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Newcastle Issue Big Hint To Wantaway Players

7:38 pm, Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 74 Comments

Moussa Sissoko’s pleas to Arsenal to sign him today were a little pathetic and before leaving Newcastle the 26 year-old French International should ask himself if he can get a first team place at a Champions League club.

Especially one in England and even more at Arsenal who have been a Champions League side every single season since Arsene Wenger took over back in 1996.

We doubt it.

moussa sissoko in france colors

Moussa Sissoko – French International and wimp

It may be great for him if he signs for his dream club Newcastle – sorry I mean Arsenal – but if he’s on the bench every week at the Emirates then that will not be good and he will lose his place in the French squad too.

That’s exactly what happened to Mathieu Debuchy after he joined Arsenal – he lost his first team place at the Gunners to Hector Bellerín and subsequently lost his French place and he’s never picked for the French squad these days.

It’s not that Moussa has been in such great form for us these last couple of seasons either – and the game against Tottenham – which could be his last game for Newcastle – was his best game for Newcastle last season.

His good performances in all truth have been too few and far between.

And Newcastle issued a statement today after the Sissoko outburst, saying it was their intention to put a strong squad together for the Championship and that would be the top priority at the club.

This is the Newcastle United statement:

“We have had enquiries for some of our players, but our position remains the same: We want to retain and build a very strong squad at Newcastle United for the forthcoming season and that is absolutely what we will do.”

“We will always act in the best interests of the club and the squad.”

In any case Newcastle will only sell their top players for top money – and if they don’t get those offers coming in for the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat – they will be going nowhere.

They may have to get used to that – sooner rather than later – and Rafa is known to be very tough and make players abide by their contracts.

They got us into this mess – they can now help to get us out of it – and not just take a hike to some club where it will be a lot more comfortable for them next season.

They need to show some guts and courage – and take a cue from their manager Rafa Benitez – who has already shown that for the Newcastle cause.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Daryl Janmaat · Georginio Wijnaldum · Management · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News

74 responses so far ↓

  • 1 G // Jun 7, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Jog on Sissoko, thanks for nowt you scumbag. Be playing for Palace or Bournemouth in 12 months.

  • 2 ShirebrookToon // Jun 7, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Every transfer window is the same old story with Sissoko!

  • 3 lesh // Jun 7, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Good to see Sissoko et al being told what’s to be and that they can’t just pick and choose whether and when they can go.

    If they are so convinced they’re as good as they think they are, then big-money offers’ll come in for them.

    Until then, they should keep their skate gobs shut and concentrate on getting their club out of the Championship, the league they helped get us relegated into.

  • 4 carl // Jun 7, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Enter Jail with his “Rafa Lotion”.

    Last comment before I go off to chat about football.
    Concern for the victims of discrimination is laudable. Maybe not with those that believe this is a land of opportunity and that those who do not succeed have only themselves to blame.

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Jun 7, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Rafa lotion,
    That’s funny Ian

  • 6 ShirebrookToon // Jun 7, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    He’s got no chance of getting a move to arsenal. Xhaka or Sissoko hmmmmmm let me think!

  • 7 welshgeordie9 // Jun 7, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Well said Ed, I was trying to explain that to our toon, Sissoko wants out, just like debuchy and cabaye and those two disrupted the team with them having a cob on, they think they can do better.

  • 8 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Are you going off Ian?

    I wondered what that whiff was.

  • 9 Thump // Jun 7, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    With Sissoko I’ll allow it. I’m sure he’ll have a fantastic time at Palace.

  • 10 ShirebrookToon // Jun 7, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    That statement wouldn’t have been issued by the club if Rafa wasn’t at the helm.

  • 11 ShirebrookToon // Jun 7, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    I’d swap bolasie for Sissoko

  • 12 Our Toon // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:01 PM


    I’ll ask you the question again, who disrupts the team more Ashley or Sissoko?

