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This Player Should Shape Up Or Be Shipped Out

10:42 pm, Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 56 Comments

Another International break, another interview and Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko has said again that he wants to play for a Champions League club, and when asked if he could leave Newcastle in the January transfer window – he didn’t rule that out.

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Moussa Sissoko – needs to produce best form for Newcastle

Ever since Moussa joined Newcastle in January 2013 he has been part of the French National squad but like other French players before him he seems itching to move to a bigger club – one that plays Champions League football.

But Moussa hasn’t exactly been in his best form for Newcastle so far this season.

It’s time that players who play for Newcastle show their allegiance and in the eleven league games we have left until the end of the year – which are critical – we need to see every player wear the Newcastle shirt with pride and give 100% and be strong under adverse conditions.

That includes Moussa and he should be told by head coach Steve McClaren in no uncertain terms that he should be more loyal to Newcastle.

There are three other French internationals who have left Newcastle for bigger clubs – Mathieu Debuchy, Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy who had a season on loan but wouldn’t make the deal permanent in the summer of last year.

All three ended up on the bench at their new clubs and the only one still in the French squad is Yohan Cabaye.

Yohan made the jump back to England in the summer to play for Crystal Palace and his former boss Alan Pardew and he seems back to his best form after having a terrible eighteen months at PSG.

The grass is not always greener on the other side  – and if Moussa did play for a Champions League club he could have a hard time getting a first team place and could lose his French squad place.

Moussa should be trying to produce his very best form for Newcastle in the club’s time of need and thinking about nothing else.

If he still goes on in his interviews about playing elsewhere he should be shipped out next summer and a replacement brought in.

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56 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Him and Obretortun are my least favourite Toon players ever !

  • 2 JackButler // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    You’ve gotta laugh at Sissoko, if he was half the player he believes he is perhaps he’d be doing a damn better job for us. If he wants to play in the champions league then maybe he should start playing like a top four player (as we all know Ashkey is more than willing to sell) instead of a championship player as right now no top four club would touch him

  • 3 angelswithdirtyfaces // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Maybe Clippity is an admirer, and he’ll get his move to the Bindippers

  • 4 Tsunki // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Not sure about sissoko. No idea why he never tackles anyone. Or what sort of team he fits into. Not ours I think.

  • 5 jimmysmith // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    He probably thinks that Newcastle haven’t provided a competitive squad for him to be a part of. Not as advertised on the tin, so to speak. If Newcastle turn this around, it’ll take 3 years, and that’s a big if. It’s hardly a surprise one or two aren’t entirely all hands to the pump. Sadly, he IS a good player, and would thrive in a better side, the side and club, he was doubtless sold him when he signed. Black and McC need to get his and Tiote’s heads back on board somehow.

  • 6 Tsunki // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Ed forgot to mention that when Cabaye went back to work with Pardew it was not long after Alan had been driven away from his glory -soaked reign of dignity at Newcastle by the Sack Pardew Crew / Crowd / Mob / Assembly / Rabble / Lot / Shower / Bunch / Reprobates / Shambles / Peasants / Plebians / Churls / Squad…..

  • 7 JackButler // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:09 PM


    Cabaye and Debuchy both thought they were hot s&@t until they realised they we nothing better than highly paid bench warmers.

    But Sissoko’s comments tell you a lot about his mentality as he thinks he’s too good for us when his performances say he lucky to get in the side, personally I’d ship him out in a heartbeat, him and quite a few others

  • 8 Our Toon // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    I said this the other day but these players come into our team and start well, the problem isn’t with these lads it’s with the lack of ambition from the top. Why should any player bust a gut for a club like ours who’s sole intention is to keep its head above water?

    Time after time we listen to players talk about the project at Newcastle but then they realise they’ve been sold a lie after 4 / 8 months. Performances tail off and they want out. Good on sissoko and any other player who doesn’t want to play under Ashley regime, if I had no affiliation to this club and played for it the first thing I’d look at is moving!!

  • 9 Tsunki // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Whoevers been working on sissoko’s confidence building has overdone it because he now thinks he’s CL grade. Ha. Ha.

