This Top Player Wants To Leave Newcastle This Summer


We had thought when we look at the Newcastle squad, that three players who would push strongly for a move this summer if Newcastle were relegated would be Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat.

So it’s not too surprising there is a report coming out of France in L’Equipe today that Sissoko has ‘no intention’ of staying with Newcastle and helping us get back to the Premier League next season.

For a player who has continually said he should playing in the Champions League every season – that’s not surprising.

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The powerful Moussa Sissoko in action on Sunday
In his last game for Newcastle – probably

There are reports today that Arsenal are willing to pay £10M for the powerful midfield player and that another London club – West Ham – are also interested.

The more clubs interested in Moussa the better, because that will help drive the price up and Newcastle would be willing to allow Moussa to leave.

His price will go up further if he plays well for France in Euro 2016.

Newcastle should let any player leave who doesn’t want to stay and be part of Rafa’s revolution – and then in a couple of years time it will be interesting to see where Newcastle are and how those players are doing at their new clubs.

If Moussa does join Arsenal, we would be very surprised if he can make the starting line-up, although Arsene Wenger is a top manager and could bring out the best in the 26 year-old 35 times capped French International.

That’s exactly what Rafa Benitez has been able to do over the last 10 games and even made the Frenchman his captain.

Sissoko could even stay if Rafa deems him a player he wants to keep on board as he build up the Newcastle team, although he may not be able to persuade him to stay.

Moussa Sissoko has played 132 times for Newcastle with 12 goals since signing for us from Toulouse in January, 2013 – and he was easily our Man of the Match on Sunday against Spurs with 44% of the vote in what could be his last game for the club.

In the second half and especially when we went down to 10 men the Frenchman was simply unbelievable and almost unplayable.

He was a great example to the rest of the players and resulted in the Magpies scoring three unanswered goals after Mitrovic had been sent off after 68 minutes when we were leading 2-1.

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85 comments so far

  • hibbitt

    May 19, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #1

    never been a top player in my eyes

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  • scout

    May 19, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Couldn’t tie Nobles boots and wouldn’t make the Arsenal bench. The man wears a sleeping bag as a vest.

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  • Wayayman

    May 19, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #3

    The bloke has bottled more games than pretty much anyone else in our squad. he can’t tackle and his decision making is awful. He only gets out of 2nd gear when the games suit him and he’s definitely NOT the type of player who will slog it out for 46 games in the Championship. Sell the bloke and get someone in who gives a toss.

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  • stripes1009

    May 19, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Get rid of him before the Euro’s because if he puts the same amount of effort into playing for France as he has for Newcastle……his value will go down!
    For a long time this season, he has been a very poor player……

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  • scout

    May 19, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #5

    You reckon he will play for France? Have you been on the aeroplane glue?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 19, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #6

    You all know my airport story.

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  • banjax

    May 19, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    No sour grapes over ANY player who wants to leave because those players have no sense of guilt or responsibility for the part they played in the relegation of the club to the Championship and wouldn’t perform to the best of their ability. My only concern is the NUFC and the best transfer fee we can get.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 19, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #8

    The mood music this morning:

    “Newcastle are happy but they still need Benitez to rubber stamp the deal. It’s been suggested in some quarters that he may hanging on for a better option. That’s not the case, insist his camp.”

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  • expatmag

    May 19, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    25 million and he can pick his club

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  • hibbitt

    May 19, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #10

    airport story ?????

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 19, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #11

    I wouldn’t lose sleep over any of the following going:-

    Sissoko: Poor touch, poor decision making, poor shooting, poor attitude.

    Janmatt: Poor defender, wasteful attacker.

    Taylor: perma-crock and s—e.

    SDJ: perma crock

    Shelvey: 1 game in 10 performer.

    I would only miss Wijni because the potential is there, but is so lazy and maybe Mitro to a degree, but he’s a liability, has no pace and misses too many chances .

    Colback and dummet: well i guess it’s their level now.

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 19, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Jail…….. It’s looking nailed on now that Rafa will be staying. I have to agree that a season in the Championship with Rafa staying on makes more appeal than a struggle in the PL with the likes of McC bumbling along.
    I know you stated that you will be buying season tickets for you and your daughter if Rafa stays and if he doesn’t you won’t be going anywhere near the place. As I pointed out earlier this is rather a vague statement as Newcastle is only relatively small in comparison to other city centres and you would be near the ground wherever you were in the city centre. However leaving that to one side and should the unthinkable happen and Rafa does leave, I was wondering if there are any other managers out there that would convince you to buy the ST’s?

