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Why Rafa May Yet Decide To Sell Sissoko and Wijnaldum

12:24 pm, Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

If players like Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum whine on about wanting to leave Newcastle this summer, it may be best to sell them – but only at a very good price – and then let Rafa bring in some good players to replace them.

After all they were not good when Newcastle were struggling last season – and Moussa has never delivered on his obvious potential and maybe time is starting to run out.

The players Rafa has been able to attract to the club so far is an indication that our squad could be even stronger if we did cash in on Gini and Moussa – and replaced them with top players wanting to come to Tyneside.

wijnaldum sissoko after first goal norwich

Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko 

In fact Newcastle will insist on new players coming in before any transfers are sanctioned for the two stars to leave, much like Rafa did with Townsend.

That’s the way proper clubs do their business; they are concerned more about their squad strength than their financial strength.

The case for keeping Moussa and Gini is a clear one – they are good players who should be able to get us promoted next May  and then be the basis of the new Rafa Benitez Newcastle team.

Rafa can make them into better players, but their egos may get in the way as it did with Andros who ended up at Palace – and force them to leave second division Newcastle in the summer.

Let’s tell the truth –  there are not too many players who think Crystal Palace is a step up from Newcastle United.

It’s clear that if we can get say £15M-£20M for Moussa and £25M plus for Gini Wijnaldum they will be gone.

Newcastle will then be in extremely good financial shape and Rafa could strengthen the squad even further – but as we said we can only sell if players can be brought in as replacements.

But Rafa Benitez has been around the block a number of times and knows all about this stuff.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Contracts · Georginio Wijnaldum · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lochinvar // Jul 5, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Put their prices up , way up and that’s good business for NUFC.
    Club first please ( but after we have secured promotion ) !
    If Palace are prepared to offer £31.5m for Benteke then there’s a benchmark for value.
    Premier League has gone crazy for overseas investment so no Brexit effect evident here then.
    £100 m for Pogba anyone ( Mourinio thinks he’s worth it )

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Jul 5, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    I’m disappointed Townsend left but not bothered anymore, personally I think he’ll live to regret the decision and it would be truly amazing if Gayle was picked for the WC in Russia while the new manager decided he wasn’t going to need a once attacking converted wingback. As for Sissoko and Wijnaldum I really couldn’t care if the stay or don’t I just hope it’s sorted out sooner rather than later.

  • 3 WWSBRD // Jul 5, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    From previous
    Because Dummett is a CB and ur expecting him to remain at LB

  • 4 Spoof // Jul 5, 2016 at 12:47 PM


    Dummett has played as a fullback all his career, even as a kid as a friend of ours has a young daughter who’s boyfriend is Dummett’s best mate and Dummett himself will tell you he is a full back, I forget who it was possibly John Carver who said that he could develope into a CB and for some reason this CB tag has stuck he is a full back always has been but he can cover at CB and in time he may become a CB as Stuart Pearse did but he was in his thirties before that happened, sorry but Dummett is a left back and to be honest I feel that now is the time for us to agree to disagree as this debate has for me ran it’s course.

  • 5 manxpie // Jul 5, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Dummett is a LB he has played his whole career as a LB including Wales he’s played about 3 games at CB as a last resort (played well mind)
    last season he didn’t have a LW ahead of him or any cover not great for getting forward

  • 6 Spoof // Jul 5, 2016 at 12:52 PM


    It amazes me how so many feel that he is a CB, he is a full back all day long, he always has been.

  • 7 manxpie // Jul 5, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Wayne Rooney is supposedly quite a good keeper ya wouldn’t say he was a keeper now would ya? although he might’ve been a better choice than Hart!

  • 8 Spoof // Jul 5, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Supermac started his career as a left back, we should get him to come out of retirement so Dummett could then be allowed to play in his correct position because we would have our left back ????????

  • 9 manxpie // Jul 5, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Aye spoof plus i have never seen him get outclassed by any winger
    i remember when he was accused of being slow as well then against city he had navas in his pocket one of the fastest wingers in the league

  • 10 WWSBRD // Jul 5, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    If that lad has played as a full back his entire life that simply compounds my dire view of our reserve team because he is useless at it, he plays like a CB, he defends like a CB, runs like a CB, controls a ball like a CB (English one atleast because he cant) and has had his best games at CB

    If he sees himself as a LB he might as well knock it on the head now, I will be very disappointed if he continues there

    As for the debate I thought it ran its course earlier but u brought it back up again by taking another shot at Janmatt

  • 11 Spoof // Jul 5, 2016 at 1:02 PM


    Ok, how about we now call it a day whilst it’s still friendly, it has been a good debate, it’s good to have them, by the way I can see your point and how/why you have your views about both of them, I just see it differently.

  • 12 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 5, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Dummet may have played his whole career as a full back, but he has better natural talent at cb.
    It’s like when benitez went to chelsea, David Luiz was a cb, but benitez believed he’s better played in def mid.

  • 13 AndyMac // Jul 5, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    If this thread is about selling Gini and/or Sissoko there’s a danger of chucking all the PL players out in the hope of finding more next season when, hopefully, were back up.

    There are now at least seven top drawer clubs in the PL with good managers who we’d have to compete next season to bring in some quality and they’ll have more money than us. For that reason alone its worth holding onto Gini at least as Rafa was beginning to get a tune out of him.

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