  • 10 Our Toon // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:14 PM


    Cabaye and debuchy may not have played much but they won medals, meanwhile we were battling relegation. Cabaye wasn’t good enough for PSG, debuchy was unlucky to get injured and a young former Barcelona youth player took a proven premiership players place due to that injury, that lad hasn’t looked back since.

    Demba Ba left us and won a medal as well, I belive same with Enrique, same with Remy!! Do you think when they retire they’ll give a toss that they didn’t play every game for them medals?

  • 11 jimmysmith // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    i’d prefer it if we kept him and bought another three of the calibre of Widj, Mitro and Mbemba in January, to play CB, CM, and CF, for a start.

  • 12 Our Toon // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    I’m off to bed now catch up tomorrow but excellent idea on shipping out sissoko though, in a team that already lacks any pace let’s get rid of the only starter who does have it though!!

  • 13 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    I see Charnley, having bolted any old horse to the cart, has ordered old man Carr to add some fireworks. Taking him literally, Carr has been experimentimg with extra magnesium, working on the basis that desperate times call for desperate measures.

  • 14 JackButler // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Our toon

    Their team mates won those medals for them while they sat on the bench and watched, so not the same thing really, though in the mind of a modern day footballer they probably shine them every day.

    Cabaye and Debuchy got they’re move after player very well for us so best of luck to them, but Sissoko is coasting through his time here while claiming to want a place in a top four side!

    If he wants to go them either put in a transfer request or start performing to a level where a top four club would want to buy him, as we all know Ashkey is more than willing to sell as proven with his two fellow countrymen

  • 15 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Fans moan about the club being a selling club while endlessly urging the club to sell players. If you’re lucky, players have a good run before getting stale. The trick is to move them on shortly after they’ve peaked and while their reputation is in tact. Just as I should’ve sold my Tesco shares a while back. Sissoko is one of our better players, believe it or not. Get him out quick before he follows Tiote whose value has bombed like Volswagen’s. But only when you have a better player lined up to take his place.

  • 16 goommy // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Let him go if he want so we can put real winger to do a job in that position. We have to admit that our first team squad wasn’t good enough. Players that should be our first eleven is just Krul, Mbemba, Janmatt, Gini, Aaron, Perez, Mitrovic..

  • 17 lesh // Oct 8, 2015 at 12:55 AM

    If he’s keen to move on and seems to be going all out find another club, then he’s potentially a toxic influence in the dressing room.

    McClaren needs to give him a talking to, a game to show he’s got the message and if not, make him train by himself until January, then show him the departure lounge.

  • 18 Toon-Prodigy // Oct 8, 2015 at 1:25 AM

    I don’t think it’s about Champions League or dreams or trophies with sissoko or any of them for that matter.

    I think it’s about money plain and simple, they don’t mind sitting on a bench if it doubles their poor wages at NUFC (In Premier League terms). They don’t mind sitting in the shop window here for a year or two because we have already doubled their wages what they were on, but sooner or later they want to leave if they are performing or not. They want more wages, wages NUFC will just not pay.

    If we showed some ambition as a club and really wanted to try and win something and paid the wages for say Remy and the likes of Cabaye or Ba and showed them we really wanted to keep them and sell them a proper vision we would have a great team by now. It’s just a vicious cycle of players being sold or being unhappy and moving on for better wages.

    The poor transfer policies, age and wage structure is what is seeing us fail time and time again and almost relegated every season. It’s just no good, but until it changes, it dosn’t matter who is in charge of what Ashley has created with this transfer blueprint. He is obsessed with future income in sales from potentially young future stars and keeping a nice group of players here on 40-50k a week instead of buying the finished product who can hit the ground running on 80-100k a week. Experienced Pro’s or top caliber foreign stars.

    Nice incoming numbers when it works but not a cat in hell’s chance of succeeding or winning anything. Would hate to see us relegated but Ashley has gambled for so long now his luck could run out this season.

    Plenty of footballing people are warning about it.

    Im glad he has spent money, but I think his policies make it very difficult for anyone tied to the club to succeed.

  • 19 toon kk // Oct 8, 2015 at 1:59 AM

    Toon p
    Good post, I couldn’t agree more. MA business plan is flawed and will take us down.

