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Newcastle Star Is A Real Handful Who Has Now Stepped Up

2:41 pm, Monday, December 21st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

When Moussa Sissoko of Newcastle is in the mood he is a terrific player for us and he can create chances for other players, as the 6’2″ powerhouse rushes down that right wing and is almost impossible to stop once he generates  some speed and momentum.

But there are also times when Moussa doesn’t seem to be too bothered, but to his credit he’s been in form over the last few games when Newcastle have picked up a good 7 points in 3 games and 14 points in our last 9 games.

That was after our first 8 games got us just three points – three draws – in what another terrible start to a Premier League season.


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Moussa Sissoko – can be a great player for Newcastle

Sky Sports Pundit Paul Merson seems to be the latest to realize how good Moussa can be, but the big Frenchman still hasn’t reached his potential at Newcastle and like a lot of our players this season he’s still not consistent enough.

This is what Paul Merson has said about the Newcastle midfielder:

“When they went through that not winning run you didn’t really see Moussa Sissoko, but all of a sudden he has now come to the fore.”

“He is a handful, he’s big and he is strong, he should be taking the game by the scruff of the neck a lot more than he does.”

“Fair play to him, when they have needed him now, he has stepped up – sometimes that is very difficult when you’re not winning football matches.”

One challenge for new manager Steve McClaren is to somehow get the very best out of the 33 times capped French International, who has played 109 times for Newcastle with 11 goals and 16 assists since we signed him from Toulouse almost three years ago.

Moussa has played 17 times for us this season and he is still an automatic choice for the side.

Comments welcome – but please be civil to other readers who may disagree with your views.

Tags: Coaching · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press · Pundit

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Dec 21, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    Ed should organise a photo caption competition. What is Sissoko saying?

  • 2 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 21, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Could in be a coincidence that the playing of SDJ has aloud Sissoko to have a more free role. I would start SDJ against Everton as he has plugged the hole and links up defence and attack. Look a lot more balanced team with him in – but – would like to find a place for Perez.
    but who would I drop?????

  • 3 Toon_Tom // Dec 21, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    “He’s okay officer – Papis has just had a few too many egg-noggs but his mother will be here to collect him shortly!!”

  • 4 Our Toon // Dec 21, 2015 at 2:59 PM


    Agreed on SDJ mate, if anything he’s a communicator and organises well. Perez is better used as impact sub, as much as I like him as a player I just don’t think he’s as much of a team player

  • 5 posada // Dec 21, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    I didn’t hear it, but Chronicle makes some mention of booing after Villa game.
    Did anyone notice it. If true it demonstrates that some folks just don’t understand the game of football.
    It’s not a visit to the cinema with a guaranteed happy ending.

  • 6 Tsunki // Dec 21, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    “Hi Mr Wenger!”

  • 7 JP...from The Rock // Dec 21, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Rare shot of Sissoko skiling there. He still needs to be more consistent.

  • 8 Douglas // Dec 21, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Team for Everton
    Janmaat Coolo (unfortunately) Mbemba Mbabu
    Sissoko de Jong Gini

  • 9 Douglas // Dec 21, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Team for Everton
    Janmaat Collo (unfortunately) Mbemba Mbabu
    Sissoko de Jong Gini Colback Anita
    Perez Mitrovich
    (4-5-2, hope the ref cant count and go for it!)

  • 10 chuck // Dec 21, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    For some of you folks who constantly criticise Sissoko,
    he is the best player by far in the side and were it not for he and Janmaat, where would our attacking play come from.

    He also cosistently tracks back and has developed a great understanding with Janmaat,

    I mean what more can you expect, perfection ?

    Wise up and stop listening to “Kna Nowts” like the so called reporters from the local news media, who for the most part are only looking for controversy.

  • 11 chuck // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    And while you are t it, how about cuting some slack to Colo. who has been very consistent lately and has been a great servant to this club since his arrival.

  • 12 The next Mike Williamson // Dec 22, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    I used to think Moussa only motivated himself for the big teams but it’s down to the fact they commit bodies forward and when we break he can charge into loads of space. His skill level is minimal so he can only be effective counter attacking. I bet anyone will struggle to remember a game where he destroyed a team outside the big 6. He’d be lethal at Leicester or Palace or Watford.

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