Newcastle Cannot Let This Player Leave This Summer

The latest news today coming out of French Daily L’Equipe today is that Liverpool are moving in for Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

They are supposed to have overtaken Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea – but give me a break – those last three clubs are not even after Moussa and if he went to one of those clubs – he wouldn’t get many games at all.

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Moussa Sissoko scores crucial first goal in final game against West Ham

With Newcastle now struggling to attract players to Tyneside against competition from clubs like Swansea, Southampton, West Ham and even Stoke City, we cannot allow our best players to leave this summer.

That’s unless we have a ready-made replacement brought in this summer, and since its looking very difficult to get any of out top targets to the club – that will be difficult.

And even then we should really be trying to keep Moussa in the squad, so we can have a lot more competition for places – which is what happens at the big clubs.

But Moussa’s head seems to be turned by these reports – usually coming out of France, that some big clubs are interested in him.

But maybe he should look at what happened to Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy when they left Newcastle for bigger clubs, but couldn’t get many games at PSG and Chelsea respectively, and both are looking to join new clubs this summer so they can play regularly again.

Moussa is also not yet at the top level and he can still improve at Newcastle.

We assume that Mike Ashley will put a high (make that ridiculous) price on Moussa’s head in order to keep him at the club, and only if we get an Any Carroll type bid should we sell him this summer.

Hopefully Steve McClaren has good persuasive powers and can tell Moussa he can still improve at Newcastle for the next year or two.

But Moussa should also should cut out the nonsense about the fact he loves it at Newcastle, but if a bigger club came in for him he would have to consider it.

That’s code for please come and get me, and it does get a bit tiresome when he does that too many times in the French press.

Moussa also needs to be playing regularly next season, if he is to make the French squad for the Euro 2016 hosted in France next summer, and he can do that at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #1

    He is constantly touting himself about other clubs.
    Obviously wants to be away, which is a shame. Really rated this bloke when we signed him

  • Partizan

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #2

    In that case we need to clear the central midfielders such as Tiote,Anita otherwise you cant fit them all…lets presume we play 4-4-2 under McClaren with 2 CM only..who would you bench,Colback?,De Jong?

  • colwell

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #3


    In number yes we do have a big squad but like you said most aren’t anywhere near Prem standard. So when a player does get injured we have a poor replacement thats what I meant by a small squad.

    Sissoko is one of our best players we all know how us selling a player works we replace one for one or not at all so why do people not care if he goes?

  • NOVA2967

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #4

    That would make sense as we are linked to Wijandum and he seems a ready replacement. I don’t see how they both fit in the team.

    Plus Sissoko doesn’t want to stay at NUFC long term so I would be fine with it. He states he wants to stay. Then the next days he states the FFF boss telling him to stay for the season. haha

    That said I don think Liverpool need him if Milner is guaranteed a starting place. So it sounds like basic gossip

  • nearly

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #5

    sell him sooner the better ,he is so overrated,his attitude is stinking,big time charlie so easily replacd

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Sissoko will need to arrive in Newcastle before we can let him go!

    I don’t know if I posted this yesterday, but it is nice to see these pictures of the squad training (apart from some). I am probably delusional but I can not remember seeing pictures with some many practice balls knocking around.

  • Slank

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #7

    If Sissoko wants away and if someone wants him and is prepared to pay the (high) price we should let him go.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Who would you rather sell Sissoko for £10M plus, or Abeid for considerably less than £10M?

  • expatmag

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #9

    So Liverpool want to sign Sissoko

    Well, having the likes of Sturridge Ings Balotelli Lambert Borini Firminio and the soon to be departed Sterling up front as well as Coutinho and Milner as attacking midfielders.

    They have Henderson Leiva and allen as defensive midfielders, I fail to see where he would fit in.

    Liverpool would have to gave one hell of a firesale and I dont see many chasing Balotelli Borini or Lambert, not at the prices they want.

  • SuperShearer

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #10

    When most teams know they’re going to sell a player they don’t allow the sale to go through until they’ve done the deal to bring in the new player. Case in point: Liverpool will sell Sterling this summer and before doing so are bringing in players.

