Some Dubious Claims By Newcastle Star

Moussa Sissoko has had to put up with some withering criticism form fans this season as his form has been up and down.

In some games he’s looked good and that was the case on Sunday when he brilliantly set up the second goal for Gini Wijnaldum in stoppage time to make the score look a healthy 2-0 against Liverpool.

Moussa Sissoko Jordan ibe 2-0

Moussa Sissoko challenges Jordan Ibe last Sunday

This is what Moussa has said in the Chronicle:

“When we win the fans sing my name. If we lose or play badly, they are disappointed with me.”

“Every game I try to do my very best. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But I give everything I have.”

“I hope this win gives us more confidence for the future.” “We have enjoyed the win over Liverpool this week but we are now preparing for the massive game with Tottenham.”

Moussa is at his best when he’s attacking down that right wing, but last Sunday he tracked back well too and in fact won the ball before the goal in stoppage time.

He’s definitely a good player but certainly he could improve on his defensive play and sometimes he seems not interested – especially when things are not going Newcastle’s way.

Since joining us almost three years ago from Toulouse he’s played 109 games for Newcastle with 11 goals and 16 assists.

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91 comments so far

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Dec 12, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #1

    the line up everyone wants but we will never see. With Thauvin the first to come on




    without a doubt what we will see




  • Thump

    Dec 12, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Does anybody remember when we had wingers?

    Good times.

  • veto

    Dec 12, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #3

    anyone with dummet in their starting line up i cant take seriously…. opposition teams dont go directly for him for the fun of it ,

  • Jib

    Dec 12, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #4

    I cannot see a dead Catalunyan Fauvist painter being much of a striker

    Joan Miró self portrait

  • Jib

    Dec 12, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Everton have done a passable impersonation of NUFC there !!!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 12, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #6

    He (Sissoko) would give us so much more if he could play in a three man midfield. The Anita / Colback partnership in a 4-4-2 just doesn’t work!

  • posada

    Dec 12, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #7

    You can all play fantasy football manager as much as you like and if it entertains you great.
    However, SM must play the same team as last week.
    Winners and doers must be rewarded.
    That includes Dummet.
    Taco-your centre midfield would not work. Because Wini is not good there.

  • AncientC

    Dec 12, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #8

    “When we win the fans sing my name. If we lose or play badly, they are disappointed with me.”

    This isn’t far away from Zlatan speaking about himself in the third person.

  • Thump

    Dec 12, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #9

    @Posada: You’re saying that Gini, the central midfielder, does not play well in central midfield?

    I’ve heard it all now.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 12, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #10

    posada…are we playing Liverpool again this week?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 12, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Gini played most of last season from the central mid at PSV! If anyone wants to know. And he was player of the season…but he’s crap there!

  • Jib

    Dec 12, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #12

    It is peeing down at the Etihad – Joe Hart is sopping – no no no no no no dandruff today 😀

  • posada

    Dec 12, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Neither Sissoko or Gini have the assets you need to be a centre midfield player.
    I don’t care what they have done elsewhere. SM must agree as he generally does not play them there.

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Dec 12, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #14

    “However, SM must play the same team as last week.
    Winners and doers must be rewarded.”

    completely disagree. Dummet has been good for one out of 5 games out of LB. . just because he has one good game, its crazy to think he can duplicate it the next week. We should be sticking with our best players. Same with Cisse. it was great to see him actually trying and not trying to collect offsides penalties, but it would be foolish to think that is the norm for him after seeing his body of work.

    In addition, keep in mind the goals came with out SDJ and with Gouf. surely you cant suggest that we gouf should be playing?

  • Jib

    Dec 12, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #15

    In an interview with Miles Starforth of the shieldsgazette just after the USA tour

    “The 24-year-old – who captained PSV to the Eredivisie title last season – has been played behind a lone striker by McClaren, and he feels the No 10 role is his best position.

    “That’s my natural position,” said Wijnaldum. “In Holland I have had two years as a winger, but that’s not my best position.”
    “If you want to use my qualities the best, then I must play in the midfield in a position where I can make goals because that’s a quality of mine.”

    Whoops Jesper

  • posada

    Dec 12, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #16

    The performance against C.Palace and the two previous games was dreadful. No effort, no commitment.
    Against liverpool for whatever reason we had the effort the running, the tackles. We were for the first time in months competing at the level that at least gives you a chance. We were winning the 50/50s. Normally we don’t.
    You must use that. You draw a line in the sand and you make it clear that is whats required. The people who have done it keep the shirt. The others in the squad must match it if they want to be considered.