  • 20 Mag52 // Oct 8, 2015 at 2:14 AM

    Toon -P

    I have never heard of this going on, perhaps it might all the time, but shouldn’t the manager/coach have a pretty severe word with the agent of any player who is consistently under performing ?
    The agents have more than enough to say when they shout the odds about their player wanting to move on to another club/ not happy playing on the wing/ not getting enough games in the first team, but we never hear of them getting a rollicking when their guy is simply not putting in 90 minutes decent effort.
    For me, agents are ruining the beautiful game, but here they could at least do something positive and constructive.

  • 21 jimmysmith // Oct 8, 2015 at 2:20 AM

    I agree with Sav’s post on an earlier thread. So long as the club is prepared to pay more for a better calibre of young player, like Mitro, Widjnaldum, and Mbemba, it can pay rich dividends for the side and the club. But not having done that over the past five years, and in particular not providing the squad with enough quality in depth, might well ironically be the cause of our demise just as we attempt to address it.

  • 22 jimmysmith // Oct 8, 2015 at 3:11 AM

    I also think it’s most likely McClaren will be sacked or will walk if he doesn’t get the side winning in the next five league games, at least I hope so. Rodgers and Cathro, would be a terrific alternative, if McC can’t turn it round.

  • 23 davis_toons // Oct 8, 2015 at 4:50 AM

    Just Like Cesc Fabregas warming bench for former Baca…its all the same.

    ..but they are paid better on the bench and after a year or two of resting and getting high wages they are itching to play again and they know they need to move on or move a gear down on wages and all…

    These players will surly find a club.

  • 24 chicousa // Oct 8, 2015 at 5:00 AM

    Sissoko a season or two ago used to work his butt off….but unfortunately he looks like he has now lost all hope and belief that the team will move significantly up the table any time soon. It is a shame because when his heart is in it he is a good player. Steve Black needs to get to work and get Moussa motivated again. If the team starts to win a few games, and starts to believe then who knows but in a couple years he could play on a Champions league team for NUFC! ….oh sorry, forgot myself there for a minute! Had a momentary glimmer of hope… 😉

  • 25 The overrated Frenchman // Oct 8, 2015 at 5:35 AM

    I guess an agent could say with some justification that ultimately it’s the club’s decision if they stump up the transfer fee for a player. And then it’s up to them to get value for it. They just spruik their wares so to speak. To my way of thinking, it should be (in our case) Graham Carr who has the blowtorch on him for signings which are clearly I’ll-considered and the players patently inadequate in ability and/or attitude for the PL. Agents do what agents do, and properly run clubs seem to be able to work with that.

  • 26 Reyantoon // Oct 8, 2015 at 6:02 AM

    Don’t think Sissoko deserve too much criticism.
    He is not at his best atm but still his presence on the pitch,together with his speed & big strong physicality is a threat to opponent teams.Like i said,the entire squad is in low confidence and self belief.Until we start winning some matches,
    some players may not return to their best.Even Steve Black can’t help.It’s dependent on Steve McLaren and the winning run!!
    Steve Black out!!

  • 27 cyprus // Oct 8, 2015 at 6:12 AM

    I’m going to go against the wave here. We’re all (including Steve) trying to figure out where to place the blame. It ain’t thig guy. Infact, he’s one of our best players. We have come to expect a lot from him, maybe that’s it.

    Which player has NOT been singled out for criticism? , None, except Perez. So, either they’re all guilty (they could be, don’t get me wrong) or the coaches aren’t using them properly (or both!)

    If they can play halves like City, Soton, Chelsea, it may be that they are good players: toe to toe with the very best…

    So what’s the deal? Erm, no one knows?!

  • 28 nut meg // Oct 8, 2015 at 6:13 AM

    Why are you blaming Black and defending Sissoko…please explain?

  • 29 chicousa // Oct 8, 2015 at 6:18 AM

    Steve Black, out!!! Ha ha, funny! But when everyone is pointing at problems with motivation, confidence, spirit, and so on, and there is a person in charge of the teams psyche….well that person at least needs to be questioned a bit. We also have a new fitness coach, Schoenmaker, yet have a dozen or more players out hurt and a troubling tendency to tire late in matches….maybe it should be “Schoenmaker Out!” as well. Everyone has got to answer and step up now!

