 down at half time, and we almost got a point out of the game – but didn’t.
Moussa Sissoko scores early in second half yesterday
And so in our last two league games we have been beaten by Manchester United and Arsenal by the single goal, but Newcastle’s performance in the second half was like our first half performance at Chelsea – and was the best the team have played under John Carver this year.
But at the end of the day it was still another defeat and we still need a couple of wins to be safe.
Moussa Sissoko led the way for Newcastle and it seems when Moussa’s given the responsibility of captain he lifts his game – so with Coloccini’s last season being next season maybe Moussa should be given the captaincy.
Moussa got Newcastle on track in the second half with a good goal well set up by Remy Cabella, who had another outstanding game for the side.
That would help Moussa be more satisfied with his role at Newcastle and less willing to join another club – and it could also continue to bring the best our of the powerful central midfielder.
And there’s no doubt central midfield is this lad’s strongest position, and he provides power and graft in the Newcastle engine room.
Mike Ashley will spend some money this summer in the transfer window, and we wonder if there will be any changes in the Newcastle transfer policy.
One we’d love to see is for Newcastle to try a lot harder to keep their best players, which means they will only be sold if we get daft money for them – like the £35M we got for Andy Carroll over four years ago.
Ashley must start putting the strength of the squad ahead of making money – and if he would do that we could even start building a strong side.
But with the second half of the season being a bust for the second season running, with no help from the Newcastle Board to strengthen the squad, some of our best players may even try to force a move in the summer.
Moussa Sissoko could well be one of those, so giving him the captaincy may be a good move, whoever is the new head coach in the summer.
Remi Garde would be a great choice, but John Carver wouldn’t – based on his record – and that will be the biggest acquisition for the club in the summer.
The head coach is much more important than any one player who may join the club.
What do you think?
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