Moussa Sissoko has come in for some serious criticism this season because at times in some games when the going gets tough he doesn’t seem to want to know.
That criticism has been justified.
But on the other positive side of things when this man is in form he’s a great player for us as he has shown in the last two games when he has provided the assists for some of our very important goals and all 6 points.
Gini Wijnaldum jumps on Moussa Sissoko last Sunday
It was after Ayoze Perez’ winning goal – he’s stuck in the middle
The Frenchman also says too many times in the French press that he wants to leave Newcastle for a bigger club and play in the Champions League.
So it is with this background in mind that here’s what Moussa has told the Chronicle today and it’s very surprising to us because it is so positive form the 26 year-old:
“We’re all focused on this game – that’s the players and the fans.” “Aston Villa are bottom of the Premier League but it will still be a fantastic result for us if we win.” (agree with that)
“We savored the win against Tottenham but now it is now about Aston Villa.”
“We have trained well and we are ready for Saturday.” “From the beginning our fans were behind us at Tottenham. The result wasn’t going for us but they stayed with us.”
“After a great win we celebrated with them. I say thank you to all of them. I hope they will be with us for the whole season – we want to give them another win against Aston Villa.”
“I am very happy and proud of the team. We have played well in the last two games.”
“Maybe the first half against Spurs wasn’t too good because we didn’t play our best football. At half-time we said we could still get back into the game with confidence and belief.”
“We must believe in ourselves. We have shown character and spirit in the second half. It was a great win for us. Against Aston Villa we must show the same type of display again.”
“When the strikers have confidence it can only be better for the team. Ayo and Mitro now have their goals. They came on and helped us win the game.”
“We’re happy for them and the team, Now we must keep going.” “After the great win against Liverpool we beat Spurs, now we must follow up again.”
“Aston Villa will be a tough game but if we play like we did at Spurs, we can get three points.”
We suppose that Newcastle “consultant” Steve Black is starting to have some impact on the attitudes of the Newcastle players and certainly over the last two games we haven’t seen any heads drop in the Newcastle side.
It’s quite amazing that Newcastle have turned things around against Liverpool and Spurs in the last two games – we expected two defeats in those games and thought we could be in big trouble by now.
But we were wrong on that big time.
Now our players need to win tomorrow’s game – and it’s a situation where we should win – so in that sense it’s another test for the team.
Here’s hoping we can get our third win on the trot and drink some Christmas cheer in celebration tomorrow night.
Howay The Lads!!