  • 30 cyprus // Oct 8, 2015 at 6:26 AM

    A glowing report on Black a couple days ago may inadvertedly illustrate what may be wrong with this guy and his post. It honestly felt wrong when he walked on the pitch, like a parent talking to his toddler after a school game….

    I once had a job like this, jack of all trades master of none… Read carefully:

    “So is Black a ‘coach’? Is he a ‘fitness guru’? Is he a ‘motivator’? He is all of those thing sand he is also none of those things.

    You see, the thing about Steve Black is nobody can pinpoint exactly what his role is.”

  • 31 Lilongwe Geordie // Oct 8, 2015 at 6:29 AM

    I think my feelings on Sissoko are fairly well known, no need to go back into it.

    I do think it is unfair pinning the blame for our malaise on just a few people though, most of the players deserve criticism, most of the coaching staff do, most of the board do, and without question the owner does – everything leads back to him.

  • 32 SUTTY1978 // Oct 8, 2015 at 6:30 AM

    His comments are only the same as those made by players that we buy prior to purchase. How many of the signings we made have said “I want to play in the Premier League”. When Wijnaldum said that on many occasions do you think the PSV fans called for him to be immediately shipped out?

  • 33 Reyantoon // Oct 8, 2015 at 6:31 AM

    And the person that needs to be questioned is..?

  • 34 Lilongwe Geordie // Oct 8, 2015 at 6:33 AM

    It would be different if, as Gini was, Sissoko was playing well and demonstrating an ability to move to a higher level. He isn’t. Cabaye and Debuchy were two of our best players before moving on, and doing well on the pitch. Thye earned a bigger move, just as Gini did. Sissoko has to realise his performances will earn him nothing but a spot on the Newcastle bench if he doesn’t buck up his ideas.

  • 35 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 8, 2015 at 6:45 AM

    Lilongwe…I think it’s clear to most people that Ashley should never own a football club!

    The fact that he knows nothing about football and that he keeps on hiring people who are under qualified to give him the expertise he needs will always baffle me…

    To quote a great movie “stupid is what stupid does”!

    That said, it does take away the responsibility of the board or the coaches. Far from. They are as bad at their job as it gets and should be ashamed of themselves.

    But opportunists don’t see it that way…all they see is an opportunity (whether it’s a coach, board member or a player).

    These for me are the bigger problem right now….because it could basically be the same with a new owner.

  • 36 Thump // Oct 8, 2015 at 6:45 AM

    It always makes me laugh when players sound off about champions league football and all that, then immediately drop form – that isn’t how you secure a move to a top 4 club.

  • 37 Lilongwe Geordie // Oct 8, 2015 at 6:52 AM

    I agree they should all take the blame for our performances so far. But for your last line, they could all basically be the same if they were replaced by the same owner.

    No evidence suggests that getting rid of any of them will see Ashley recruit a well qualified and suitable candidate. There is more evidence of new owners arriving at clubs and changing staff substantially though.

  • 38 Jail for Ashley // Oct 8, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    The board is a shambles, do you honestly think that anyone with a footballing brain would keep buying unproven young players with sell on value when we’re crying out for older heads with plenty of PL experience behind them, whether people choose to believe it or not, Mike Ashley is pulling the strings while being more than happy to see people pointing the finger at everyone down to the tea lady.

  • 39 chicousa // Oct 8, 2015 at 7:03 AM

    Seriously I think everyone needs to be questioned and challenged. There is no savior out there, so the people in place have to step up and if they don’t then they should be sold. If Sissoko is disinterested then he should be sold (while he still has teams willing to pay for him). I would rather he snap out of his funk and get back to the force he was a year or two ago! But if not then get what we can for him in January!

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Oct 8, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    We needed a manager who wasn’t prepared to work under this ridiculous policy not a nodding dog desperate for a job. We have members of the “old” board now sitting on the “new” board who used to argue with each other about winning a cup,
    we’ve known for about three years now that it was obvious they did not want a trip to Wembley, the players must have known and are just happy with the extortionate wages they get, this has bred a losing mentality so deeply ingrained I can’t see it being removed by a sacked Championship manager and a board full of nodding dogs.

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // Oct 8, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    Snap out of his funk ?