  • posada

    Dec 12, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Thanks for that.
    A lot of folks on here think the No 10 role is centre midfield.

  • SUTTY1978

    Dec 12, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #18

    McClaren must have a mighty big sandpit with the amount of lines he’s drawn in it.

  • Krul To Be Kind

    Dec 12, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #19


    He has drawn that many lines he now stands behind them somewhere in Yorkshire

  • Jib

    Dec 12, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #20

    Oh Dear
    The Scum losing at home to Watford.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 12, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Jeff…you are truly the blog maron!

    …go check his 32 appearances last season and the majority was from central mid.

    The stats were there on whoscored when we signed him!

    Whoops Jeff the monkey speaker

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 12, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #22

    …and Jeff you can take that interview of yours and shove it up where the sun don’t shine…

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 12, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #23

    There’s an awful lot of tossers out there accusing you of bei g a dullard without the use of Google , in fact I think you are renowned for it, your blog stamp you could say, that and being a despicable excuse of a man.

  • posada

    Dec 12, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #24

    Calm down, calm down.
    What’s a Maron by the way ?

  • John Tudor

    Dec 12, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #25

    wow another pseudonym

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 12, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #26

    posada…it’s just slang for moron

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 12, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #27

    JamesToon // Dec 12, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Jorge Sampaoli just resigned as Chile manager, Swansea linked with him

    – – – – – –

    Would so love this guy, been on about him for years. Massive coup if Swansea get him.


    As has often been mooted, jeff / Jib appears to lack the people skills to interact harmoniously with others. This is common with many mal adjusted sociopaths.

    Hard to know what to do for the best for someone who I suspect is on the spectrum and will have a lifetime of personal issues to contend with, such as alcoholism etc.

    This to be pitied individual is looking for validation to try and make himself feel important and sadly would not seem to possess the intellectual wherewithall to do that constructively, apart from his signature constantly abusing and insulting others which he possibly views as point scoring. It’s classic behaviour .

    Jeff calling people t-ssers, now that really is irony. But there for the grace of god go we.

  • John Tudor

    Dec 12, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #28

    jib googles it and finds saurons ugly brother

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 12, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Go on Hoots, I don’t think Ashley could have tolerated a situation where we had a popular manager, I don’t think the fans would have ever turned on him and that would have left the fat man right in the firing line !

  • jayphoto

    Dec 12, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Gini played in central mid (no.8 role) whenever I saw PSV.
    He’s bound to say he prefers no.10. Every centre mid ever does, its less tracking back, more based on shooting and creating and generally comes with more prestige and glory. generally its the position every kid outside of england (where its probs no9) dreams of starring. It’s also in most countries the number given to the best player.
    That said despite his goals hes still not dominating games yet in PL like he did in holland. Id keep him wide too for now.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 12, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #31

    Jib Jibberish………………………………………..OOT
    Ian “Aesop” Toon…………………………………OOT

  • jayphoto

    Dec 12, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #32

    @jail – i met Hoots when he was Birmingham manager. Hes in the same level of class as Sir Bobby Robson in terms of being an absolute gent!
    Don’t think him and ashley could ever coexist for long as they are polar opposites in integrity.
    I rate hughton as one of 3 successful managers in my lifetime, will always hope his teams win

  • Jib

    Dec 12, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #33

    Gomis Equalises !!!!!!!!!!

  • Jib

    Dec 12, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Toure 91st minute what a heartbreaker !!!!!

  • AncientC

    Dec 12, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #35

    Jammy Man City.

  • John Tudor

    Dec 12, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #36

    how shite are the makems

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 12, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Swansea losing is a bloody good result for us tbh !

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 12, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #38

    Mackems have been shite for years, do just enough to keep their heads above water, somehow; well not somehow, thanks to us actually. How any manager hasn’t come in to that club and got rid of their entire defence and Clattermole over the last 3/4 seasons is beyond me. Brown and O’Shea have stolen a PL career off the back of brilliant management from Fergy, who elevated them beyond their abilities and enhanced their rep, which they’ve survived on since.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 12, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #39

    That must have been a time to remember, I think in Mashleys cynical mind he would have known hanging out Hoots to dry would have seen the fans turn on himself rather than Hoots, where as Pardew was happy to take the flak in return for silver.

  • Mag52

    Dec 12, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #40

    Any owner who hires Hughton, knows a thing or two.
    Any owner who fires him should take up a different sport.


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