If the Telegraph is to be believed then Moussa Sissoko will push hard for a move out of Newcastle this summer with his aim to play Champions League football, and you cannot blame him for that, and he will not get that at Newcastle United who have been a mid-table club under Ashley at best over the last eight years.
Moussa Sissoko – Newcastle captain on Sunday
If he leaves then Moussa will join the likes of fellow French Internationals Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy, who had ambitions bigger than Newcastle’s, and therefore wanted to leave to get Champions League football – in short they became too good for Newcastle.
But while Coloccini is out suspended, and Cheick Tiote and Siem de Jong are both out injured, Moussa is the captain.
And the French International plays well when he’s the lead man for Newcastle on the field, and we expect Moussa to have a good game at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
This is what he has said about the game:
“Sunderland is a massive game for everybody at Newcastle.” “I came to the club from France two years ago and I’ve never won against them so this game is going to be massive for everybody.”
“When you are captain you have to talk more with the referee and motivate your team-mates.” “For me, captain or not it is the same. I try to do my best and play the same.”
Sissoko has the worst record possible against Sunderland, having played four derby games and lost all four since he arrived in January two years ago from Toulouse, and he will be determined to beat the Black Cats.
That’s just one reason why he is a key player for us on Sunday, and who knows he could even score for us too, and somebody has to if we are to win this game.
And certainly against Arsenal he showed terrific drive and will, especially in that second half.
And this could well be Moussa’s last derby game and he will want to go out on top – well with at least with a draw to break the losing streak.
If Newcastle can string together two halves on Sunday like we played in the second half against Arsenal – we’ll win this game.
But that’s also a big if.
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