  • 42 Ron Knee // Oct 8, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    The problem is that with the current regime in place no manager worth his salt would want to come here.

  • 43 chicousa // Oct 8, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Snap out of his funk => start working his ass off and putting the kind of shift that he has in the past. If not then out!

  • 44 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 8, 2015 at 7:19 AM


  • 45 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 8, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    Lilongwe…my last paragraph said that we could basically find ourselves in the same situation with a new owner!

    …not with new better coaches under current owner.

  • 46 firebug666 // Oct 8, 2015 at 7:33 AM

    I think players like Sissoko play better when they have better players around them, they have a little more freedom and are willing to take risks.

    Our squad was low on confidence to begin with, we have zero leaders in the team, and half of them have been told they are not good enough.

    Those promised changes are going to take a hell of a lot of time to come to fruition, but that may now be too little too late as the current squad only ever look like being relegated.

    The players heads have been down for the past couple of years, and gradually we have succumbed to a losing mentality that will be difficult to break.

    Personally I think we will survive relegation (just) but while the existing board is in place using the existing transfer structure those changes will take a lot longer than many think.

    This club is still pi$$ing against the wind.

  • 47 Ron Knee // Oct 8, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Why do you think we’ll survive? What do you see changing?

  • 48 Tsunki // Oct 8, 2015 at 7:50 AM

    Weee got the funk
    Gotta get that funk

    There’s definitely something funky going on at nufc. 🙂

  • 49 Tsunki // Oct 8, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    Funkaaayyyy Tsunkaaaayyy ha ha ha

    Probably a bit too early for that 😀

  • 50 firebug666 // Oct 8, 2015 at 7:54 AM


    We have a very poor team, but it is a team that is capable of winning, if the formation and tactics can come together, and a couple of wind could make S Blacks job a bit easier.

    I think the team will “just” pick up enough points to survive mate.

  • 51 firebug666 // Oct 8, 2015 at 7:57 AM


  • 52 chicousa // Oct 8, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    That’s the spirit, Tsunki!!! NUFC’s got a Funky, funky, funk going on! And Sissoko’s in a skunky funk!

    Also…. Ashley Out!!!

  • 53 Tsunki // Oct 8, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Gotta get doowwwnn!!!


  • 54 welshgeordie9 // Oct 8, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Funky my arse.

  • 55 Lynxie // Oct 8, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    Right lads, the sun is shining, and everything will be alright on the night. A little perspective here please.
    Firstly, all this moaning about buying untried and untested players, and that they were brought in without SMC’s knowledge or blessing. SO WHAT? Mbemba looks class, Mitrovic looks like a proper centre forward and he clearly cares a lot, and Gini looks like the box to box player we have been craving for years. Only Thauvin appears to be the only one not singing from the same song sheet. Shit happens, can’t get lucky all the time. May I remind everyone that Thierry Henry took over a YEAR to find his feet at Arsenal, and we all know how that went.
    My gripe is with the dickheads that have been stealing a living at NE1 for too long now. Willo, Sissoko and Colo to name but a few (and don’t get me started on those impostors the Ameobi brothers). They clearly have not realised that a new order is in place, and attitudes, performances, and effort needs to be stepped up accordingly. When Kevin Mbabu came in the other wek, it should have been glaring to the nation that he had a hunger and desire that the aforementioned ‘purple players’ are sadly lacking in. That was the day that Sissoko may well have witnessed someone who eventually WILL play in the Champions League through his efforts, not his stupid gob. I have every faith that results will improve, and all of you doom mongers who are writing us off as relegation certainties will eat your words. Rome wasn’t built in a day. ANYTHING is an improvement on the abysmal shambles of Carvers lunacy.
    Supporters? Don’t make me laugh.

  • 56 AmeobiOBE // Oct 8, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    He has to go! Never have I heard of such a bellend player, constantly trying to angle for a move away. Completely soulless, hardly puts any effort in and has the touch of a convicted paedophile.

    The day he can f off and don’t have to hear him constantly push for a move to a club thats far too good for him… i mean realistically does he actually think he’s good enough for champions league? The guy has been anonymous for months! Lets get someone who actually wants to be here and shows it on a regular basis!!

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