L’Equipe Get It Completely Wrong On Sissoko

French newspaper L’Equipe have an article out today on Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko on the day that France will play England tonight at Wembley following the terrible terror attacks in Paris on Friday night that killed 129 people.

The article seems a bit off track because one thing they say is his manager at Newcastle is Alex McLeish the former Rangers, Birmingham and Aston Villa manager who left Genk in the summer after one year in charge.

moussa sissoko in france colors

Moussa Sissoko in French colors

They also make the statement that Moussa refuses to talk about a possible transfer from Newcastle United.

This is the sentence translated from the French that has two errors in it:

Although the midfielder has always refused to speak about a possible transfer, it did not prevent his coach Alex McLeish from criticising him publicly.

It may be true that Moussa refrains from talking about a possible transfer but whenever he’s away on International duty he’s always asked by the French press about joining a bigger club than Newcastle.

And the 26 year-old  always makes the same statement that he wants to play for a Champions League club.

It’s not often a paper as prestigious as L’Equipe gets two mistakes like that in one sentence.

But there again – we all have our off days.

Moussa could well be in the starting line-up at Wembley tonight in a game that will show just how much England and the rest of the world are behind the French after the ISIS led terrorist attacks in Paris.

Sissoko has appeared 111 times for Newcastle with 11 goals since we signed him from Toulouse almost three years ago and Newcastle are currently said to be in negotiations on a new contract with the 33 times capped French International.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 17, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1


    Good job you never get anything wrong

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Not sure McClaren’s statement on Aarons is that surprising. I said at the start of the season if he wasn’t playing he should be on loan. That is how he will develop. Not by sitting on the bench. Yes, it leaves the squad looking thin, but that is a problem that should have been dealt with in the summer. I’d prefer they went and developed rather than sat and stagnated at the club.

  • BandB

    Nov 17, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    I think Aarons is a bit of a red herring in all this.
    If he were fit, he may have been at least pushing for a place in the team. But he admits himself he has gamey legs.
    MCClaren has, however linked his name to the general policy of getting everyone who isn’t making the match day squad out on loan, and I have no doubt that any reasonable offers for them would be listened to.
    I have been saying for a long time that the purples policy is very real, and has been quietly got on with at increasing pace. It will reach something like its climax at that magical date of summer 2016.
    I believe Ashley envisages a situation where everyone on a professional contract should be regarded as a match day squad member, and those who aren’t can go.

  • Jib

    Nov 17, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Rotonda heights // Nov 17, 2015 at 9:52 AM
    Good job you never get anything wrong

    Oh the irony 🙂

    Ha ha ha ho ho ho he he he

  • will die for the toon army

    Nov 17, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5


    Mcca for gamechangers. He has to pull together with his coaching staff to see what they can get from Obertan, De Jong, Cisse and Thauvin.

    Coz i believe the other backups can come in and do the job.

  • Jib

    Nov 17, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Tonight’s starters for La Belle France

    Lloris –

    Sagna, Varane, Koscielny, Digne –

    Schneiderlin, Cabaye, Matuidi –

    Ben Arfa, Gignac, Martial.

  • Jib

    Nov 17, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Good for Gignac
    30 next month and setting the Mexican League on fire – 10 goals in 15 games

  • martoon

    Nov 17, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Jib – is that your line-up or is it official?

  • Jib

    Nov 17, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Educated guess from French papers (I wouldn’t have a clue)

  • JDdubai

    Nov 17, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Or does Sissoko’s agent quietly request that the press ask him about this everytime???

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 17, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Lilongwe…no worries, Aarons is not sitting on the bench…well if there’s a season long bench in the treatment room then you’re probably right 😉

  • Tsunki

    Nov 17, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Ray @4 – you definitely have a short term memory problem. You couldn’t possibly be calling out another poster for making mistakes if you remembered even one of your recent howlers. Now, correct me if I am mistaken, but I got the impression you spent some time in Spain, is that correct? So can you explain why you don’ t know the difference between ‘Rayo’ and ‘Real’? Or that Vallecano has only two L’s? Oh and just aside from that, how is Wanyama getting on a Bournemouth? Has he been taking a trip along the non-river Solent?

  • martoon

    Nov 17, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Jib @9 – Ah I see – mind you if HBA does start and has a cracking game then this blog will go into meltdown 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Nov 17, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #14

    7Bobbybee // Nov 17, 2015 at 1:11 AM

    Everyone else has their twopenneth so I’ll have mine. 21st century and people still fighting over their imaginary friend in the sky. If people must talk to their imaginary friends, why do they need to have organised religion? Doesn’t he listen unless your in church, or a mosque? All religion – every one – has its own hierarchy. Why? Power trips. Time the human race grew up and banned it from schools everywhere. You indoctrinate any child and you’ve likely got him for life. Don’t see many leaders strapping bombs to themselves do you? Be they christian or muslim fundamentalist. The clue’s in the name – mental. Continually teaching it only carries it to the next generation. You’re born, you live, you die. End of. And before any bull about it, WE, the average joe, get caught up in the middle of it and we’re sick of it. Grow up. Face reality. Leave us out of it. Both sides. To make it worse, they’re fighting about the same imaginary friend in the sky ffs! Ban it. All of it. Rant over.

    Yes, a rant indeed, bobbybee. A shame that it exposes the flawed thinking that only exacerbates the problems you speak of. Religion is fine, for the most they all espouse higher morality and mercy. It’s what selfish people do with it that’s the problem. And by speaking of opposing religion, you propose war, another great playground of evil. And world leaders don’t strap bombs to themselves, they post them to faraway lands. It’s intolerance, misunderstanding and lack of respect for belief that’s the problem. That’s my say.

  • BandB

    Nov 17, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #15

    And indeed if he doesn’t Martoon…..

  • Jib

    Nov 17, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Chun ki
    You’re a bit of a sanctimonious , pompous git aren’t you ?
    Explains a lot
    It’s only the clueless few (and BandB) I have a pop at btw.
    The majority on here I have never crossed swords with.

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 17, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Prretty poor return of goals for Sissoko really. 1 in 10. I’d be interested to know what his assist stats are like.

    Still, with what we have available to us, Sissoko is nowhere near the top of my ‘needs replacing’ list.

  • AncientC

    Nov 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #18

    McClaren “We always said he’d have three months training with us and then out on loan.” “That was the plan. Same with Rolando”

    Assuming that plan is still in place, I really do not rate Aarons’ chances of staying fit for 3 months AND then staying fit over a loan period – not within the time frame of that which is left on his contract.

    It Aaron’s is going out on loan, get him out the door sharpish – there is little point in giving an injury prone player 3 months training with the most injury prone club in the division.

  • robertsleftfoot

    Nov 17, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Absolute knocking bet HBA has a stormer, knowing our luck he will probably graft his heart out and track back too


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