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 19, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Scout

    He’s in the squad, so he is bound to get some game time for france. They tend to chuck him in wide right of a front 3

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  • jayphoto

    May 19, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #14

    12-15m would be a great deal on this for me. He has ability. Hes primarily a central player through his whole career and to be fair he played wide more than not here so out of position of sorts. I think rafa staying will signal the end of the French speaking influence at NUFC anyway. Obertan and marveaux have gone, sissoko, tiote and cisse will surely go, Thauvin, Gouffran and Riviere will go if theres any takers.
    The only one I can see staying is Saivet as we’ll be short centrally if Tiote, Sissoko, Gini all go.

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  • jayphoto

    May 19, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #15

    @Rotonda – I think shelvey will tear the championship up to be honest. His game at Swansea was based around strikers making runs beyond the last defender, which he hasn’t had so far at Newcastle, the players were far too static.
    Rafa at all his sides has built around a player like shelvey- a midfield 2, one a deep lying playmaker the other a destroyer. I think he’ll use shelvey this way once he can have preseason to really get the side how he wants it. I think the last 8 games were more a set up because we can’t afford to lose and theres no time to change the system too drastically and we’ll see a slightly more dynamic side come august when the work has been drilled in.

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 19, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #16

    Generally I think the players/some of the players will be keeping quiet about their intentions -until the Rafa situation is sorted out – cannot blame them for that.
    However first out the door will be Sissoko.
    His last game – he played like a man possessed.
    He is not a natural footballer with excellent skills but relies on power and speed.

    Watched a Tinkerman interview the other day – any player having doubts about the club – are out. Best policy to maintain a united dressing room.

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  • Jib

    May 19, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #17

    L’Equipe actually says
    “Relégué avec Newcastle, Moussa Sissoko ne fera pas de vieux os chez les Magpies.”

    Relegated with Newcastle, Moussa Sissoko will not make old bones staying in the home of the Magpies.

    Not a saying I’m familiar with.
    I guess it means he won’t grow old at SJP (end his career there ) not that he’s looking for an immediate move ?

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 19, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #18

    hibbit – gist is jail bumped into him at the airport and asked him about his club intentions -cannot recall his exact reply but it was non committal.

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  • Wayayman

    May 19, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #19

    JAY@15, I agree on Shelvey. Armstrong is exactly the sort of striker that Shelvey will feed. Could be an exciting time if Rafa sees the potential in Arma.

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 19, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Jib Jibberish – whilst that French phrase has other meanings in this context it means he will “not be around for long”.

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  • Jib

    May 19, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Just a guess
    But I think apart from a few local warm-up kickabouts we may not have a pre season tour as such , which would be no bad thing.
    Last summers toby around the USA was of no benefit whatsoever !

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 19, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #22

    Bye and good riddance. Extremely overrated player. Can be brilliant when he actually turns up for a game . Though that only happens at a maximum of 5 games per year. His first touch is terrible and his decision making is very limited and predictable.

    I would wait out for more than 10m if more than one club is in fact interested and wait for ater the Euros to see if a daft club think he will be a top player for them and gives us more for him.

    A complete waster of undoubted talent. His engine and strength is remarkable but his, shooting, touch and passing is terrible so we can do without. His attitude is also very poor and is one of the few ‘stars’ I would be happy to see the back of.

    Bye bye Socks! Now lets get a proper trier in the Townsend mould instead!

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  • Jib

    May 19, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #23

    Thanks for that Mr Tuff

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  • Toon_Army

    May 19, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Makes me laugh when players like this spout such nonsense, he says he should be playing Champions League Football but he managed to prove this season that he is a Championship level player, if other clubs have any sense they won’t touch him with a barge pole and try to find a player with more credibility than just shooting their mouth off…

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 19, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #25

    I really can’t wait to see Arma play a good run of games for ums in the Championship. He is a quality finisher with pace that could very well be a huge star for us in the future. I really hope he is given a proper chance to shine now that we are in his current level.. The Championship. There’s no reason not to play him. What’s best is that he is quick and mobile compared to all our other strikers that are predictsble and slow.