    We do the opposite; sell the player so other clubs know we’re cash rich, up their price and our owner refuses to pay. For a businessman he doesn’t have the best business acumen.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Is £15M the new £10M bid?!

  • geordie157

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #12

    Don’t want sissoko to leave but if he does then he must be replaced.
    Hoping wijnaldum signs, he’d be a great signing!

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #13

    Any idea what we wud get for him?we paid very little and that is factored in i believe. Hugely overrated player like tiote was, by clueless nufc fans. If we got 12 mill i wud take it assuming we use it to buy others. He cant tackle at all. And crap passer too

  • Belfast

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #14

    He probably wrote the piece in Lequipe himself. None of these clubs want him.

    Mourinho was watching him a few weeks back too. Load of bollox.

  • expatmag

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Between 15 and 20 million is my guess depending on how desperate the buying club want him.

  • nearly

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #16

    think wijnaldum deal will be done soon, he has some very close friends at the club, just hope they dont spoil it by offering poor wages

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #17


    I’ve stated several reasons why I don’t rate either Colback or Sissoko yet you come out with “I rate them”.

    Hardly a debate or argument.

  • switch365

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Sissoko left around the same time as Debuchy, his clone is a far inferior version and has very little heart, he went from being a lion to a gazelle when we needed him at his best.
    I’d take Wijnaldum over Sissoko all day long, he’s Sissoko and Cabaye rolled into 1 and will improve us immensely.

    Tbh If we signed Wijnaldum, Austin and 2 x above average centre backs I’d be delighted.
    Alderweireld would have been a massive boost, sadly we are a club who haven’t a clue what real defenders look like.

  • Slank

    Jul 5, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #19

    If its true that we are in for Georginio Wijnaldum then Sissoko may be surplus to requirements.

    In midfield I can see Colback, Wijnaldum, De Jong and Anita (or Tiote if not sold).

    On the wings I can see Aarons, Perez, Cabella and Florian Thauvin.

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 5, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #20

    I’d swap Sissoko for Balotelli, fair swap.

    Baloteli is proven class, Sissoko is still potentially a good player.

    Is there much difference in attitudes?

    Mario would love it here, and be loved.

    Take Windi, do a swap for Baloteli and pay for two decent Cb’s and I’d be reasonably happy.

  • banjax

    Jul 5, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Let’s not forget that Sissoko was part of a very poor performing Newcastle Squad in which played his part of playing inconsistently. There is no denying he is one of our better players but he is unlikely to be 1st choice pick to play in the top four teams of the Premiership. That said I would’nt want him to leave. But if a daft offer say £20m came in, then we should sell him because with that kind of money we could replace him with better.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 5, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Liverpool and ” soon to be replaced” Rodgers are just a pain in the backside.
    They are just trying to buy back success at any price and keep their fickle fans happy following Suarez and Gerrard’s departures and with ” can’t wait to join City” Sterling leaving as well they are now getting left behind as a top European club. Maybe when Anfield is rebuilt in three years time they might get a team to suit the new stadium.
    If they keep sniffing the Laughing Gas they might not realise that we took £20m off them for Sissoko – only seems fair really .

    There are only 2 x big time clubs now , City, and Chelsea both because of their owners splashing obscene amounts of cash . Manure and Arsenal are the next two on the list – but both are vunerable to inconsistency and lacking direction. After that Liverpool and Spurs think they are big time charlies but a few wrong signings and a few bad games and they are reduced to ordinary . No reason to think that if we kept Sissoko and added the calibre of players that have been mentioned that we couldn’t give Spurs and the Scousers something to think about.

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 5, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #23

    I said last night, Windi is the player Sissoko thinks he is.

    If Windi came people would sharp see how poor Sissoko really has been.

    The only place Sissoko would be, is on the bench if we signed Windi.

    Windi scores, makes goals and actually tackles, things Sissoko talks a good game about.

  • nearly

    Jul 5, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #24


    spot on


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