  • 13 carl // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    It’s the only funny thing you’ve said to my knowledge and it was an accident !!! I hear your changing your name to Bail for Ashley or are you having second thoughts.

    If you could be bothered to search the archives, which you constantly do, you would be aware that he’s away in the US annually in June on work experience. This is his third year I believe I can’t help you with Rooty. You’re losing your edge but free speech prevails try getting involved.
    Owt of here!

  • 14 Our Toon // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Who’s going to win the Euros people? Any predictions

  • 15 Moonraker15 // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    If Sissoko gets granted a move it’ll be to either, Stoke, Everton, or Southampton or similar, from where he will drift into obscurity whilst Newcastle climb back where we belong and take the PL by storm next season. We are gonna have the biggest crowds ever seen in the Championship and blow the opposition away!
    Our time is here lads!

  • 16 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Jail or Bail.
    There’s got to be a game show in that!

  • 17 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Full of jeopardy…wooooo!
    Top prize a season ticket.

  • 18 ShirebrookToon // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Our Toon I’ve gone for Belgium

  • 19 NoahJ // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    This guy sounds like he’s come off the back of a great season and the giants of europe are after him- he probably wouldn’t even get in the stoke team.

    he can go, but we will not sell him on the cheap. If he complains, we can do what we did when colocinni started complaining about being denied a move- telling him he had to buy out his own contract and lose his loyalty bonuses – that soon shut him up

  • 20 ZIPPIE57 // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Let him go , never gets grass on his shorts anyway

  • 21 Mister Tuff // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    carl/Ian – never mind Rafa Lotion.
    You’ll need some proprietary lotion from Boots the Chemists to apply to your jacksie after I administer a damn good thrashing to your flabby buttocks with my thwacking cane.

  • 22 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    It’s their turn.

  • 23 welshgeordie9 // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    that’s easy, sissoko, why because you rely on players to win matches, managers, owners, chairmen don’t, so therefore to win matches you need a squad who gels on and off the pitch, if there’s a bunch who causes trouble then the morale in the squad won’t be great therefore you won’t get the performances out of them therefore you won’t get the results, both disrupt the team but for different reasons.

  • 24 Moonraker15 // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Freakin hell I’ve seen everything now! Pardew has an articl in the Daily Mail explaining how Hodgson should use the strikers in Euros and explaining how he rotated Cisse and Ba at Newcastle! Haha as if he actually had a plan! What a nob!

  • 25 welshgeordie9 // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Looking at old stories, but maybe i was wrong about debuchy but i think cabaye wanted out and some others.

  • 26 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    I think Janmaat will be most upset if Sissoko gets an earlier train than him.

  • 27 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    Ireland, simples..

    you know why god invented whiskey? to keep the irish from taking over the world… and im irish, so I can tell that joke 🙂

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    Bet your life on it, Sissoko will end up at Palace and bring the Wearer of silly glasses down and his football team down.

  • 29 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Are we winning?
    I decided to stay.

  • 30 Our Toon // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    I’ve gone with the French lads, they have some team but will miss Varane, Zouma, Benzema and Suprised they didn’t take hba

    Belgium have a fantastic squad but I’m yet to see them play as a team. Germans always look good.

    I’ve gone with Spain France final

  • 31 Jail for Ashley // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Only one down required!

  • 32 Belfast // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Must be one of the biggest arse wipes to ever play for the club. I really really really hope he gets his wish….

  • 33 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Or an early French exit, with heads on pikes and suggestions of nepotism and star players left at home …in Algeria.

  • 34 Jail for Ashley // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Who’s in America?

  • 35 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Glad to hear it BandB…

    weve a 4th round tie vs a MLS team in Houston a week from tomoorow, so the clan is taking a road trip.. ill be sure to send you pics

  • 36 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    How many rounds Dok?
    In the land of the giant serving, I hope it isn’t 48.
    Give Houston a problem.
    Howay you Santa’s, as Mike would say.