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 19, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #26

    Jib Jibberish
    ne pas faire de vieux os = not be around for long.

    faire is the infinitive to do or to make.
    In the article you cite – fera is a future tense of the verb faire

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  • stuart no9

    May 19, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #27

    ED …… are you sure soko has played 132 games for us ?? .I simply cant believe that . i can only remember 2 …..against chelsea on his debut and against spurs on hopefully his last game for us.. what happened to the 130.??

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  • jayphoto

    May 19, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Got a feeling if Rafa stays we may see some surprise players stay. I’ve got about 8 down as definite goners but can’t see rafa staying and letting much more than that go from the 25 man squad.
    Ive got Krul , janmaat, Taylor, Tiote, sissoko, cisse and doumbia as players that will deffo go. Along with Obertan and marveaux. That’s already about 350k a week off the bill. If colo goes that’s another 80k p/w gone.
    Got a really slight feeling we may keep hold of Gini. Not sure why, just these rafa talks are football related. He wants a side that can bounce back at the first time, and he doesn’t do that by losing more than 10 from the squad!

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    May 19, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #29

    I like sissoko, & think he is a good player. I think his best position is box to box infront of tioti.
    But as long as benitez stays I couldn’t care if sissoko leave. Benitez has strong contacts in football, sissoko will no doubt be replaced.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    May 19, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #30

    & hopefully replaced by somebody with a better attitude.

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  • Novocastrian66

    May 19, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #31

    Good riddance. Anyway, has anyone seen this?
    http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/36328609

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  • jayphoto

    May 19, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #32

    to be fair to sissoko – he had a good game against west ham last season when we stayed up so he can do it in the pressure games.
    I don’t like him, I don’t like his attitude, but when he can be bothered he’s a hell of a player. We’ve had a losing culture at Newcastle for a while and its affected more than a couple of players. Sissoko would be a good squad rotation player at arsenal/Liverpool,Spurs etc. Anyone really aside from man city/Leicester who’s styles who styles won’t suit him. For 12m or so he’s an effective squad player at a decent club. Played well more often than not since rafa came in too.
    Be funny when he signs for pardew at palace mind

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  • Jib

    May 19, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #33

    Mr Tuff
    One learns something new every day

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 19, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #34

    Jib Jibberish – a further tip for you – look, listen and learn.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    May 19, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #35

    I changed my mind about Sissoko a dozen times a season. Incredibly frustrating player. Just when you’ve given up on him he puts in a couple of blinders. Ultimately though, just too unreliable I think, especially in a generally poor team. £10 mill. would be a decent price to get for him.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 19, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #36

    jay

    in that case with shelvey, then mitro with zero pace isn’t really ideal, whereas arma could possibly be.

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  • Back Door Man

    May 19, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #37

    Charlie in Gallowgate’s earlier observation regarding a change in club ownership: quote, “…. my biggest worry he sells up who the F**k would come in – could be out of the frying pan into the fire!” is worthy of consideration.

    Who, from the murky world of US hedge funds or some murderous Middle East family or some corrupt General from the Far East or some African blood diamond gangster or some dodgy curry baron from the Indian sub-continent, would any of us want to replace the Fatman. 

    I suspect the only folk loaded enough to take over are villains and bastards;  at least the Fatman is our bastard … perhaps it’s ‘better the Devil you know’.

    My player of the season is Mitrovic for his full blooded performances … what a shame the rest of the players didn’t copy his example.

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  • Jib

    May 19, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #38
  • jayphoto

    May 19, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #39

    @rotunda – yeah, I’d be tempted to play Arma as Coventry have in the #10 role, similar to bellamy with shearer, getting beyond the striker. Mitro laying off and flicking on should link well with arma!
    Still got a feeling riviere will do well in the championship too! Hes well suited for it!
    Its all hard to judge as average premier league players can be world beaters when they drop a level ala Alan smith the last time

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 19, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Back Door Man

    My sentiments/worry is some corrupt despot from those areas you mentioned and I would add Russia to your list – plenty of Putins mates have dodgy millions squirrelled away.

    Happier with the devil I know!!!!!!

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