How Newcastle Can Keep Moussa Sissoko At Newcastle


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.

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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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7 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 22, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #1

    We could make a start by stripping Collocini of the captains armband.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 22, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Actually something I thought worked better yesterday was the midfield without Colback. Gouf on the other hand is stil a weak point and we need someone a lot more influential there!

    It was a nice team effort in the second half – we are just very rusty (it doesn’t amount to much)

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Mar 22, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #3

    I think Gouffran should be dropped in place of Jonas. Since he’s been back he has looked twice the player he was when he left. I was really impressed with him wherever he was playing on the pitch. He seems quicker, he is very composed, picking out key passes instead of rushing and holding it up. He did more than gouffran and Anita put together.

    It’s funny how a team that presses high with real commitment end up dominating a team. We actually got players into the box and higher up the pitch which is the way we can score goals. I hope Carver realises this and from now on sets us upto attack teams and press high.

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  • SA Toon

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4

    I agree with IrishGeordie9. Gouffran is often inaccurate and indecisive and puts the team under pressure. Jonas not only gives 110%, but also seems to be far more of a threat going forward. It may be a case of fresh legs and all that, but the midfield definitely looks more threatening with him on the field. I’m not an Anita fan, but I thought he didn’t play too badly yesterday and had some good touches. Williamson is still a disaster for me. He doesn’t seem to have any positive attributes (other than he seems to be a fairly nice guy). He is far too slow and, although he is a big lad, he seems to get pushed off the ball and can’t get any height in the air! Just watch Giroud’s second goal for an example of that. In my view, we need 2 new CBs for next season. Whether Lascelles will be part of the answer remains to be seen. Hopefully we can carry through our second half form into the derby next week. Losing 2 – 1 to Arsenal is one thing, losing to Sunderland (again!) is not an option!!

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Mar 22, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Quite simply none of the First team squad are Safe from being Sold with Ashley as the owner ?

    Any player, playing well and getting attention in the Media and from other clubs is at risk of being sold to the highest bidder!

    This will continue to be the case with an owner at the helm who is more interested in Profit than he is with the level of Football at the club !

    As far the Head Coach goes, well JC is going to have to move mountains until i will accept him as the man in charge as Head Trainer / Coach with us?

    If you compare us to the Scum, well they sack one Trainer and appoint Dickie Advocaat as his replacement in the space of 24 hours. If any of you think they have a good trainer in place of Poyet then think again . Advocaat is just not rated as a good trainer here in Holland, but i can bet you that once again a New Scum trainer will raise their game for the all important Derby against us next week? First Di Canio, then Poyet and now Dickie, who will be revered by their supporters if they can kick the three points out of us again this time around? Basiscally it was the fact that they played so good but that we played tactically wrong in all the Derbies in the last couple of years ?

    I am still clinging to the hope that someone else than Carver will be appointed Head Coach in the Summer but then i have been sorely disappointed with our once great club in the last few years.

    Nothing surprises me any more!

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Mar 22, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #6

    Read : Basically it was not the fact that they played so good !

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  • ZIPPIE57

    Mar 22, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #7

    Janmaat for me for skipper , class act already wears the shirt with pride !!!

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