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Funny you mention Jack Root and archives, when I searched him I found a post from Ian Toon, he likes that word discerning mind, he was telling Jimmy “jinky” Smith from Hovis nostalgia that he thought that Stones was the best thing since Rio, Jack Root was telling BoobyBee the discerning astute fan the same thing the other day. Coincidence, yer right!

  • 38 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Can you let a balloon go for me on Friday Dok?
    For Ali, who I was probably to encouraged to watch and admire with more detailed appreciation than Norman Mailer.
    It may end up over the Gulf of Mexico. But that’s as close as I’ll get. It’s the thought the counts.
    Though me dad probably wiped out anyone “up there” to be first to shake his hand.

  • 39 Jail for Ashley // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Bobbybee 😮

  • 40 JAMSHA // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Plzzz Sell Sissi, We Can Get A Better Young English Players,

  • 41 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    were in the final 32 BandB 🙂

  • 42 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    and ill def get that sorted out for you, free of charge 🙂

  • 43 Jib // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Don’t mention arse wipes in front of Mr Tuff
    He’s always mentioning thwacking buttocks
    He’s clearly got an anal fixation

  • 44 Back Door Man // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    YCMIU – I not sure anybody guaranteed that those dandies in their crumpled linen suits and co-respondent winkle-pickers worship at our high altar here on The Blog.  All that was suggested was perhaps posters might like to consider being a little more ‘measured’ when hunting down those players in need of a tuning as they might visit.

    We must bare in mind that the majority of the players aren’t that bright;  haven’t we witnessed the steady erosion of their critical faculties down the years, to a point where their IQs have sunk to marginally lower than my dog’s bollocks (and it’s a bitch!).  So, what might appear to us as a cogent arguement might make them scratch their well-oiled tats in confusion and react badly.

    When they’re shoved in front of the cameras to grunt their views on the meaning of life in the four-four-two space-time continium, we can hear the rhythmic squeak-and-groan of their walnut-sized brains turning over.  Just imagine what it must be like for them listening to Manuel as he poses his flutingly locuted riddles like some elderly, down at heel waiter.

    Oh, and if what’s being reported in the gutter press about Sissoko wanting to abscond is true, then good riddance!

    Finally, the Euros …

    The Shaggers lose all their games and that ugly bastard’s jaw falls even further to meet his belly button

    Northern Ireland get to the Semi

    and Fritz defeats Poland in the Final (sounds familiar).

  • 45 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    Interesting stat on Dummett

    “Dummet started 23 games last season and in the 21 where he played more than a half, Newcastle averaged 1.4 PPG (enough for 9th in the table). How did we fair without him? 7 points. SEVEN. From 17 games”

  • 46 Back Door Man // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    I enjoy Bobby’s musings and his tales from the terraces so don’t want him to go on the run, camping out in various safe houses like a modern day Buster Edwards, trying to ‘shoot it out’ with those who like a bit of bother.  Yep, I know he’s well-armed and can return fire straight and true, but remember ‘Bobbybee is Innocent, OK’.

    Remember, BDM is the ‘voice of reason’ … so behave yourselves and don’t be horrible to each other.

  • 47 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    I agree about bobby.

    Not only does he define the very essence of fandom, but he has been rewarded not only with a match day Blue Peter badge, but Blue Peter transport that can get him to the hospital and the match and back to the blog quicker than Jack Flash.

  • 48 Tsunki // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    “Tsunki, save it. Frame it. Shove it up your ass. Why should i care what you do?”

    Er…because you keep barfing on about it? At least it’s a Capital “T”. Let’s not forget that it was you who took umbrage of the slight on Mike, I did very little to make you knock those pills off the bedside table into the chamber pot Bobsy me old treacle 😀

  • 49 Tsunki // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    As someone I used to work with would say – “Divvent get Ower Sparky, Hinny”

  • 50 jimmysmith // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Would Sissoko have been told he won’t play for France unless he’s playing top flight football? I’m far from convinced about that. If he’s good enough and available he’ll be included, so long as he’s in Europe. It would also be highly mischievous of Deschamps if he has. Because Newcastle pay his wages and have the player under contract. More likely his agent in his ear, or the player having a little whitey. The club needs to be fair and firm, and take it’s time.

