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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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.