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It Would Be A Mistake To Sell This Top Player In January

2:50 pm, Thursday, October 8th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

There are various reports out today that AC Milan are in the race to sign Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko, and they originate from a report in the Italian media in Calciomercato.

Moussa is the one who keeps saying that he wants to play for a Champions League side and with Inter-Milan currently second top of the Italian League under new manager Roberto Mancini they will have a decent chance of qualifying for that competition this season.

moussa sissoko in training

Moussa Sissoko – in training

That’s  after Mancini has built up his squad in Milan since he rejoined the club last November.

Roberto first managed at Inter from 2004-2008 until he was sacked in May of 2008 and replaced by Jose Mourinho.

We had reported that if Moussa keeps going on about wanting away from Newcastle; we should let him go – if we can get a decent price for him, but January is not the time to do that.

Newcastle will be trying to get new players into the club in January and it’s not the time to let Moussa go.

While he has not played well for us so far this season we are hoping that will change soon and in any case for his own good that would not be a good time to leave with the Euro 2016 Championships coming up next summer.

He must be playing week in and week out to get in the French squad for the tournament and manager Didier Deschamps has already dropped Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy from the French squad because of lack of playing time.

The figure being mentioned is €18M (£13.2M) – but Newcastle should not make the mistake we made last January.

At that time we didn’t strengthen the squad but let Davide Santon leave to rejoin Inter and even allowed Alan Pardew to leave for £4M, when we had nobody experienced to replace him.

We simply took the money and brought no new players in and were almost relegated – and it was simply incompetent running of the club by Newcastle and Lee Charnley in particular.

It’s not good that Newcastle have made their worst ever start in the Premier League ever – and we are rock bottom of the league.

Newcastle will probably be willing to allow fringe players to leave in January but not Moussa Sissoko.

The Frenchman could be sold next summer when new players will be coming in – and hopefully we will still be a Premier League club by then.

Comments welcome.

Note: Hi, my name is Ben Rushton, I am 6 years old and want to raise money for the McMillan Cancer Support.

I am going to climb Mount Snowdon with my Mum, Dad and Auntie Nic and I will do my very best to get to the top while keeping everyone updated on my way up. I will be doing this on 18th October 2015 in 2 weeks time.

Please see if you can donate here to help me help other people – thanks.

Tags: Contracts · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Average_Contents // Oct 8, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Hey lads n lasses

    Don’t know if anyone’s noticed but at the bottom of ed’s article there’s a piece about my little lad who’s climbing Snowdon for macmillan and it’d be great if anyone could spare some cash and make a donation for a worthwhile cause. No amount is too small.

    He decided to do it, off his own back because his school friends nan has just been diagnosed with cancer.

    Not sure if anyone will remember but I did mention on here he wasn’t very well not so long ago (fluid on his hip and had to have an operation) so it’s going to be a struggle for him plus he’s only 6 so any extra motivation would be great 

    Thanks guys,


  • 2 Average_Contents // Oct 8, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    There’s a link to the go fund me page there too. We tried to set up a just giving one straight to macmillan but couldn’t do it so what we’re going to do is withdraw all the donations out of his auntie’s bank and any cash donations he’s got and go to the bank to deposit it and get one of those silly cheques and get his picture taken with it.

    And yes, you all know my name

    Again, any help no matter how small will go a big way in helping him achieve the enormous task he’s set himself

  • 3 Average_Contents // Oct 8, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Think ed’s missed it off 🙁

  • 4 nut meg // Oct 8, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    the pitch

  • 5 Graeme // Oct 8, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    He’s a load of crap – calls his own team mates “Not as good as they could be”, continually fails to perform, while explaining how he wants to play Champions League.

    Take the money and get rid of him.

  • 6 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 8, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    MISTAKE ED?? this is the best news i heard in a long while!!!

    sisokko may be off to Milan for 13m. i thought we cuold barely get 5m off him. an absolute disgrace to the shirt. i think he’s the poison in the dressing room. good riddance to him. piss poor player.

  • 7 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 8, 2015 at 3:01 PM


    yup. i think sisokok is just a load of shi*. getting rid of him is key to restoring confidence and faith to the squad.

  • 8 cyprus // Oct 8, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    If he’s so crap how come all these fools are after him?

    Wait a minute…

  • 9 cyprus // Oct 8, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Is there an easy way to donate something? A site or something? I want to keep my anonymity here 🙂

  • 10 Our Toon // Oct 8, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Ahh yes he’s crap for us apparently yet that small club AC Milan seem to think otherwise. If you have a culture of not wanting success don’t blame the players for not delivering.

    Let’s get rid of him though, we have a ready made replacement in obertan anyway!!

  • 11 cyprus // Oct 8, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Our toon,

  • 12 Munster Mag // Oct 8, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Nonsense, sell him. Most 10 mill wingers will give us more than him, assuming a winger is available. 3 coaches still cant work out where his best position is – largely because his effort levels are so inconsistent they cant meaure him. Fraud.

  • 13 cyprus // Oct 8, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Disagree mate. We got us a 13 mil one, seems not too amazing, though this may change.

    You want players to sell? I’ll make you a big list, he ain’t in it.

  • 14 Munster Mag // Oct 8, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    IMO he’s a bad influence and calling out Thauvin was just a shocking thimg to do. The guy has been only here a wet week and one of his fellow frenchies slags him off. I called out Sissocko as a fraud over 2 yrs ago and i stand by it. He The champs league in only a smokescreen – he wants cachet. Playing in Milan or Rome will give him that, even if his club doesnt play in the CL all the time, or at all. All the managers are overawed by his physigue ffs but he barely tackles. No thanks, provided we have a replacement.

  • 15 nufc 11 // Oct 8, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Sell him and buy who? We need to buy from within england what ever happened to Mo Diame? Matt Philips? We need fighters why oh why didnt we go back for cabaye. Unless a players is an unkowen on these shores we normally not interested they lies the problem for me a team of untryed players in this divison pride passion? roll over and die more like it .

  • 16 blacksmith // Oct 8, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Sissoko is a frustrating player.

    He is one of the most athletically gifted players in the league, possessing great power and speed, as well as a good engine. However, technically and perhaps mentally he’s been average.

    He lacks the passing range and vision to excel as a creative midfield and lacks the positional discipline and fearless tackling to excel as a defensive midfielder.

    When he came he had the potential to develop in either direction but it seems he hasn’t developed in either.

    The blame for that is down to coaching and management. Most managers resort to sticking him out wide and having him use his speed and power to bulldoze fullbacks to varying degrees of success. Ultimately he lacks the consistency in dribbling and crossing to truly excel out wide.

    The sad reality is, Sissoko – while a good player – will likely never realize his full potential and has been stunted by chronic indecision over his natural position.

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