    Ideally though would be Sissoko having a great Euro’s and Arsenal stepping in with a decent offer. He is a highly talented player. We are well placed to come out of this quite well, whether he stays or goes.

  • 51 welshgeordie9 // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Back Door Man

    Shaggers really, you would love to have bale in your squad, better than those muppets, rather pick on who they are than on form.


  • 52 Tsunki // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Moonraker @34 – rotation you say? Jesper will be spinning in his pergatory.

  • 53 welshgeordie9 // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Man City in talks with PEA, if only we signed him a few years ago.

  • 54 Tsunki // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:34 PM


  • 55 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    I hope Bobby isn’t blogging from the back of an ambulance.

    We’ve all seen that kind of dedication before.

  • 56 Tsunki // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Ed! PEA article! STAT!

  • 57 Tsunki // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    BandB no chance he’s got his work cut out being a siren.

  • 58 Tsunki // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    I’m not sure a prisoner of SJP Sissoko would bode well for a successful championship campaign 😐

  • 59 Tsunki // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    I’m sure when Bobby has had enough of accidentally poking his eye with that pop up tome of his he’ll be wading back in here as the Lord of Tramadol wreaking firm justice on all opposers of our Dickensian Master.

  • 60 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Well, Tsunki, there’s been some brave little soldiers on this blog.

    Who can forget the break billson had to take after his personal misfortunes coincided with him having nothing much he’d ever said that could be defended anymore?

    Or the way Chancel gamely blogged from intensive care into the early hours about a rival website he was just slightly interested in.

    We are all martyrs to our love of the club.

  • 61 jimmysmith // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    I do agree Sissoko would have to be more consistent to be a regular at a club like Arsenal. But just because he struggled for consistency in a poor Newcastle side doesn’t mean he will in a much better one. Vardy and Sissoko would very well add a physical edge to Arsenals 11 that’s been missing. Pace, power and direct football that arguably has been the very thing they’ve been missing.

    Go on Arsene take a punt. You’ve got the money.

  • 62 Mister Tuff // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    Thought Aubameyang might be away to Liverpool this season but this City connection is growing at pace. If City sign him I’ll back them for the title next season (providing they get some better defenders).

  • 63 Mister Tuff // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Ah -bygone times bwave soldiers promoting a bwave new world – those were the days.

  • 64 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    To be fair, I think it was less who first pointed out bobby’s apparent teleportation powers.

  • 65 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:04 PM


    That’s a correction.
    Not a Lesh phone malfunction.

  • 66 lesh // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Ashley wore his black and white tie at Parliament today – now doesn’t that just show how much he lervs Newcastle United!

  • 67 lesh // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:16 PM



  • 68 Bobbybee // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Are you morons actually discussing how long it takes to go to hospital? It took four hours. Journey there, twenty minute appt, wait for transport back. Is four hours for a twenty minute appt unusual? Are you lot real? People don’t leave the blog because they run out of arguments, they leave because you cretins make blogging a chore, not the pleasure it’s meant to be. Discussing hospital appt’s as a way of trying to prove… whatever is in your sad little heads. Do you honestly know how stupid you sound? And don’t bother, i’ve already gone. You lot seriously need help.

  • 69 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Could you crush a grape?

  • 70 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Was it not you Lesh?

    I apologise.

    Hate to get the wrong man.

  • 71 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    When I go to hospital, Bobs, I’m usually thinking about hospital and I’m rarely in a punchy mood for blogging afterwards.

  • 72 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Maybe I’m not a true believer.

  • 73 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    Usually I’m thinking about my family and stuff.
    Like you would if you weren’t nuts.

  • 74 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    And a lying shill

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